An eyedropper filled with blue pigment hovers over a shallow tray of clear liquid. With steady hands the small droplets of color are released and waft along the surface. Seconds later a pale freeform circle is formed. The students performing these marbling techniques in papermaking are examples of the many projects taking place this Winter Term. They also serve as inspiration for this week’s photo series.
Tucked inside the basement of Hales Gymnasium is a small group of students who meet with artist and award-winning author Aimee Lee ’99. The group is constructing handmade paper in the context of global history and culture. Using East Asian and European techniques, they apply materials to make and decorate paper that will be bound into books. See more photos.
We continue our tour with a brisk walk across campus to the Geology Department in the Carnegie Building. Next, we’ll pull up a seat in King 123 for Intensive Greek; explore marginalized music in Bibbins Hall; set type and hand-crank sheets from the letterpress in Mudd Center; and visit Peters Hall, where the Language Lab has been transformed into a 3D printing room.
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