This 3-day intensive explores the many incredible properties of flax. Though the emphasis will be on the use of overbeaten flax and methods of controlling shrinkage to make sculptural works, we will also work with the 2-d qualities of flax paper. Fiber preparation, beating methods, sheet forming techniques, coloring, sculptural techniques, and drying will be covered in depth. Flax is the only fiber we shall use during this intensive. Following is the schedule: day 1: Flax fiber and pulp overview; use of beater; coloring of pulps; make samples of different kinds of flax, showing various beating times, and drying methods, for a total of 24 samples. day 2: 3-d experiments demonstrating how to control shrinkage; coil making. day 3: Armature building; methods of applying flax. Pulp pouring, wet-binding techniques, and creating portfolios for the paper samples. In addition, there will be an evening slide lecture and optional group dinner at a restaurant.