Volunteers Needed


We need extra hands to help produce an edition of 1000 4×4 pulp paintings for a handpapermaking magazine  fundraiser. Volunteers will be assisting  Beverly Sky on this project. This is a great opportunity to learn how to use the 22 x 30 mould and how to make a large pulp painted edition.

Work on this project will be going on Wednesday through monday, if you are interested in volunteering e-mail bostonpapercollective@gmail.com.

This week at the Stove Factory Art Studios…..

There is still space left in the Papermaking with Plants Workshop this Sunday. Act now to reserve your space by e-mailing bostonpapercollective@gmail.com

The last Few Open Vat nights have been a blast, this Friday April 9 from 6:30-8:30 there will also be an art show reception on the first floor. For information about the Artists Group of Charlestown Spring Art Show check out their website http://www.artistsgroupofcharlestown.com/ Melinda Cross will have a few pieces on handmade paper on exhibit.

Tempt your friends with the Art Exhibit reception, eat tasty reception food, make paper, and leave happy.

April Workshops

Mark your calenders for the next Open Vat night April 9 6:30-8:30

Boston Paper Collective

April 2010 Workshops

All Workshops held at 523 Medford St. Charlestown, MA (Second Floor in Stove Factory Studios)

All workshops require advanced reservations: bostonpapercollective@gmail.com or phone: 646-675-7109

Sun April 11, 2-5 pm

Plant Papermaking Basics: Sustainable Art

Introduction on how to make beautiful paper from a wide variety of plants, from common garden plants such as Iris, Hosta or Lillies to edible plants and vegetables such as corn, onions, asparagus, to inner bark fibers including paper mulberry (kozo) and gampi. Learn to make some beautiful natural papers and how to make more plant papers from the environment around you.

$75 including materials

Wed Apr 14, 6-8 pm


An introduction to this incredibly beautiful, simple and versatile art of Japanese marbling. Bring your own handmade papers or use prepared papers. These papers can be used in book arts, printmaking, as stand-alone artworks or many other possible uses.

$55 including materials

Sat/Sun April 24/25, 2-5 pm

Japanese Lampmaking

Both Classes recommended as a series, discount price of $135 for both days, includes material fee


Learn the craft of traditional Japanese papermaking and then make your own Japanese papers that we will use the following day to make the lampshades. Washi is an extremely strong paper that can be used for all sorts of unique projects requiring durability and some translucency. Papers for lampmaking can also be decorated or embedded with leaves.



Together, we’ll each create a simple wooden frame and then attach your own handmade paper to make a very elegant Japanese lamp. We will discuss other lamp making techniques as well.


Wed April 28, 6-8 pm

Journal Making: Japanese Bookbinding

Watoji or Japanese stab binding is one of the simplest and most effective bindings. We will make simple journals and the technique will transfer to many other book art applications. Bring in your handmade paper for the cover or contents, or bring in your favorite papers.

$55 including materials

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