Instructor: Saaraliisa Ylitalo
Paper and Book
Textiles have always fascinated me.  I learned to sew when I was nine, and everything else followed: knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, dyeing, tatting…. By the time I got to college, I was ready to explore textiles as art.  In my twenties I studied with Walter Nottingham and taught various fiber arts in Illinois and Wisconsin.  Then I began 25 years of travel on four continents--living, teaching and exhibiting in Costa Rica, Japan, Peru and South Africa, with stops in the United States.  During five years in Japan, I fell in love with washi paper, and apprenticed with a master papermaker in Kyoto.  Paper remains my chief passion, but I combine it with many other textile techniques.  For me, paper is non-woven fabric.  Since returning to the U.S. in 2007 I have set up a studio in the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC.  Though I still feel a bit of a stranger in my own country, I'm enjoying the challenge of establishing my practice in the huge, vibrant art world of the United States.
Japanese Papermaking
Korean Style Felted Paper: Joomchi
Spinning Thread From Paper
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