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Friday, November 6 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
Therapeutic Hand Papermaking with Vulnerable Populations

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For centuries, cloth, garments, and natural plant fibers have been made into paper by hand. The dynamic process of this traditional art form takes the artist through cycles of deconstruction and reconstruction while providing a safe container for therapeutic experiences to unfold. Hand papermaking with emotionally charged materials like hospital gowns, “skinny jeans,” and army fatigues can facilitate emotional healing for individuals and communities alike. Back by popular demand for the third year, this Master Class will be hosted at one of the most prestigious papering studios in the country, Dieu Donné. Participants will learn about the history of hand papermaking, gain experiential understanding of this therapeutic process, and leave with practical tools for incorporating this ancient art form into modern day clinical practice. Participants can expect to dip their hands into the papermaking process and explore techniques for creating and activating paper. The presenters will share how this modality can be adapted to a variety of populations including adult veterans of war, inpatient adolescents with depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, and at the bedside with medically hospitalized patients. In hand papermaking, each sheet of paper has a story to tell.

Please Note: There is a $20 materials fee for this session. Wear comfortable clothing that you won’t mind getting a little wet. Closed-toed shoes with good traction (rubbers or light rain boots, particularly) are recommended since floors get wet during the course of the papermaking process.

Eligible for 6.0 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS


Amy Bucciarelli, MS, ATR-BC, LMHC

Art Therapist and Lecturer, UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine
Amy Bucciarelli, MS, ATR-BC, LMHC, is a board certified art therapist and licensed mental health counselor. Amy does clinical work for UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine and University of Florida Pediatrics in Gainesville, FL. She is a faculty member for the UF Center for Arts in Medicine and the UF Innovation Academy. | | Amy received her MS in art therapy from Florida State University. She utilizes her educational experience to explore... Read More →

Genevieve S. Camp, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, RYT

Program Coordinator, UF Health Eating Disorder Recovery Center
Genevieve S. Camp, MA, ATR-BC, LMHC, RYT is the program coordinator at the Eating Disorder Recovery Center in Gainesville, FL. She holds a master's in art therapy from The George Washington University. Genevieve first discovered her love of paper and book arts in 2001 while studying art in Italy, which led to concentrated study in printmaking. Her interests include using art and yoga to promote mind-body healing and exploring the use of hand... Read More →

Amy Richard, BFA

Amy Richard, BFA, is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Iowa, Center for the Book, where she is focusing on the history and technique of hand papermaking, spiritual traditions associated with paper, as well as healing aspects of the process itself. Prior to her studies at the Center for the Book, Richard served as a science writer and editor, production designer, and education coordinator for 17 years at the University of... Read More →

Friday November 6, 2015 10:00am - 5:15pm
Dieu Donne 315 West 36th Street (near 8th Avenue)