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Classes & Courses

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 - 4.30pm)                 £78

MAKING PAPER                                                                                     22nd February 2020

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 - 4.30pm)                    £139* /  £145

PULP TO PRINT: Creative Paper & Lino Print                       14th + 15th March 2020  This creative course presents a unique and exciting opportunity to visit a state of the art papermaking workshop in the centre of Glasgow and study with master papermaker, Alison Newman and expert printmaker / artist Elspeth Lamb. On the first day of this weekend workshop, you will make a fusion of stencilled and pulp painted sheets with graffiti -like marks and textures to form the printing base for further application of cut and inked relief printed blocks, which will be developed through the second day.

CASTING PAPER                                                 (CANCELLED)         4th + 5th April 2020  An introduction to making simple moulds to create high and low relief paper casts. Learn to make plaster moulds, using sculptural techniques and materials to create works that include carving, modelling and found objects. The course includes creating your work of art and the technique and methods to create the final work in pressed cotton fibre pulp.

Call 07941 979115 or to book.

PLANT PAPERS                                         (CANCELLED)       18th + 19th April 2020   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, Banana and more.

JAPANESE WASHI                                             POSTPONED UNTIL SUMMER 2020  This introductory course offers a combination of papermaking and Japanese binding techniques over one weekend. The first day is designed to be a hands-on experience of making paper from a variety of fibres like Abaca, N.Z. Flax and Cotton with an additional focus on Japanese fibres like Kozo, Gampi and Mitsumata. 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.

JOURNEYS IN PAPER + BINDING *                                   (tbc) 22nd + 23rd August 2020  A great opportunity to create your own unique travel journal incorporating handmade papers. During day one you will have an introduction to papermaking, producing quality handmade papers in a variety of sizes and fibres. Experimental and creative pieces will be made using travel tickets, images, drawings, maps and layering textured pulps. Making use of these papers on day 2, Cassandra Barron will introduce a range of decorative stitched binding techniques, allowing you to create a bound journal from a great selection of decorative papers. Beginners and all levels welcome.

PLANTS, PAPER & ECO PRINT*                                                           3rd + 4th Oct 2020

On the first day you will be experimenting with a variety of plant fibres to make a great bundle of handmade papers while having a full day introduction to the papermaking process. The following day, tutored by Elizabeth Viguie-Culshaw, you will be experimenting with 'Eco / Nature Printing' with leaves and experimenting with dye transfer process. In addition to the paper and eco-print activities, a small four-hole bound book will be produced as a final outcome. All materials supplied and beginners welcome. See Eventbrite page below for details.

3 - DAY COURSE                            (Sat, Sun + Mon  10am - 4.30pm)                             £220

JAPANESE PAPER & MOKUHANGA EXPERIENCE       23rd, 24th + 25th May 2020


Explore the process of making fine, quality paper from Eastern fibres on the first day of this course, using Kozo, Mitsumata and Gampi with a variety of mould sizes including a beautiful 'Sugeta', a traditional style mould from Japan. 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 Alison Newman @ PULP.

FORTHCOMING COURSES                                                                                             2020

CREATIVE PAPERMAKING                                                                      tbc 2020  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.

JAPANESE BINDING                                                                                              tbc 2020  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 PAPER & JOURNAL BOOKBINDING*                      (tbc) December 2020  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. With tutor Cassandra Barron, participants will then explore craft applications suited to the paper, such as making a selection of small handmade books and journals. Ideal for making special gifts or learning new skills with a friend or colleague.

PAPER & INDIGO BLUE                                                                                                          Eco-Artist Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw and Papermaker Alison Newman from PULP have teamed up for a weekend workshop that will introduce a range of papermaking and Indigo Shibori techniques, a Japanese folding and clamping technique creating beautiful crisps patterns in a unique blue Eco dye This is a great opportunity to map your own unique Eco experience incorporating handmade papers and beautiful and unique Blue Prints and marks on both cloth and paper. Alison, of PULP will work with you on the first day to produce quality handmade papers in a variety of sizes, using a variety of pulps coming from around the world. Once dry, a selection of these unique and experimental papers can be used to create your unique prints the following day.

FESTIVE PAPER & CRAFT                                                                                                       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.

INTRODUCTORY DAY WORKSHOP                (Saturday  11am - 4pm)                  £52.50

ORIGAMI                                                                                                                         tbc 2020

PULP: Paper Arts Workshop is delighted to be hosting a new course on Origami, an introduction to the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. This workshop offers paper enthusiasts and makers space to learn more about the art of folding paper in a relaxed and friendly environment as you are guided through the following stages. Starting with basic folds and several simple models to 'warm up' and introduce the diagrams, tutor and expert paper folder Dennis Walker, will then guide participants through more intricate stages of making Origami with particular focus on the 'Butterfly', an intricate and delicate form. Dennis will teach the model from diagrams, explaining the symbols.and show that the model can be modified reasonably easily. Through demonstration you will learn how various papers will fold differently, even with following the same steps. If time allows, participants can try 'wet-folding' with either the butterfly, or some free-folding experimental techniques using soft or curved folds with a slightly damp paper to create a sculptural form. Students will produce several introductory models, three or four different butterflies and be supplied with a list of websites, books, shops and suppliers to enable further exploration of Origami after the course. A small box will be supplied for you to take your folded paper creations away.

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 was hoping to host Peace Paper again in 2018.  This project has been postponed until Peace Paper visit on a UK tour at a later date.  Fingers crossed...

PEACE PAPER PROJECT                                                                                                     

PULP: Paper Arts Workshop hopes to be hosting Peace Paper Project sometime again in the future 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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