Studio Labs

MCBA’s Studio Labs provide low-cost access to equipment outside of workshops. Enjoy fellowship of other makers as you work on your own projects in our bindery, wet studios, and print studios. Studio fellows are available to answer questions or help with equipment, but participants must register in advance and have adequate training to work independently. Studio Labs are not eligible for Certificate credit.

MCBA’s studios are also available for rental by-the-hour. Visit MCBA’s equipment rental page for more information. For regular access to equipment, check out MCBA’s Artist Collective.

By registering for a Studio Lab, you agree to read and follow MCBA’s Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols when in our studios. Thank you for keeping yourselves and our community safe and creative!

Have questions? This PDF contains a detailed list of FAQs.

Paper Beater Training September 21

Tuesday, September 21; 6:30–7:30pm CT
Experience required

If you aren’t already trained to use our paper beaters, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s paper beaters, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently. Continue reading “Paper Beater Training September 21”

Papermaking Lab September 21

Tuesday, September 21; 3–9pm CT
Experience required

Beat fiber with MCBA’s Reina beater and two Valley beaters. Or, bring prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. The valley beaters hold approximately .75 lb. (dry fiber or half stuff); the Reina holds up to 2 lbs. dry fiber (half-stuff only). Continue reading “Papermaking Lab September 21”

Cutting Equipment Training September 28

Tuesday, September 28; 6:30–7:30pm CT

If you aren’t already trained to use our cutting equipment, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s bindery cutting equipment, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.
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Paper Beater Training October 12

Tuesday, October 12; 6:30–7:30pm CT
Experience required

If you aren’t already trained to use our paper beaters, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s paper beaters, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently. Continue reading “Paper Beater Training October 12”

Papermaking Lab October 12

Tuesday, October 12; 3–9pm CT
Experience required

Beat fiber with MCBA’s Reina beater and two Valley beaters. Or, bring prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. The valley beaters hold approximately .75 lb. (dry fiber or half stuff); the Reina holds up to 2 lbs. dry fiber (half-stuff only). Continue reading “Papermaking Lab October 12”

Cutting Equipment Training October 19

Tuesday, October 19; 6:30–7:30pm CT

If you aren’t already trained to use our cutting equipment, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s bindery cutting equipment, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.
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