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Pulp aims to explore and develop all aspects of hand papermaking and book arts, therefore, a variety of evening classes, weekend courses and summer workshops relating to these subjects will be offered throughout the year and are taught by experienced, professional tutors with much to offer participants.

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Some examples of courses include Artists' Bookmaking, Japanese Papermaking, Plant Papers, Pulp Painting and Casting Paper, as well as the opportunity to participate in more advanced levels of Hand Papermaking Courses several times a year. Requests for specific courses and tailored workshops are most welcome, so feel free to contact the workshop with any suggestions or reserve a place on one of the activities listed below.

INTRODUCTORY DAY WORKSHOP                (Saturday  10am - 4pm)                           £70

MAKING PAPER                                                                                        27th January 2018  This course is designed to be a taster / introductory workshop. It is suitable for absolute beginners and those wishing to access the facilities to make some handmade papers. After a brief introduction to the workshop layout and Health and Safety, the day will be very much hands-on experience trying out different fibres / pulps in a variety of mould sizes. You will  have gained knowledge of the papermaking process, sheet forming experience, further creative possibilities with paper and have a selection of handmade papers at the end of this course.


WEEKEND COURSES                         (Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm)                                         £140

JAPANESE BINDING                                                                       10th + 11th  February 2018  Using traditional techniques, sewing patterns and fine papers, such as Shoji, Shoin Bis and Zenyu, participants will make an individual collection of four hand-stitched books, as well as  an attractive folio style box in which to keep them. No previous experience is necessary and beginners are welcome.

CREATIVE PAPERMAKING                                                              3rd + 4th March 2018    An introduction to the techniques involved in papermaking and the creative applications they provide. This course allows participants to experiment with plant fibres, inclusions, layering with colour, stencilling, watermarks and embossing. Freedom to explore the taught elements brings individual development to this course.   

CASTING PAPER                                                                                    17th + 18th March  2018  An introduction to making simple molds to create high and low relief paper casts. Learn to make plaster molds, using sculptural techniques and materials to create works that include carving, modeling and found objects. The course includes creating your work of art and the technique and methods to create the final work in pressed cotton fiber pulp.   

PLANT PAPERS                                                                                          14th + 15th April 2018  Explore the unique qualities of both native and exotic plant fibres, while gaining a better understanding of the processes involved in creating a variety of strong, beautiful plant papers. Participants will be introduced to the H&S and stages involved in processing plant material for use in papermaking and will form papers using a variety of fibres, such as Abaca, NZ Flaz, Rush and Banana.

3 - DAY COURSE                           (Sat, Sun + Mon  10am - 4.30pm)                                 £215

JAPANESE PAPER & MOKUHANGA EXPERIENCE                    5th, 6th + 7th May 2018   

Explore the process of making paper from Eastern fibres on the first day of this course. The following days will focus on 'Mokuhanga', traditional Japanese wood block printing, using traditional cutting knives, Japanese inking brushes and barens (printing pads). Printing on beautiful Kozo paper, participants will produce unique prints in the Japanese woodblock tradition. Taught by expert printmaker Elspeth Lamb in collaboration with PULP: Paper Arts Workshop.

FORTHCOMING COURSES                                                                                               2018

INTRO TO PAPER & JAPANESE BINDING                                                                 tbc 

This introductory course offers a comination of papermaking and Japanese binding techniques over one weekend. The first day is designed to be a taster workshop with hands-on experience of making paper from a variety of fibres like Abaca, N.Z. Flax, Cotton rag, Kozo and recycled Japanese papers. The following day you will learn Japanese binding techniques using traditional sewing patterns and fine papers. Participants will make a collection of four hand-stitched books to take home along with their handmade paper from the previous day. 

FESTIVE PAPER & CRAFT                                                                           November 2018    The first day of this course introduces hand papermaking and focuses on forming strong, decorative sheets in various sizes for use during the following days workshop. Participants will then explore craft applications suited to the paper, such as simple handmade books, making stationery and lanterns.

EVENING CLASS                                  (6wks, 6.30pm - 8.30pm)                                       £85

INTRODUCTION TO PAPERMAKING                                                                          tbc   

An exploration of the many techniques involved in the medium and the creative applications they provide. The main areas to be covered are plant papers and fibre processing, inclusions, layering and stencilling with coloured pulps, embossing and watermarking. Freedom to explore the taught elements brings individual development to this course.

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PULP: Paper Arts Workshop hope to be hosting Peace Paper again in 2018.

PEACE PAPER PROJECT                                                                                            (tbc) 2018

PULP: Paper Arts Workshop hopes to be hosting Peace Paper Project late 2018 and I am looking forward to welcoming paper artist, activist and therapist Drew Matott to host a schedule of workshops with artists, educators and local groups, with the aim of exploring papermaking as a therapeutic, creative process and establishing links with community groups. To launch the project, a 2 day workshop suited to artists, art therapists, educators and all those working within participatory art settings will be scheduled.

During this workshop participants will transform a significant item, such as a loved one's shirt, Grandma's table cloth or old jeans into beautiful paper and watermarked paper art. Day 2 will have you working on a larger scale, experimenting with layering, stencilling and pulp painting with coloured pulps, and if time allows, participants can explore simple book forms with paper made the previous day. The aim of this activity is to experience first hand the 'symbolic transformation' which occurs during the making process and, in collaboration with PULP,  to consider incorporating these techniques into your own practice with groups, particularly where a therapeutic, social and healing outcome is desired.

In addition, a series of workshops with local groups / organisations will also be scheduled and we hope to work with individuals and staff from Women's Support, Recovering Mental Health and Ex - Service Personnel. Please get in touch if you have a group that would like to be involved.

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