Anne Beck

Papermaking as Contemporary Art Practice

June 13th – 17th, 2016


This workshop mines the ancient craft of hand papermaking for applications in our contemporary creative practice. Drawing inspiration from artists who use papermaking methods in their work – from drawing to social practice – we will explore a wide range of flat & sculptural techniques including large sheet formation, pulp printing & painting, watermarks, paper casting, and using newly-formed paper as a skin over an armature. Along the way, students will learn the process of transforming locally harvested plants and used clothes & linens (rag) into different types of pulp, forms, & paper, and how to easily adapt & replicate these methods in their own studios.


Anne Beck is an artist, curator, educator, farmer, and hand papermaker. She works collaboratively & independently in a variety of media from painting to print & book making to public intervention. Anne is a core member of The Printmakers Left, an international collective working in interdisciplinary arts. TPL’s most recent book project The Hinterlands will debut at Codex VI in Berkeley CA in February 2017. Anne’s work has been featured in In the Make, Studio Visits with West Coast ArtistsWorks & Days QuarterlyHyperallergic, and Dublin’s The Visual Artists News Sheet. She has received residency awards from the Virginia Center of Creative Arts, Can Serrat in El Bruc, Spain, Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany, and was Barstow Artist-in-Residence at Central Michigan University.  Anne is a 2015 recipient of the Fath Scholarship for Artists and Artisans of the Book from the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a project grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Anne lives & works in Northern California.