was an absolute pleasure to visit the new Dépendence of ARUCAD University with
space for workrooms for Architecture and Design, for Ceramics and Glassblowing.
The new building is at the roundabout down to the new harbor in Kyrenia. The
departments on three floors are equipped with all necessary machinery and it
was here, that ACPA was invited to hold a workshop on paper making. I spoke to Assist Prof. Dr. Esra Plumer Bardak, the Head of Plastic Arts, Faculty of Arts, ARUCAD, to explain the
reasons why she issued the invitation to our association. You will find her response
in writing at the end of my review.
the morning of the first day Ismet Tatar, the President of the Association held
a welcoming speech introducing the guests – there were about twenty – to the
background history of the association and to their vision and philosophy. See
the attached link for a presentation of the association on their website: https://www.kksdcyprus.com/video-galeri
Kansu, the first paper artist in Cyprus and co-founder of the association in
2015, then gave us a thorough insight to the history of paper, paper making and
the theoretical introduction we were taken to the basement into the Ceramic Department
by its head, Mümine Özdemirağ Yağlı; the
tables were already prepared, laid out with the tools for papermaking,
containers for the pulp, boards and the scooping frames.
Note: the professional expression for these frames...scooping frames, wire mesh frames etc. are: 'mould and decle'... but beginners would not understand it at the beginning...
Ok, where to start,
most of the guest students were most probably asking themselves. Big containers
distributed over the room, stacks of paper, newspapers, differently coloured
paper, carton, and the first duty was to
tear the paper up into small
pieces; lots of water on top to soak them. A big blender was used to thresh the
paper soup into fine pulp.
guest students were from all parts of the island, art students, art teachers from
different disciplines, and other creative people, they were all excited to
learn more about it. Three of the founder members, Ismet Tatar, Inci Kansu and
Emel Samioğlu were attending to the guest students and were individually
answering questions and assisting in the various processes.
the second day, the guest students
and some more members of our association had come to enjoy the paper making
process. You could feel the excitement in the air; in one corner, cartons and
pieces of material, felt and boards were being prepared, cut or torn. The
further steps were done, i.e. distributing the pulp into the individual
containers, then a binder – here wall paper glue – was prepared and added to
the pulp. It was explained that you had to feel by hand the saturation of the
first wire mesh frame was immersed into the pulp container and some pulp
scooped out with the frame in a horizontal position until all the water had run
off. Then, with some excitement, the frame was turned over onto a piece of
cloth, the water taken off with a piece of sponge, and very carefully the sheet
was loosened from the wire mesh until the first sheet was free. Within no time
the guest students had all done their turn and the sheets were laid out into
the sun to dry.
the third day the members of the workshop
were shown how to create paintings using paper pulp of various colours. Small
amounts of pulp were mixed with… for example henna, various liquid art colours
and by the means of a bulb syringe brought onto a newly made sheet of paper.
There is no end to how to decorate the sheets and many new suggestions came
from the very creative guest students of the workshop. They were doing collages
with all kind of bits and pieces, dried flowers, pieces of newspaper, skins of
vegetables, dried spices, pieces of string, cookie cutters to insert different
colours. Fascinating. Some very basic sculpting was tried by means of some
the meantime various samples of students’ dried handmade paper were taken off
the underlying cloth and displayed on a line across the room. A display of new
the fourth day we were shown the
technique of embossing on the newly gained dry sheets with some hard board
cutouts, geometric forms, with the help of a press available at the department.
That gave a new dimension to paper art for the guest students. The assisting founding members showed some
more possibilities to use the scooped paper for all kind of decorative art
from outside came to see what paper art was about. I heard that paper pulp and
paper art is being used in the universities’ departments of architecture as
has been a very successful workshop and thanks to facebook it was the news of
you have more questions, perhaps for arranging a similar workshop for a selected
group of interested people then please contact us. Meanwhile you may visit the
website of the association…. https://www.kksdcyprus.com/about-acpa
Assist Prof. Dr. Esra Plumer Bardak
Head of Plastic Arts
Faculty of Arts, ARUCAD
ACPA/KKSD at ARUCAD
10-14 September 2018
We are very happy to host the Cyprus Paper Artists’ Association “Making
Paper” Workshop as one of the first public workshops organised by ARUCAD.
The Faculty of Arts and ARUCAD at large values creative exchange with
local and international art associations, and seeks to build sustainable relationships
with organisations who contribute to the learning and growth of artistic media
and techniques. Cyprus Paper Artists’ Association (ACPA/KKSD) is a prolific
organisation founded by well-known Turkish Cypriot artists who are also active
members of the International Association of Papermakers and Paper Artists
The Department of Plastic Arts’ vision is to maintain an open platform
where the local and the international, the traditional and the new can meet and
fuse into innovative ways of creative art. The facilities of ARUCAD, including
Ceramic, Glass and Carving Workshops, Printmaking, Photography, Video and
Animation Studios, Digital Production as well as Painting and Drawing Studios
are fully equipped to allow such transdisciplinary experiments and
We are very excited to work with such a respectable group of artists
from ACPA/KKSD, and hope to carry on this exchange which will continue to
include members of local and international organizations, artists-makers,
training students, and the wider public alike.