Butterfly-Wing Paper

with Hannah O’Hare Bennett
Saturday, March 25; 10am–4pm CT

Butterfly-wing paper is a technique developed by the teaching artist in which a frame is wrapped tightly with thread and then dipped in various pulp fibers to create thin sheets with thread inclusions (or thread embedded in the paper). There are endless possibilities to explore with this unique technique—threads can be woven, different kinds of pulp can create a variety of interesting effects with translucency and opacity, and frames can be designed to create specific patterns. In this in-person workshop, learn this papermaking technique, as well as how to use natural pigments to add color, while experimenting with different kinds of pulp. Participants will come away with a basic understanding of the butterfly-wing papermaking technique for continued independent experimentation. Please wear clothing that can get dirty and shoes that can get wet (i.e. rubber boots, garden clogs, etc.). 

All skill levels are welcome to participate. For folks to continue working on this technique independently following the workshop, participation in European Papermaking and Paper Beater Training is required to prepare fiber in MCBA’s paper beaters safely and effectively.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or C

$160/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 materials fee
$80 for scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 materials fee
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the “Adult” rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

Masks are strongly recommended for program participants working close to others in MCBA’s studios. See our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 3/20 at midnight (CT).