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.