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Introduction to Hand Papermaking, August 2022

August 6 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm



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An In-Studio Workshop!

Saturday, August 6, 11am-5pm

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About this Workshop:

This workshop covers the basic techniques of Western-style hand papermaking, including pulp preparation, sheet forming, couching, pressing, and drying. It includes an overview of decorative techniques, such as the use of pigments, inclusions, layering, and shaped deckles. Pulp additives such as sizing, retention agents, and formation aid are also covered. This class is designed as an introduction for new students and a refresher for out-of-practice papermakers.

Level: Beginner

Registration closes July 29, 2022.  Material fees are included with your registration, though a list of additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.


Registration includes a $30 materials fee to cover all of the necessary materials provided in class. Students may want to bring the following optional supplies to class:

  • Personal apron (waterproof recommended, can substitute a cooking apron)
  • Shoes with good tread (the studio floor will get wet and can be slick)
  • Note paper and pen (for taking notes)


Jessica Beels is a Washington, DC, sculptor working primarily with handmade paper to make structures inspired by microbiology and other forms in nature that comment on global issues such as climate change and evolution. She has a background in art history and the history of decorative arts, as well as experience in technical theater and a wide range of fiber arts. She considers herself an accumulator of techniques and a tool addict. Learn more about her work at jbeelsdesign.com.

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