Sunday, August 17, 2014

Khandroling Paper Cooperative News, Demonstrations and Upcoming 2015 Events

Last weekend  we completed our third annual Papermaking event on Khandroling with Sheryl Jaffe and members joined by a few talented local  artists. Slowly our circle is widening. Beginning with our first WALKABOUT (See slide show) in the summer of 2012 on the land identifying plants for optimal papermaking, each year we return to our original inspiration—the land of the dakinis for sustenance and community.

[Rhoda, Madeline and Paul dive in]

Set up was easy with our new Ez-Up tent and the screen tent Nary Mitchell, farm manager, set up for us. 

[Sheryl showing us her collection of hand-made papers for inspiration]

[Dara, a Tibetan translator, showing us the Tibetan Alphabet]

[Sheryl and Brenda adding cooked Knotweed to the Critter--a tough beat. In the end out came the blender to breakdown the fibers further].

[Sheryl’s exquisite selection of handmade paper using natural fibers]


DZAMLING GAR  contacted us about participating in an international portfolio of interesting Dzogchen Community projects to present to their  local government in Spain. Dzamling Gar is the seat of the Internatlonal Dzogchen Communtiy founded by Choegyal Namkhai Norbu. We are proud to be a part of the Dzogchen Community which you can read about here although it is not necessary to be a part to participate in our programs.

Here is what we wrote:

Khandroling Paper Cooperative was founded in 2012 at Tsegyalgar East as a community activity endorsed by Choegyal Namkhai Norbu who said: 
“The project you are proposing seems very interesting. I think it will be successful and become very useful for all our Dzogchen Community.” 
The Paper Cooperative routinely gives demonstrations and workshops throughout our region partnering with a variety of organizations. Members of the cooperative participate according to their interests and skills including a program that recycles sacred texts.   Historically speaking buddhist teachings and handmade paper traveled together from the 2nd century until today.  We are a part of that tradition.  For further information past and present visit:

As Sheryl pointed out, it’s an awesome realization that the oldest dated document on paper is the Buddhist text, The Diamond Sutra found at Dunhuang. To read more: 


We are now officially signed up for our third Swatch Book. Jacqueline will make the pulp for our third year in a row. The swatch books are an international book of sample papers made by papermakers which include their recipes. To visit our 2012 book, click here or for our 2013 book, click here. In both instances, she  made the pulp on the Khandroling land itself –once in retreat where she had beat the kozo outside Rinpoche’s cabin in the rain.


During the retreat with Choegyal Namkhai Norbu July 16-20, 2014 at the Mohawk School, Sheryl gave a marvelous demonstration and  presented Rinpoche with the beautful festschrift album 

made by her husband Walter using fibers from every continent he visited.

The following week-end workshops are in development for 2015. Full descriptions and details will be available early in 2015.  As an homage to our Tibetan inspired roots, this year we will emphasize aspects of the culture in relation to paper.  As ever, we operate by donations so don’t stay away because of a lack of funds. We also appreciate donations and sponsoring of guest faculty workshops like Tashi Mannox last Spring.

Illuminated Letters on paper using Gold Leaf  In this workshop we will work with templates of Tibetan seed syllables and mantras to create beautiful illuminated works on our sacred paper infused with sacred substances and recycled sacred texts. Some attention will be paid to leafing small objects. (winter)

Make it New: Preparing for Losar (Tibetan New Year) making Chang from our own  Khandroling hops; Tsampa from roasted barley – the mainstay of the Tibetan diet; and lungta—silk screened prayer flags on paper or cloth.

Papercasting with Found Objects for Mixed –Media Collage and Installation with Madeline Leibling (winter)

Transforming Paper into Cloth  (winter) with Sheryl Jaffee  Japanese method needs description. See an example here:

Tibetan Drawing I: The Eight Auspicious Symbols  (2 week-ends). The eight auspicious symbols represent  (Winter) 

The Return of the Butterfly with origamist Brenda Lilly a one day workshop

Tibetan Drawing II:  The Elements We will learn to create our own variations of the four elements finding inspiration from the classical Tibetan motifs of the natural world-- clouds, flames, waterfalls and mountains we will learn from Chopen. There will be time to practice each element and meditate on them outdoors to freshen our sensory literacy. These drawings can later be used in creating works on paper including embedding them into the papermaking process as watermarks and pulp painting or for silk screening. (Spring)

The Long Scroll---  (Summer) 
Sheryl, our master teacher, has traveled the world and worked with may different cultures in the art of papermaking. Using her own handmade Nepalese mould and our 3’ x 7” giant silk screen mould we will make large sheets of paper for printmaking, collage, cut-out, calligraphy. We will learn how to make our own moulds as well as simple vat to float it in. See our previous post here.

4th Annual Khandroling Summer Gathering
As artists, yogins, paper-crazy crafters we will explore all aspects of papermaking from locating, harvesting and cooking fibers; recycling and beating sacred texts, cotton rags, and fibers  to make beautiful paper. Founded in the winter of 2012, our first walkabout on Khandroling took place in August 2012. Each year we have returned to the land, the source of our inspiration. With KPC members Sheryl Jaffe (Master papermaker), Brenda Lilly (Origamist), Tatianna Shannon (Artist, bookmaker, and conservator), Madeline Leibling (mixed media and art therapist, Jacqueline Gens (poet and founder fo KPC) among others.  Cost is by donation. All levels and ages invited including kids. TBA sometime in August 2015 at Lower Khandroling Farm or Upper Khandroling  next to the pond. See the 2013 slide show here

Demonstrations Now that we have a helper to transport our set-up and haul water as well as our own pop-up tent and extra folding tables that makes this effort more efficient than ever! We look forward to participating in local outreach to a number of regional venues.

Asparagus Hadley Festival
Museum of Industrial Heritage
Riverfest Shelburne Falls
*Demonstrations will be added as dates become set

Event locations TBA early in 2015.

Visit our gallery of member works coming soon.........

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