Many years ago I had the chance to try my hand at traditional paper making, and it was instantly magical. All these years later and the feeling of quiet magic fuels our work at WIND•EYE Handmade Paper. We’ve built up a small, well-equipped studio and it just seems natural to share this lovely process with our community.
I’m partnering with Arbutus Folk School to teach an Introduction to Western Papermaking. We’ll be using our restored, cast-iron Hollander Beater to beat fibers such as abaca, cotton, and bamboo to make luxurious sheets of paper using a variety of moulds. We’ll add some ‘inclusions’ like Madrone bark, coffee chaff, wasp nest, flower petals and other regional materials. We’ll learn the techniques, terms, and foundational concepts to make a proper beginning to this quiet, elegant, and beautiful craft, that forms the base material for so many other creative pursuits.
The class will be held in my home studio on Tuesday evenings: February 6, 13, 20, and 27, from 6-9. You’ll come away with a nice stack of beautiful papers you can use in my letterpress class in March, or for your own projects. Opportunities to take advantage of open studio offerings at WIND•EYE Handmade Paper will follow from your participation in this class.
If you love paper, I hope you’ll join me!