Big paper, big city

We created a large vat this week to accommodate our large mould (22 x 30 ish), and have unearthed other moulds which need to be assembled. The Combat Paper Project was in town and dropped by to use our rag shredder to shredd about 80lbs of rag and donated uniforms. They used the new vat to pull a run of large sheets for a fundraising project which will be held at Shepard Fairey’s gallery to support the Hope Foundation. The Combat Papermakers page on Facebook has pictures of the shredder and pulling the sheets in the studio.

The Combat Paper project also has a show up at Mass Art from a Boston based project.  The show will be up until March 17th in the presidents gallery for pictures and more info check out the show site.

Upcoming Workshops

Here is a summary of the workshops coming up at the studio.

For descriptions, and the most up-to-date information click on the current workshops link at the top of this page.

Sculptural Paper Saturday February 20 10 – 3pm,  Sunday February 21 1-3pm

Basic Papermaking from rags Mondays February 22, March 1, and March 8 from  6-8pm

Marbling Workshop in Cambridge February 23 and March 2, 6-8pm

Suminagshi Workshop Sunday February 28, 1-4 pm

Open Vat Night Friday March 12 6:30-8:30 p m

Papers from the Kitchen Tuesdays March 9, 16, and 23 6-8pm

Papermaking with bast fiber Saturday and Sunday March 20, 21  1-4 pm

Marbling Workshop Thursdays March 25, April 1 6:30-8:30pm

Melinda’s Monsters at Sister Sorel

Most of the work in this exhibition is figured marbling on handmade kozo paper.

There are also a few examples of pulp painting and relief printmaking.

February Pulp Party

The Second Friday of every month we open our doors for a night of conversation and paper creation.

Friday February 12 6:30-8:30

Join the discussion about creating a place where a book could be created from rags to binding.Create some paper, ask questions about a technique or process, share art or ideas.

donations are always accepted but not required for admittance

South End Art Opening

Paper related Show opening at 647 Tremont St. Boston this Monday February 8 from 6-8.

Melinda Cross will be exhibiting a collection of little green monsters at Sister Sorel in Boston’s south end.

The show will run from February 8 to March 13. The artwork on display is all made of handmade paper. Most of the works shown are waterbased figured marbling on kozo, with some prints on cotton incorporating pulp-painting.

upcoming workshops

Happy New Year!
Come celebrate your first week in the new year by making paper! Anyone who is also interested in brainstorming around a Boston Center for the Book and Paper Arts, please stop by the studio Friday January 8th 6-8. The workshop offerings for this month are the most requested types of workshops from 2009, keep the ideas coming and we hope to see you soon!
We will be coordinating a portfolio exchange of works created in the studio for the spring, e-mail if interested.
Monthly studio memberships are available.

The museum of printing is having an event January 20th  5:30-8:30 in N Andover more info here
We are working on accommodating an all kids class at the studio but until then Melinda is teaching school-aged after-school and Saturday art classes at Gallery 263 in Cambridge
Abrazos press in Somerville has some interesting relief printing classes this month contact for more info.
We are now on facebook, and may tweet in the future

Pulp Party

Friday January 8 6-8pm

Experience papermaking in a more social environment, bring friends and experiment with a new medium. A quick introduction to papermaking will be followed by free time at several vats with regular and colored pulps. Bring anything you want to include in the finished sheet.

$20 suggested donation

Intro to Marbling

January 19, 3-5pm

A quick introduction to marbling.

45/ per person includes materials

Basic Papermaking from rags

January 17, 24, 31 1-3pm

Out with the old, in with the new. Learn how to recycle that beloved t-shirt into something as limitless a paper. Bring non-synthetic fiber rags to the first workshop, and watch as they are literally beaten to a pulp! Over the three days students will learn how to process fiber, pull a sheet of paper, and the possible uses for their recycled paper.

95/ per person includes materials

Marbling Workshop in Cambridge

January 26 and 28 6-8

Two part introduction to marbling. This class will meet at Gallery 263 on Putnam ave. and pearl street in Cambridge.

limited to 6, e-mail to reserve a spot

75/ per person includes materials

Japanese Papermaking Workshop

Saturday January 30, 1-4 pm

An introduction to the art of making Japanese paper, called Washi, from kozo fiber (Paper Mulberry) using traditional methods. Washi is an extremely strong paper and can be used for calligraphy, printmaking, painting, shoji screens, scrolls, lamps, books and all kinds of unique projects. A brief background of Japanese paper will be followed by hands on papermaking as students prepare the vat, form sheets and press them in this one day workshop. Some decorative techniques, such as embedding pressed fall leaves or creating patterns with water (rakusui) will also be introduced. Workshop facilitator lived in Japan for 6 years and is a very experienced papermaker.


Space is limited to 5 participants so please book early: or 646-675-7109

V-day Cards

February 6 and 7 1-3

Create custom papers for cards. Then learn how to embellish your papers and put them together to create unique cards or works of art.

65 /per person

Open Studio recap

We had a bunch of people come to the Open Studios event in Charlestown last weekend. There was a papermaking demo where participants could make their own cards (which will be mailed tomorrow). We also had a small exhibition of artwork and books made from handmade papers, most even made in our studio! Our Technical Director Lee McDonald opened up his shop on saturday. Visitors were able to see where he makes his amazing beaters like the bicycle powered Oracle beater. If you missed the Open Studios or want to come back for more our monthly Pulp Party is this Friday from 6-8, e-mail for directions or check out our about page. The Current Class section has also been updated with a new series in January and another Japanese papermaking class.