A Bridge Between Two Worlds: Papermaking in the Islamic Tradition

Indianapolis, IN: Herron Art Library at IUPUI is hosting a free reception and lecture presented by Radha Pandey, papermaker and letterpress printer, on Islamic World Papermaking on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM.

The event will begin with a reception at the Herron Art Library at 4:30 PM, followed by the lecture at the Herron auditorium at 6:00 PM. The lecture will conclude with a Q&A session with hands-on samples of traditional Islamic papers from India, dye-stuffs, and tools used for burnishing and sheetforming.

The talk will cover traditional Islamic-world papermaking history and technique, with a focus on contemporary practices in India. The Kagzi family is used as a case study to illuminate the introduction of papermaking in India, and how it changed under British rule. It will also cover how papermaking affected printing, publishing and literacy, and why it is relevant today.

Radha Pandey earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she studied Letterpress Printing, Bookbinding, and Papermaking with a focus on Western, Eastern and Islamic Papermaking techniques. Her artist’s books are held in 25 public collections including the Library of Congress and Yale University. Currently, Pandey is the Lead Papermaker and Studio Coordinator at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, OH.

Herron Art Library is located at 735 W New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202. The event is open to the public. RSVPs to ulibert@iupui.edu are strongly encouraged as space is limited. Paid parking is available at the Sports Complex Garage at West New York and Blake Streets, as well as at the Riverwalk Garage, just south of the Sports Complex Garage.

About Herron Art Library at IUPUI: The Herron Art Library is a full service branch of IUPUI University Library.  The library serves IUPUI students, faculty, staff, as well as the local community and beyond.  The collections focus on the study of the fine arts with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art as well as a notable Fine Press and Artist Book collection nearing 1000 items. 

If you have any questions, please contact Alicia Anino at ulibert@iupui.edu or 317-274-9833.

Updated Oct 18, 2016 by Webmaster