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Learn the art of papermaking

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The process of papermaking, these fibers will bind together once dry to form a molecular glue.
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Artist Helen Hiebert will make an appearance at the Walking Mountains Science Center on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to delve into papermaking with the Science Behind Papermaking class.

Hiebert, a recent transplant to the Vail Valley, will introduce participants to an ancient craft that is rooted in science.

In the papermaking process, water acts as a binding agent between the fibers by forming a molecular bridge. When the water evaporates, the fibers are bound together by a molecular glue known as the hydrogen bond.

A diverse art form

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She will also show examples of handmade paper as a diverse art form, and participants get to make a unique sheet of paper that can be sculpted when it dries.

Come watch Hiebert’s film, “Water Paper Time,” listen to stories about papermaking from around the world, and get your hands wet by making your own paper.

Hiebert’s expertise

Hiebert constructs installations, sculptures, films, artist books and works in paper using handmade paper as her primary medium. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally, and she is the author of the books “Playing with Paper,” “Papermaking with Plants,” “The Papermaker’s Companion” and “Paper Illuminated.”

Her next book, “Playing with Pop-Ups” will be published in April. She will have copies of her books and films available for purchase.

She is also the vice president of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists and a regular contributor to the Hand Papermaking Newsletter.

The Science Behind series

The Science Behind series of classes highlights useful and fun skills that have underlying scientific principles. Each class provides a hands-on, interactive component with instruction from a local expert on the subject matter and from a Walking Mountains educator.

Classes are held once a month at the Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon.

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