Papermaking is both a distinct art form and a beautiful extension of printmaking, bookmaking, and drawing. Our Papermaking Labs are monthly workshops that welcome both beginning and experienced paper makers. Enroll in a single session for a well-rounded introduction to the art form. Return for additional sessions to continue building papermaking skills and ultimately gain authorization to make paper independently through our Open Studio sessions.
For those new to the process, every papermaking lab begins with an overview of fibers, tools, papermaking processes and demonstrations on how to pull sheets of paper using a mould and deckle. Based on the interests of participants, the basics will be expanded on through dying pulp, pulp painting, and integrating “inclusions” such as print fragments, organic materials, or string into the paper. Through these projects, participants will learn about the science of papermaking and how to select and use various plant fibers (Cotton and abaca is provided).
In addition to surveying a range of papermaking skills, participants will be able to work on a self-directed project with guidance and support from a papermaking expert. By the end of the session, everyone will make a stack of their own handmade paper and practice setting up and tear down their own vat.