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.

More workshops

I just added a Sunday afternoon marbling workshop on June 24. I’m doing marbled covers for a book, and I was thinking about how much fun it is to just play with the process, so – here’s your opportunity! Come make hilarious, fun, unpredictable things. We’re doing the “easy” kind of marbling – just ink on water (with a little photoflo to adjust surface tension) – so don’t be intimidated.

You can sign up on Eventbrite: It’s $100 for three hours, and we’re providing all the materials.

Email us if you have questions. I gotta get back to designing these covers!

New workshops!

We’re offering introductions to paper and print in the coming months, starting with these:

Introduction to Western-style paper:

In this workshop, we’ll introduce the basic principles of Western-style papermaking from rag and various other fibers using basic wove moulds. Using pre-prepared pulp from the Collective’s rag and paper-scrap collection, we’ll learn how to pull sheets that can be used in bookbinding, printing, collage — or whatever else strikes your fancy. We’ll also talk about pigments and treatments for making writing or watercolor paper, as well as the possibilities for further experimentation with the technique.

Materials will be provided. We’ll have two kinds of pulp to work with.

No experience necessary. Expect to get wet and messy — we do have aprons, but wear comfortable working clothes. The floor gets slippery in the wet room, so we recommend sneakers or other closed-toe shoes with good soles. This workshop does not count as safety training for studio rental, as we won’t be demonstrating proper use of the beater.

$175 including materials; we have a maximum class size of 8, so register soon!

Saturday May 19, 12:30 to 5:30 pm
Saturday June 2, 12:30 to 5:30 pm

Introduction to Letterpress (with movable type)

This workshop is an introduction to the basic principles of letterpress printing, from selecting paper to setting type and using cylinder proof presses. We’ll be using two presses: an automatic inking Vandercook SP-20 and a hand-inked Vandercook 2 on loan from Repeat Press. We’ll use the Boston Paper Collective’s movable (metal) type and simple linoleum blocks to create personalized stationery. We’ll provide paper, but if you wish to bring your own, feel free. We’ll be making editions of 25, so remember to bring a few extra for proofs.

No experience is necessary; this workshop qualifies as the prerequisite safety training for studio rental.

Wear comfortable clothes that can get a little inky; we try to be neat, but we find that it’s best to be prepared. No sandals or open-toed shoes, please.

$175 plus a $25 materials and type restocking fee; we have a maximum class size of 6, so register soon!

Saturday May 26, 12:30 to 5:30 pm
Saturday June 16, 12:30 to 5:30 pm

Lamp making workshop with Helen Hiebert 2/18 & 2/19

 Handmade paper is a wonderful and light material for use in creating low-relief and three-dimensional objects. By using embedded wire, string, and reed between sheets of high shrinkage abaca the paper has a structural form for building. After creating the embedded paper the first day, students will return to the studio on day two to find the paper magically transformed and will learn ways to further manipulate the dry sheets into forms ranging from lamps and lanterns to low-relief  and three-dimensional sculptural objects. We will experiment with glue, thread, wire and other fasteners to create unique objects.
250$ including materials
sign up by e-mailing going to or calling 617-863-0886