For our first Monday night “open studio” (Feb 4)

We’re going to have some binding things out. I’m working on a few single-section hardcovers (I decided I wanted to do some fun bindings this year, and I have a few things in mind. I’m considering this practice.)

So: come in, take a look at our collection of bookbinding manuals, peruse the work we’re doing in the studio, and we’ll do a simple pamphlet or two to get you started. There will be paper, chipboard, and thread. We’ll see what excellent things we can do with that. It should be fun.

The following week, we’re doing some low-key paper decorating on Thursday. I don’t know exactly what kind of decorating it’ll be for sure yet, although I suspect it will involve the suminagashi kits, because I’m still thirty covers short on an edition.

(Please register for these (and other) events at our Eventbrite page. We need to know you’re coming!)

Updated workshop and event calendar!

We’ve given our event listings an overhaul for the new year, and you’ll see a brand new page in our site header: Event and Workshop Calendar. We’ve embedded the Boston Paper Collective’s calendar into the page, so you can start planning which of our regular workshops you’re interested in attending.

You may notice a slight change in what’s available, too. We’re scheduling short introductory workshops at a special low rate (only $125 for a full afternoon, and we provide the materials), as we’ve been doing for the last couple of years. And never fear – we will also add more advanced workshops and longer intermediate workshops as the year progresses!

For 2013, though, we’re adding special “open studio” nights and evening decorated paper workshops. Both of these are intended to be low-key, two-hour introductions to our space and some of the things we do – they’re only $40, and we’ll still be providing materials. During the “open studio” evenings, we’ll have a rotating selection of book-arts related things for you to try, depending on what we’re working on in the studios. It could be anything! During the decorated paper workshops, we’ll do paste paper, suminagashi, or whatever tickles our fancy. Feel free to come to more than one!

We’ll be updating the calendar with conferences and fairs that we’ll be attending, as well as travelling demos, so check back for updates.

I know this is getting long, but a few more quick notes about our workshops: we do ask that you register in advance. If there are no advance registrations for open studio or decorated paper nights, we reserve the right to lock up and leave early. Please visit our EventBrite site for registration details, or e-mail bostonpapercollective at gmail dot com with questions.

Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get a little messy. For papermaking workshops, our floors can get slippery, so wear shoes with good soles.

All workshops (unless otherwise noted) take place in our studios in Charlestown, which are easily accessible by public transportation. There is also parking available.

For a limited time only!

I printed these cards as a demo yesterday: come get yours today. Five dollars gets you a card and the warm glow of knowing you’ve gotten us closer to our goal of a complete font of wood type.

(Yes, I will probably do more at some point, in another color, on different paper.)

This weekend!

This weekend (December 1 & 2) is the annual Stove Factory Open Studios! We’ll be here from 10-5 both days.

This is your chance to come see everything we’ve been working on (and the rest of the building, too, while you’re at it).

The print shop looks fantastic, thanks to a recent reorganization. We’ll be printing postcards on the SP-20, and we might even bring something out on the Vandercook 2 (on loan from Mike Dacy of Repeat Press) … come find out!

Check out the Artist’s Group of Charlestown for more information. (The highlights: our address is 528 Medford Street; we’re a five minute walk from the Sullivan T stop; the building does have parking, if you want to drive!)


Winter special workshops

It’s getting dark really early, and retail establishments have already started gearing up for winter holidays. Winter is coming, and we’re offering a selection of classes to brighten those long dark days. We’re offering these classes at significantly reduced cost as a seasonal special — and they’re a little shorter and less formal than our usual classes — to encourage you to come try more than one!

Intro Papermaking: Saturday, 8 December; $40

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We make paper with all kinds of things: canvas rags, blue jeans, t-shirts, the bags coffee beans get shipped in, prepared sheet pulp. We’ll prepare a batch of fiber — whatever we’re in the mood for — and show you how to make sheets. Then we’ll play with the pulp until it’s gone. Dress for a wet and potentially messy process – and wear closed-toe shoes with good soles. Our floors can get slippery!

Accordion books: Sunday, 9 December: $40

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We’ll make a simple accordion book with a folded non-adhesive cover, for notes or drawings or whatever you like. We’ll provide sufficient materials for each student to create one book.

Paper Marbling, suminagashi-style: Sunday, 16 December; $40

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We do a lot of marbling at the studio. This style, based on Japanese suminagashi (although with modern materials and some simplifications!), is simple to get the hang of and produces fabulous results. We’ll introduce you to the process and let you loose with paper to cover with spectacular designs.

All workshops are limited to 8 participants. Visit our Eventbrite page for tickets and directions to the studio.

Contact us at with questions.

Paper like leather, bark like thread: Korean paper techniques

Join us for a workshop taught by artist and papermaker Aimee Lee, on Saturday, 10 November from 12:00 to 4:00.

Purchase your tickets at our Eventbrite page for $125.

Korean papermaking has a history almost as long as papermaking itself. Korean paper, known as hanji, is made from the inner bark of the mulberry tree, renowned for its long and strong fibers. This makes hanji ideal for an array of applications suitable for book and fiber arts. Students will add water to hanji to learn a felting and collage technique called joomchi, which results in textured paper that is ideal for textile work, light and durable book covers, and stand-alone display pieces. Joomchi can also be modified to create varying thicknesses of hanji yarn.

Using mulberry bark, students will also learn to make “lace” and thread for decorative bindings, weaving, or installation. If time allows, students will learn how to cord hanji in the tradition of jiseung, or paper weaving. This workshop is a great way for newcomers and papermakers alike to discover new ways to manipulate and transform handmade paper.

Students will also have the chance to buy Aimee’s new book about her Korean papermaking research, titled Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking, published by The Legacy Press. (

For more information about Aimee Lee’s work, visit her website at

All materials will be provided.

Letterpress holiday!

Presents! I mean, presents we paid for, but still … they were wrapped, so it counts.

We got new quoins! And a new key! I am suddenly looking forward to my next printing day even more.

That’s not all – we got copper thin spaces and some other equally exciting things. It’s a great day in the studio.

What have we been up to?

Fun and games, that’s what.

We got new rollers, and they’re wonderful:

Our current intern is making postcards. She’s making a second linoleum block for them, and she’s planning a sculptural promo piece that I’m looking forward to seeing finished. We’ll be making paper for that later this week. (We’ll post pictures!)

We gave big paper a try — and I think we might be doing a weekend papermaking party, but I’ve got to convince someone with a grill that they want to come join us so we can have snacks while we’re at it.

Saturday is Woody Guthrie’s centennial (and I just saw the Billy Bragg does Woody Guthrie show), so we’ll be playing Mermaid Avenue while we work this week. If you can get to Okemah, I hear that Woodyfest is going to be amazing this year.