Explore the world of Paper Sculpture & Collage infused with the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-sabi, embracing imperfection, creativity, and the beauty of nature.

Oct 16, 2024 - Nov 6, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $625
Workshop Duration: 16 hours over 4 sessions (Wednesdays, 11am-3pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 10

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets on Wednesdays, Oct 16, 23, 30 & Nov 6 from 11am-3pm ET.

Wabi-sabi is an ancient and deeply held philosophy closely tied to Japanese culture. Wabi-sabi sees the beauty in imperfection, appreciates simplicity, and accepts that change is inevitable.

Wabi-sabi - Paper Sculpture and Collage example 1 - By Jacqueline Mallegni

This four-part series is an invitation to immerse yourself in a creative process with natural materials. The philosophy of Wabi-sabi will be our guide as we explore the myriad of possibilities using natural materials to create perfectly/imperfect sculptures. The series will begin by making non-traditional textured paper using flax roving for collage. The following weeks will focus on making a mold with wire mesh and plaster cloth for casting and building armatures with rattan using a lashing technique. Your textured paper will be applied over the form creating an organic fiber sculpture.

Wabi-sabi - Paper Sculpture and Collage example 2 - By Jacqueline Mallegni

Students are encouraged to forage for inclusion materials and to continue making paper between sessions. All skill levels are welcome.

Materials for Students to have or order (See links below):

  • 8 oz each, Flax roving (natural & bleached)
  • 8 oz PVA glue
  • fiberglass window screen (36” x 84” roll)
  • sponge
  • 1” chip brush
  • plastic sheeting (for worktable)
  • 1-2 quart bowl
  • scissors
  • flexible measuring tape
  • measuring cups & spoons
  • painters tape
  • cloth towels
  • plastic wrap
  • rattan or round reed
  • waxed linen thread

Wabi-sabi - Paper Sculpture and Collage example 3 - By Jacqueline Mallegni


Decorative paper, natural fiber thread, plant/earth pigments, ink, and stains for mark-making.

Resource List:

Flax Combed Top Roving, ($20 from any of the following outlets):

  • Santa Fe Wool
    ** Get a 15% discount at SFe Wool. Use code PAPERRAIN15 at checkout (as of 11/2/2023)
  • Amazon (Living Dreams Yarn)

 Lineco PVA glue (acid-free bookbinding glue costs around $7 from these outlets):

Round Weaving Reed: 1 lb. 3.5mm (about $20):

  • Amazon

Waxed Linen Thread: 3 or 4-ply

  • Amazon
  • Etsy

 Fiberglass (not metal) Window Screen: 1 roll 84×36 inches

  • Amazon
  • Any hardware store

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Instructor: Jacqueline Mallegni

Jacqueline Mallegni's creative journey has taken many twists and turns over the years. Her fiber art/mixed media sculptures have received awards and are exhibited internationally. She is a member of IAPMA (International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists), North American Hand Papermakers, the New Mexico National Museum of Women in the Arts, WEAD (Women’s Environmental Artists Directory), and the American Craft Council and maintain a studio in Northern New Mexico. She has facilitated workshops since 1992.