Basic Papermaking NEW!
Saturday, May 13, 10:00-1:00 PM
Instructor: Maeve Phelan
You might think papermaking requires specialized equipment but, at its heart, it’s simple: make the pulp, form a sheet, then press and dry it. Local artist Maeve Phelan likes keeping it that way. She’ll show you how to make Western style paper with tools and materials that you already have or can easily acquire. Recycled paper, a kitchen blender, plastic storage bins, simple frames, and a sponge are pretty much all that’s necessary. Maeve’s class is highly participatory. We found it great fun to splash around in the pulpy water! The real work, though, is making your own pulp and then learning how to form a sandwich with your mould & deckle, what “kissing off” means, and how to “couch” your sheets. In addition to the pulp you make on your own, Maeve will have prepared batches ready so that you can also work with simple inclusions such as silk thread, tissue paper, and sparkles. By the end of the class you’ll have the knowledge and skills to continue making paper on your own. Or, come back to her studio for an open workshop. Take your formed sheets home to dry or leave them with Maeve. They’ll be mailed to you or delivered to Two Hands Paperie for pick up – your choice. This class is a fun one for a parent and child to take together. The class is held at the instructor’s studio in Boulder. The address will be emailed to registered students a few days before class.
Please bring the following optional materials for class:
- Old clothes/apron
- Bag lunch and water bottle
Maeve Phelan makes things – lots of things! – and always has. The reason is partly because she loves the creative challenge and satisfaction of crafting something by hand. It’s also because she values being frugal and self-reliant, which necessarily requires repurposing, careful resourcing, and making what’s needed from commonplace items. It’s a common theme in her art. She discovered papermaking when looking for a way to entertain her friend’s four-year-old, and she was enchanted by the transformation of semiliquid pulp into paper. Her friends were impressed with the handmade stationery and cards they received that year as gifts! Maeve then started teaching papermaking to adults but still loves working with children. They, too, are quickly enchanted.
Maeve counts herself lucky to have been able to really focus on making art these last three years. She discovered Boulder Creative Collective while searching for studio space to rent and couldn’t be happier. She loves the aesthetic and the fact that the Collective is community centered. Plus, she finds it incredibly energizing to be around other creatives. Follow her on Instagram @phelan_studio