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Experimental Forms in Paper

June 9 - 14, 2024

Bryant Holsenbeck  ·  bryantholsenbeck.com

Nicole Uzzell  ·  nicoleuzzell.com

Workshop Description


This workshop is designed for students interested in being experimental with combining paper and pulp to create 3D forms. A variety of sculptural techniques will be discussed to make wire armatures incorporating founds objects; both natural and man-made. Students will learn to pull sheets of paper and use overbeaten flax/abaca pulp for their strength, translucency and high shrinkage rate. This workshop will focus on utilizing paper for its surprising characteristics to create abstract or representational forms. Indigo and walnut dye will be introduced to add color. Students will be encouraged to forage around the grounds of Arrowmont or to bring items from home. At the conclusion of the week, students will leave with a range of experiments and fully developed paper sculptures. Open to all skill levels.


  • Learning to pull a sheet of paper
  • Working with wire and found objects to make armatures
  • Experiment with the sculptural qualities of pulp and paper
  • Using natural dyes to enhance the 3D form


  • Class Materials List
  • Please note any materials you are expected to purchase prior to arrival
  • Estimated fees vary based on class size and materials used


  • Knowledge of how to make sculpture using paper pulp, wire and found objects
  • Create experimental forms



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.


Artist Bio

Having begun her arts career as a basket maker, Bryant Holsenbeck has evolved into an environmental artist making large-scale installations documenting the waste stream of our society. She has shown her work and taught throughout the United States and Australia. Holsenbeck has been the recipient of 2 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowships, and a Project Grant and an NEA Arts and Learning Grant in collaboration with the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission. In 2013 Holsenbeck was an artist-in-residence at Moulin à Nef in Auvillar France. In 2010 Bryant Holsenbeck lived a full year without using single use plastic, and uses what she learned that year to make a smaller footprint on the environment. Her book, The Last Straw: A Continuing Quest for Life without Disposable Plastic, was published in the fall of 2018. She is also an independent studio artist who makes books, birds, and other mostly animals sculptures out of recycled materials.

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Nicole Uzzell is a sculptor working in paper. She is a professor of art at Salem College and Forsyth Tech Comm. College as well as teaching clay handbuilding at the Sawtooth School of Visual Art in Winston-Salem. She received her MFA in Sculpture at Lesley Art + Design in Cambridge, MA. Uzzell is a three-time recipient of the NC regional Artist Support Grant and has exhibited nationally.

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