Introduction to Western Papermaking

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May 14th, 2017 11:00 AM

  • Instructor: Pam DeLuco
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: May 14th, 2017 11:00 AM
  • Workshop End: May 14th, 2017 3:00 PM
  • Sessions: 1

If you have ever been curious about making paper by hand, this workshop will give you a hands-on overview of all the steps involved. Students will work together with the instructor to turn a pile of cotton t-shirts into handmade paper. Examples of handmade paper and various papermaking fibers will be shown and uses for handmade paper and its history will be discussed. Using a Hollander beater, the t-shirts will be pulped and the students will then take turns pulling sheets. Water will be pressed out with a hydraulic press and two different drying techniques will be demonstrated. Participants may either take their wet paper with them to dry at home at the end of class or can leave their sheets to be mill dried and pick them up from SFCB the following week. Each participant can expect to make about 4-6 sheets. 

Materials to Bring: Students should wear closed-toe waterproof shoes. Waterproof aprons will be provided.

Workshop + Materials Fee: $65.00

Date & Time: Sunday, May 14, 2017 :: 11am-3pm

Location: Shotwell Paper Mill, 305 Shotwell St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Pam DeLuco

Pam DeLuco is the proprietor of Shotwell Paper Mill, a production paper mill in the Mission, and the founder/creative director of BANDmade Books: a collaborative book project with musicians and bands.  Her work can be found in many special collections across the country including the Metropolitan Museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Library of Congress. 

Past Student Reviews:

“I loved how much Pam knows about paper and every related topic. I came out having learned so much!” 

“I will recommend this to friends and I might now take more workshops on book arts.”

“Pam is fascinating, inspiring, incredible informed. Very organized - she had thought through how to use every minute. As a teacher myself I was very impressed.”

“I really liked the hands-on aspect of learning how to make paper from start (i.e., cutting up rags) to finish (putting the paper in the dryer). It was great to talk to the instructor about paper making and to see her workshop.”

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