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 http://museumofprinting.org/index.html
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 http://www.gallery263.com/index.php
Abrazos press in Somerville has some interesting relief printing classes this month contact www.anniesilverman.biz 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.

$65/person

Space is limited to 5 participants so please book early: bostonpapercollective@gmail.com 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 bostonpapercollective@gmail.com 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.

December Events

Open Studios

December 5 and 6 10-5pm

Stop by 523 Medford street, Charlestown to check out our facilities as well as all of the other amazing artists in our building! We will have some demos and activities as well as examples from workshops, artwork, and paper by our members available for purchase. We will also have a small exhibition of artwork by Melinda Cross melindakatecross.com

FREE!

Marbling Workshop at Gallery 263

Tuesday December 8 7-10 (This class will be held at Gallery 263 on Pearl street and Putnam Ave. in Cambridge)

Come make magnificent papers in Cambridge! Have you ever wondered how the end papers in old books were made? Marbling is a techniques used to make decorative papers and fine art. Ink is floated on water, or a viscous size and manipulated with surface tension to create an image or pattern, then contact print it on paper. In this workshop participants will explore several different kinds of marbling. Experimentation will be encouraged, patterns as well as figured techniques will be demonstrated.

75/per person including materials

for examples of marbling check out www.melindakatecross.com

Pulp Party

Friday December 11 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

Holiday Cards

December 12, 1-4 pm

It’s that time of year, with the holidays right around the corner, come in and make all the cards you will need. In this workshop, we will cover basic sheet forming, and ways of creating decorated cards. With pulp painting stencils can be created, or use old cookie cutters to create blocks of color to detailed imagery. Embedding will also be covered, bring in printed text or dried flowers, which will become part of the finished sheet.

50/ per person includes materials limited to 6

reservation required bostonpapercollective@gmail.com

Cast Paper Decorations and Ornaments

December 13 4-6pm

Paper can be thin and flat, or it can be thick and sculptural. In this workshop participants will learn about casting paper into shapes.Participants will cast paper into pre made moulds, and learn how to make their own moulds for use at home.

35/ per person includes materials

reservation required bostonpapercollective@gmail.com

Pulp Party

Thursday December 3rd, and Friday December 11th 6:30-8:30

The events went so well this month that we will be making the Pulp Party a monthly event.

For those who love paper, but can’t take a workshop. We will be hosting a Pulp Party. Come relax and experiment with papermaking! Materials, cheese and wine included in 20$ suggested donation.

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Sifu Workshop

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A few weeks ago we hosted a Shifu workshop with Meaghan Schwelm who will be exhibiting an impressive amount of Shifu at the Artists foundation Gallery at 516 East Second Street, Boston, MA 02127 November 7- December 19th

In the workshop Meaghan demonstrated the basics of this interesting art, cutting the paper, soaking and spinning paper into the amazing ball shown in the picture. For her project she is using an old atlas which seems to be printed on wood pulp paper however traditional Shifu would have been made from Washi (Japanese bast fiber paper).

October Workshops

It’s getting cold, so come create some original artwork indoors. Custom workshops are always available, make an appointment to turn your garden waste into beautiful greeting cards! Come make something together, gather a small group and receive a discount on a custom class. We can accept multiple forms of payment e-mail bostonpapercollective@gmail.com to reserve a spot or book a custom or group class

Wednesday Night Sampler

October  14, 21, 28, November 4th  6-8pm

Each week a new technique will be introduced. Over the 4 weeks we will explore papermaking, pulp painting, press-less printing, and basic book binding or assemblage. The papermaking workshop will teach basic sheet forming, the basis for so many other techniques. In the pulp painting week, students will paint with colored pulp, a fast way to add color for prints, cards or books to a new sheet of paper. The next session will focus on surface decoration, creating images and pattern through press-less printing. The last week brings everything together into a book, cards, or assemblage, finishing techniques will be demonstrated. This workshop can accommodate beginners through intermediate.

200/ per person including materials

Limited to 6 people

Proto Paper

Tuesday October 13 11am – 2pm

Before paper there was papyrus, the stalk of the plant was cooked and beaten out into sheets. The fibers were laminated into each other to create a relatively smooth writing surface. Another form of proto paper is created from the inner bark of the mulberry bush. During the workshop participants will learn how to prepare the fiber, and make the sheets.

50/ per person including materials

Marbling Workshop

Saturday October 10th 1-4pm

Marbling has been called many things, painting on water, floating clouds, aqueous mono print, marblizing. There are also many different variations, waterbased on carrageenan, sumi ink on water, oil on water acrylics on methylcellouse. In this workshop participants will explore water-based marbling on carrageenan which yields the most control possible in the medium. Experimentation will be encouraged, patterns as well as figurative techniques will be demonstrated.

65/per person including materials

Press-less printing

Tuesday October 20 1-4

Learn how to create blocks and print without a printing press! This is a great way to create work on handmade paper.

60/ per person including materials

Sculptural Paper

Saturday October 24   9am-3pm

In this workshop participants will be encouraged to think about the different applications for paper. paper is a versatile medium, many artists have explored it’s possibilities as a sculptural medium. The type of pulp, kozo versus cotton, over-beaten flax verses, over-beaten abaca will be discussed in relation to the desired effect of the finished sculpture. We will cover wet folding techniques, armature creation and cast paper. We will have a break for lunch, in the afternoon section participants will design and create a sculpture with assistance from instructor.
Familiarity with basic papermaking a plus, but not required

Limited to 5 people
120/ per person including materials

New workshops Fall/Winter

IMG_0586 We have added a bunch of new workshop for the fall/winter season. Check out the Current workshops page to see them all. There is still space in the Japanese Papermaking workshop Sunday September 20th. This is a highly recommended workshop since participants will have the opportunity to use a Japanese mould, and learn from an instructor with a wealth of experience in this medium. If you would like to reserve a space e-mail bostonpapercollective@gmail.com.

We also have a few evening and weekend classes available. The Sampler will be a great chance to create a journal, cards or fine art. We are excited to offer marbling classes with Melinda Cross, an artist pushing the boundaries of marbling to create both figurative and abstract works. Her work can be seen in our links section.

The BPC also rents out studio space to artists working in paper, and custom classes for small groups.

Here is a selection of the workshops this month, for more check out the Current workshops page.

Washi Basics Workshop
space still available!
Sunday September 20th 2-5pm
guest instructor Zoe Moon Culbertson
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.
$65/person including materials
maximum participants limited to 4
please book a spot by Friday September 18th


From Pulp to Print
weekend workshop Saturday September 26- and Sunday September 27 1-4pm
Saturday basic papermaking will be covered with some thought given to final image creation. Sunday basic press-less printing techniques will be covered and students will create prints on the paper from Saturday.
120/ per person including materials
Limited to 5


Marbling Workshop
Thursday September 24 5:30-8:30 pm
Marbling has been called many things, painting on water, floating clouds, aqueous mono print, marblizing. There are also many different variations, waterbased on carrageenan, sumi ink on water, oil on water acrylics on methylcellouse. In this workshop participants will explore water-based marbling on carrageenan which yields the most control possible in the medium. Experimentation will be encouraged, patterns as well as figurative techniques will be demonstrated.
65/per person including materials


Wednesday Night Sampler
October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 5th   6-8pm
Each week a new technique will be introduced. Over the 5 weeks we will explore papermaking, pulp painting, marbling, press-less printing, and basic book binding or assemblage. The papermaking workshop will teach basic sheet forming, the basis for so many other techniques. In the pulp painting week, students will paint with colored pulp, a fast way to add color for prints, cards or books to a new sheet of paper. The next two sessions will focus on surface decoration, creating abstract patterns with marbling, and text or image through printing. The last week brings everything together into a book, cards, or assemblage, finishing techniques will be demonstrated. This workshop can accommodate beginners through intermediate.
250/ per person including materials
Limited to 6 people