Papermaking Labs (8/29/21)

Papermaking is an artform all on its own and can also be a beautiful extension of bookmaking, printmaking, drawing and more. Our Papermaking Labs are monthly workshops that welcome both beginning and experienced paper makers. Regardless of prior experience, this workshop aims to build confidence and comfort using Spudnik’s papermaking facilities. 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 through our Open Studio sessions. By completing 3-5 labs for Papermaking, authorization in Papermaking can be granted.

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. For these session unlimited 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. This is a wet process, so dress appropriately.

Please note: Each student will have a dedicated work station and enrollment is limited to 5 people to ensure social distancing. Students will be expected to disinfect shared resources after use and follow all our Covid-related safety precautions. The class fees cover tuition as well as consumable studio supplies.