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From Plant to Paper, Paper to Book (Co-Hosted with the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education)

July 15, 2016, 5:00 pm - July 16, 2016, 4:00 pm


Join paper artist Nicole Donnelly to explore plant-based papermaking and bookbinding, in collaboration with The Schulkill Center for Environmental Education.  In this two-part workshop, learn the process of making paper by hand, starting by harvesting the plants.  On Friday, take a walking tour of the Schuylkill Center grounds to identify and  collect invasive plants for papermaking.  Bringing these back to the classroom, learn how the fibers are prepared and have some fun beating them into paper pulp. We’ll provide wine to enjoy while you’re making the pulp.  Saturday, spend half the day forming sheets of handmade paper from our collected plants (this is a wet process!), and in the second half of the class, use premade sheets of plant paper to sew into handbound books.  All materials and tools provided.

Schuylkill Center and Soapbox members receive a $10 discount. Learn more and register here.

Friday, July 15: 5 – 8 pm

Saturday, July 16: 11 am – 4 pm

About The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education:
Founded in 1965, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education inspires meaningful connections between people and nature. We use our forests and fields as a living laboratory to foster appreciation, deepen understanding, and encourage stewardship of the environment.

About the artist:
Nicole Donnelly is a visual artist and independent teacher in Philadelphia, PA. In 2013, she founded paperTHINKtank, a papermaking studio in Port Richmond, and she is the current President of IAPMA (International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists). She is a member of the Friends of Dard Hunter, a board member of The Soapbox, and has been published in Hand Papermaking magazine (Winter 2013). She studied papermaking with Timothy Barrett at the University of Iowa, fell in love with the process, and hasn’t looked back. Her artwork is focused on the environmentally sustainable possibilities and beauty of handmade paper.


July 15, 2016, 5:00 pm
July 16, 2016, 4:00 pm
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