Herron Art Library hosting public reception and lecture on papermaking in the Islamic world

  • Nov. 9, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INDIANAPOLIS -- Herron Art Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is hosting a free reception and lecture Nov. 16 presented by Radha Pandey, papermaker and letterpress printer, on Islamic-world papermaking.

The event will begin with a reception at the Herron Art Library, 735 W. New York St., at 4:30 p.m., followed by the lecture in the Herron auditorium at 6 p.m. The lecture will conclude with a Q&A session with hands-on samples of traditional Islamic papers from India, dyestuffs, 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 will be used as a case study to illuminate the introduction of papermaking in India and how it changed under British rule. The discussion will also cover how papermaking affected printing, publishing and literacy, and why it is relevant today.

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.

The event is free 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 and 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 areas as well as a notable fine press and artist's book collection nearing 1,000 items.

Richard Schneider
Alicia Anino