Papermaking as Transformation and Storytelling for Queer Makers

with e ainsley
Thursday, June 13; 6–9pm CT

In this in-person workshop, make paper sculptures with an object of significance to you and paper ephemera—letters, journal pages, photos, and/or documents—you’ve collected over time. Start by making a silicone mold of a cherished object that you bring to the studio. Then, turn your ephemera into pulp which will fill your mold to infuse this paper sculptural object with new meaning. 

The process of breaking down old correspondence and other paper ephemera and transforming it into something new can be magical. The fibers have the potential to hold so much history—and as a result, the medium works on its own to tell stories, disrupt or establish an archive, and ask questions about origin. This practice is integral to queer experiences of being and forever becoming. Bring your own papers, journal pages, photos, and old documents to turn into pulp. Each participant will leave with a paper sculpture of the original object as well as a silicone mold for future use. Please note that sculptures will be taken home to finish drying in the mold. Instructions for removing your sculpture will be shared.

This in-person workshop is intended to center makers who identify as Queer (LGBTQIA+), offering a supportive space to learn skills and build connections. We ask participants to respect this intention and, for participants who do not identify as Queer, we ask that you be conscious of the impact of your participation. Minnesota human rights laws prevent exclusion of anyone based on their identity.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 3 hours, Category A or B

$85/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 materials fee
$43 for BIPOC/Financial 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.

Please note: Registration closes 6/10 at midnight (CT).