Last night we celebrated the Blue Moon by making some blue paper during the St. Johns Last Friday Artwalk. We had a fun and FREE public event from 5-7pm, where people stopped in and helped us make a huge 4x4 foot piece of produce papyrus, we demoed making paper from recycled papers (like junkmail, scrap paper, etc.), and had a mini-gallery of artwork that Jenn has made in the past using cotton papers, Asian papers, watermarked paper, and marbleized paper (pics of the artwork to come!)
We even had some brave and curious folks step up and make their own blue plantable seed paper. Even though making recycled paper is a pretty low-frills process, there's still something magical about pulling up your mould from the vat and seeing the pulp resting there, waiting to become paper.
There were a lot of questions about the produce papyrus process, and hopefully everyone felt more informed after their visit! A few things we've learned that are essential to the success of produce papyrus are-
Placing a sheet over the finished produce papyrus
Thanks so much to everyone who came by last night! We so appreciate your support and hope to be seeing you at the studio again in the future! You can view all the photos from the event over on our Facebook page. Please spread the word about what you learned, and hopefully you'll tell others that we'll be an asset to the local community.
You can also support us by donating to our kickstarter campaign to raise money for studio equipment. As you saw last night, there's so many more things we'll be able to do once we have the right equipment. We're especially excited to start making cotton papers from old clothes, as well as making pulp from plants in our own garden.
We're almost halfway to our goal and we need your help to put things over the top! If we don't reach our goal we won't get any of the pledged money, and will have to start our fundraising over from scratch. Let's keep the momentum going and make it happen the first time around.
GO TEAM PAPER!
Pulp & Deckle is a handmade papermaking studio located in Oregon.