Registration Required. Join our expert papermaker Nicole Donnelly to learn how to make paper by hand, start to finish, beginning with plants from Greensgrow Farms! We will learn various terms associated with Western papermaking, how to test plants for good fiber quality, and cover best practices for sustainable plant harvesting and plant-papermaking.
In the autumn and winter, plants go into a period of dormancy. This is a great time to sustainably harvest the fiber of perennial and annual plants for papermaking. We’ll get hands-on making paper from plant material like corn husks and banana palms; come prepared to get your hands wet and pulpy. It is advised that all participants wear a shirt that allows for rolled up sleeves and closed-toe, waterproof shoes. Everyone will leave with a few sheets of their own hand-crafted paper to take home!
Nicole Donnelly is a Philadelphia native and has been making paper for 10 years with a particular focus on local plants, environmental impact, and sustainability. A visual artist and hand papermaker, she opened her creative studio paperTHINKtank in 2013, and has been continuously producing handmade paper, offering classes, and collaborating with artists. She is the President of IAPMA (International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists); a co-organizer of the Hand Papermaking Community Documentation project; and is published in Hand Papermaking magazine and The Legacy Press. She is the founder of paperTHINKtank, a member of the Friends of Dard Hunter, and a board member of The Soapbox: Community Print Shop & Zine Library. While she holds an MFA in painting, she studied hand papermaking with Timothy Barrett at the University of Iowa and fell in love with the process. Her artwork is focused on the environmentally sustainable possibilities and beauty of handmade paper. Images of her artwork are available here: http://nicole-donnelly.com
PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of class are nonrefundable or transferable. Workshop refunds and transfers requested earlier than 72 hours before the class start time will be charged a $5.00 processing fee.