As we look ahead to the coming year, one of the things we are looking forward to is the return of workshops and demos. With our new mobile studio trailer (coming spring of 2022!) we'll be able to travel to local parks, and set up workshops in our yard, all while readily accessing our equipment, tools and materials. We seriously cannot wait.
Here's a sneak peek at the workshops + demos we're planning for 2022. Like what you see? Donate now to our mobile studio fund so we can be sure and make these workshops happen.
2022 WORKSHOPS + DEMOS
Recycled Paper Banner Workshop
In this 2 hour workshop we’ll make recycled paper pulp with inclusions of local plants to create unique small banners. We’ll coat the papers so that they’re weather resistant and can be displayed indoors or outdoors. This is a process that encourages reuse and connection to our local surroundings and will be held outdoors.
Plant Walk + Papermaking Demo
In this 1 hour program we’ll take you around our yard on a guided plant walk, learning about the grasses, rushes, shrubs, trees, and flowers we are using for making paper from plant materials. We’ll discuss both native and aggressive species and how we are using the craft of papermaking to engage with the natural world. After the plant walk we’ll end the program with a brief papermaking demonstration using plant materials to make a sheet of paper.
Papermaking + Collagraph Workshop
In this 3 day class, held over 3 weeks (1-2:30pm) we’ll make a variety of papers using already prepared recycled pulp from waste materials like junk mail and cotton pulp from used textiles like old t-shirts. We’ll then make collagraph plates using found plant materials from our yard, that will be inked up with water based ink to make prints on the papers you previously made. This workshop invites connection with the local plants that are seasonally growing as well as thinking about the potential for recycled materials to be used for art making.
Making Paper for Journals
In this 2.5 hour class we’ll use already prepared cotton pulp and plant pulp to make papers for a blank page journal. We’ll use irons to dry the papers you make in class, allowing us to fold and stitch the papers together into a small journal. Treat yourself to an afternoon of crafting outdoors!
Paper from Plants Intensive
In this 2 day weekend workshop we’ll focus on responsible harvesting, processing, and crafting plants into paper. You’ll learn what local plant fibers are best for making paper, we'll take a plant walk around our yard identifying plants that are ready for harvest, and then learn what tools and equipment are needed for different fibers. Your papers could be used for collages, books, drawings, prints, cards, or just to hang up and enjoy. A spirit of community making will be encouraged as we collectively gather, process and create papers that are very specific to time and place. Once dry, papers will be mailed to students.
Papermaking at the River Demo
Join us as we make paper for an afternoon at one of our local rivers. We’ll be using river water to form sheets of paper from a variety of recycled materials. This drop-in educational event is our way of creating connection with the local ecology of the river. We are excited to share our craft and connect to place with you!
1. Secure a $3,000 grant from RACC’s Make|Learn|Build program, as well as $5,000 from individual donors, getting us to 62% of our $13,000 fundraising goal for the year.
2. Launch a series of FREE educational demo videos on our YouTube channel.
3. Safely work with artists on a 1-on-1 basis in our home based papermaking studio.
4. Celebrate our residency partnership with Stelo via the recently opened Coalesce exhibition featuring artwork from the eight 2019/20 artists we worked with in the paper studio.
Early next year, we will be embarking on the purchase of a custom trailer from local maker Dub Box. With your support, we will be able to move our studio equipment into the trailer and travel to work with students, artists, and paper enthusiasts all over Oregon. We can’t wait to get back to bringing pulp to the people!
With the end of the calendar year right around the corner, we are asking you to add Pulp + Decke to your 2021 giving. We are so thankful that you are a part of our community and hope that you’ll celebrate the joy of papermaking with us this year by donating in support of our mobile studio purchase.
You can donate now by:
1. Visiting our fundraising page and making a credit card donation.
2. Sending us a check by mail at: 517 Sunset St, Oregon City, OR 97045. Please make sure your check is made out to our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas, with Pulp + Deckle in the memo line!
This past few months have gone by fast, and December will go by even faster! Can we count on you to make a $10, $25, $50, or other gift to Pulp + Deckle today?
We look forward to seeing you next year at festivals and parks in the Portland metro area!
Thank you for helping to keep the art of papermaking alive and well!
— Gary and Jenn, aka Pulp + Deckle
Pulp & Deckle is a handmade papermaking studio located in Oregon.