Past Workshops

Papermaking for Printmakers

Sunday November 22, 1pm – 5pm, accepting 8 students, $50
kozo paper
Using abaca, cotton rag, and kozo fibers, Papermaking for Printmakers will introduce printmakers to some of the best fibers for woodblock, etching, and combination printing techniques that utilize chine colle.
This is a one-day workshop spent in the wet paper studio. Students will make up to 10 sheets of handmade paper ideal for various printing techniques.

Simple Watermarks using Colored Pulp

Sunday October 11, 1pm – 5pm, accepting 8 students, $50
Simple Watermarks will explore the basics of how a watermark is made in paper. Using finely beaten colored paper pulps, students will design their own simple watermark and have the option of couching the watermarked sheet on a white cotton support. This is a one-day workshop, spent in the wet studio, and will introduce students to the methods and materials of Western papermaking and watermarking with stencils. Students will create up to 10 sheets of handmade paper, including blank sheets.
Wet paper takes approximately 24 hours to dry. All dry sheets will be returned to the students via USPS within one week (unless other delivery/pick-up is arranged).

Kozo and Milkweed Harvest

Sunday December 20, 1pm – 5pm, FREE
Join me for an off-site adventure along the Delaware river to gather this year’s supply of local Kozo and Milkweed. I have been tending a grove of paper mulberry plants for the last three years, and you can be a part of this year’s harvest of this beautiful local and sustainable fiber. Bring loppers or hedge clippers. We’ll be outdoors for several hours.

Kozo Preparation

Sunday January 10, 1pm – 5pm, open to all, FREE
Learn about how kozo fiber is prepared for papermaking! Everyone is welcome to help hand-process our kozo fiber, which will be harvested in December. Main tasks: stripping bark from steamed branches, scraping outer bark with a sharp knife.
All participants interested in learning how to make paper from Philadelphia kozo, will receive a $25 discount on February’s Kozo workshop!

Papermaking with Philly Kozo

Sunday February 14, 1pm – 5pm, 8 students, $75 <REQUEST THIS WORKSHOP AGAIN
In this one day papermaking workshop, students will learn all of the steps in kozo fiber preparation, get an introduction to the unique methods and materials of Eastern style hand papermaking, and how to form the diaphanous and STRONG sheets of paper made from this lustrous and local fiber. $25 discount on this workshop for anyone who attends Kozo Preparation on January 10th.

Intro to Western Papermaking

Sunday March 6, 1pm – 5pm, 8 students, $50 REQUEST THIS WORKSHOP AGAIN
This is a one-day workshop spent in the wet paper studio. Beginning with the mold and deckle, students will learn the basics of Western hand papermaking: the tools and materials used, the properties of various paper pulps, the art of pulling sheets of paper, and embedding objects such as thread, ribbon, found text/images, or natural plant materials in our handmade papers. We will create up to 7 blank sheets of beautiful handmade paper from cotton and abaca fibers, some with inclusions (embedded objects). These papers, once dry, can be used for bookmaking, printmaking, drawing, or they can be finished works of art on their own!

High Shrinkage Fibers and Basic Armatures

Sunday April 10, 10am – 4pm, 8 students, $125 REGISTER NOW

High shrinkage abaca with wooden and wire armature.
High shrinkage abaca with wooden and wire armature.
In this one-day workshop, we will use high-shrinkage flax and abaca fibers for sheetforming as well as stretching over basic armatures. When working with these pulps, students can make extremely thin, strong, and translucent sheets of paper, ideally suited for embedding 2-dimensional imagery. These pulps are also prized for their ability to shrink as they dry, creating a taut, smooth surface when the paper is applied over an armature. Students will form 2 dimensional sheets of paper and be guided through constructing basic armatures of their own design. All necessary materials will be provided, but students can also bring their own materials to incorporate.