Registration required. Nicole Donnelly, founder of paperTHINKtank will be teaching you the process of making paper by hand, start to finish, beginning with our raw materials: plant waste collected from Greensgrow! We will learn how to process the plant material so they can be transformed into paper pulp, and then learn how to form sheets of handmade paper with a Western style mould and deckle. Beginners and the experienced are both encouraged to participate.
This will be a hands on workshop. Be prepared to get your arms wet! It will be a fun day of experimentation with texture, color, and of course smell. Everyone will make their own sheets of handmade paper from the varieties of plant paper pulp provided to take home. We recommend that you wear water-proof or water resistant shoes, sleeves that can be rolled up, and an apron or smock.
Nicole Donnelly is a papermaker, visual artist, and independent teacher based in Philadelphia, PA. She is the current President of IAPMA (International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists), and the founder of paperTHINKtank, Philadelphia’s first community accessible hand papermaking studio, offering classes and other services to artists, craftspersons, and the generally interested. While she holds an MFA in painting, she studied hand papermaking with Timothy Barrett (MacArthur Fellow 2009) at the University of Iowa (2008-09) and fell in love with the process. Her artwork is focused on the environmentally sustainable possibilities and beauty of handmade paper.