It’s a new year and we have a whole host of activities for our members and visitors to enjoy. So make your first stop our NEW Calendar page and check out some of our regular events, workshops and tips & tricks sessions.
We got off to an excellent start with our first Taste for Paper workshop last Sunday. An enthusiastic group of people met for 3 hours to try their hand at paper-making for the first time.
We were lucky with the weather and, after pressing, the pieces were rolled onto boards to dry outside.
Having refueled with lunch the participants were shown the full range of facilities we have at our disposal; equipment such as the Holland beater were explained along with the new hydraulic press and they were able to ask questions (of Jill, our expert on the day) regarding various aspects of paper-making.
Our member, Peter, a book-binding tutor showed his work and discussed book-binding techniques and how much of an integral part of our organisation it is. Just another way of using our handmade paper.
Rhonda and Claire unveiled our etching press and explained that many of our members are print-makers, and time in the studio each month is dedicated to this group.
Once dry, the papers were removed from the boards and here are some of their results:
Rosie included dried plant material and torn Japanese paper into her sheets, as well as experimenting with building layers of colour.
Lindsay laminated red and white layers and also tried a range of inclusions including a shimmery glitter on her paper.
Vick added a textural layer to one of her pieces and had a go at stenciling specific shapes, as well as adding a floral paper serviette inclusion.
A great day and we look forward to welcoming others to attend a similar event. If you would like to attend a Taste for Paper introduction we offer these on demand and you can find out more on this webpage. Scroll down to the relevant section.