Create Textured Paper Using the Laser Cutter

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • BARN Electronic and Technical Arts Studio, Class Code: EL021920JH
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  • $108 + $10 materials fee
  • $83 + $10 materials fee

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This class has prerequisites. Please see below.

Do you have a photo, drawing, or other sample of a texture or pattern that you want to use in your work but need a way to transfer it to your metal? To create patterns that are unique to your work, you can use the laser cutter to engrave paper with designs from your image files. Later, you can use the textured paper to transfer the pattern onto metal using a rolling mill. (You will not be embossing the metal in this class.)

You will learn:

·         What types of designs work well with the laser cutter

·         Which types of image files work with the laser cutter software

·         Which settings to use in Inkscape and RetinaEngrave 3D

·         What types of paper to use

You will be able to laser cut several samples using image files and paper provided by the teacher.


  • Prerequisite: Students must have taken the Intro to the Laser Cutter class offered by the Electronic & Technical Arts studio. There is an Intro to Laser Cutter on Saturday, February 15th (click here to register) from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM.
  • This class is also great for anyone working with jewelry or printmaking.
  • There is a $10 materials fee included in the price of class.

Instructor Bio:

Joan Hammond began working in metal in 1994, when she started taking metalsmithing classes as an antidote to documenting computer software. What she discovered was a medium that not only utilized her previous training in painting, printmaking, and ceramics, but also opened the possibilities of creating art that can be worn.

Family artifacts and history, plants and animals, and the textiles and jewelry of non-Western cultures inspire her current work, which Hammond executes using the techniques of chasing and repoussé. Her long-time interest in Asian art, which deepened when she studied calligraphy and tea ceremony in Kyoto, Japan, continues to influence her aesthetics and sense of design.

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