Sustainable Papermaking with Repurposed Paper and Plastic

with Hannah Chalew
Sunday, June 25; 10am–4pm CT

Learn how to make paper as a way of collaborating with your environment. In this in-person workshop, learn how to assemble a simple, inexpensive papermaking workspace and how to make paper with discarded material—old prints or drawings, newspaper, digital prints, and mail—from start to finish. Information will be shared on how to source basic equipment (available at thrift and hardware stores) needed for processing pulp, making sheets, and pressing the handmade paper. Then, we’ll use this DIY method to create paper from a variety of found papers. Participants are encouraged to bring in plastic waste from home or litter collected on the way to MCBA that can be shredded and included in our paper. Instruction will also cover the basics of pulp-painting with the various pulps made in the workshop and ways to create large sheets from a small mould.

Wear clothing that can get dirty and shoes that can get wet (i.e. rubber boots, garden clogs, etc.). Participants will be invited to bring paper home on sheets of cardboard. 

Please note that papermaking is a wet and physical process that involves repeated lifting and bending. Accommodations can be made for individuals with specific needs (please share these when registering) and we encourage all abilities to participate in ways that feel safe and comfortable.

Hannah Chalew’s art is part of Paper Is People, an exhibition co-curated by Tia Blassingame and Stephanie Sauer, which offers a new definition of paper­ within a global and decolonial framework. The exhibition is on view in MCBA’s Main Gallery April 14 through August 12, with a reception on Thursday, June 22.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 6 hours, Category A, B, or C; fulfills Core papermaking requirement

$168/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $50 materials fee
$84 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $50 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 6/19 at midnight (CT).