Alex Borgen

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Phone Number5072068454
E-mail Addressalex.borgen@gmail.com
Websitewww.alexborgen.com

First interest in hand papermaking process: 2011

First piece of handmade paper: 2011

First handmade paper artwork: 2011

Beginning of active practice: 2011

Alex's Work in Hand Papermaking:

  1. Artist who uses handmade paper for book arts
  2. Artist who uses papermaking for three-dimensional work
  3. Artist who uses papermaking for two-dimensional work
  4. Educator or researcher who lectures about hand papermaking
  5. Educator who teaches hand papermaking (any facet)
  6. Production hand papermaker
  7. Researcher making handmade paper

Alex's Introduction to Hand Papermaking:

  1. Other : Graduate Program at Columbia College Chicago

Influences on Alex's Work in Hand Papermaking:

Publications initially important to Alex:

  1. Hand Papermaking Jounal : null
  2. Papermaking With Plants : Helen Heibert
  3. ? : Lilian Bell

Publications eventually important to Alex:

  1. handpapermaking : null

Countries where Alex's studied:

Raw materials used by Alex in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
  1. abaca - purchased fiber
  2. cotton linters - purchased fiber
  3. cotton rag - fiber prepared in house
  4. other fiber : recycled linen or cotton fabric, common plants, grasses, daylily: I started a papermaker's garden

Chemicals used by Alex for cooking fibers in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
Used Rarely

Tools and methods used by Alex for beating in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
  1. Hollander beater
Used Sometimes
Used Rarely
  1. blender
  2. hand beating

Style of sheet forming used by Alex in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes
  1. Nepalese style (pouring)

Years teaching hand papermaking: 2012-2013

Teaching formats used by Alex:

Used Sometimes
  1. one-on-one in studio
  2. writing

Alex's Income Contribution from Hand Papermaking:

  1. a lot

Narrative:

My work is currently involved in recycled fibers and alternative fibers. I helped to start a Papermaker's Garden at Columbia College Chicago, and much of my papermaking research revolves around gardens and agriculture as paper fiber sources. I also experiment with very LARGE deckle boxes. I also work with new media exploration, electronics and sound, as well as performance with paper. www.alexborgen.com http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Interarts/research/student-research.php http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Interarts/research/papermakers-garden.php http://blogs.colum.edu/interarts-cbpa/2013/03/22/papermakers-garden-recognized-as-key-component-of-wabash-arts-corridor/

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