In the field: A natural fiber papermaking workshop

Natural fiber paper making is the process of taking a plant/raw fiber and transforming it into pulp to be made into beautiful handmade sheets. This course is designed to experience and understand all aspects of natural fiber paper making. We will be examining sources of materials, which plants to choose, why and complete identification. We will be looking at the ideas of growing, wildcrafting, and other collection methods, as well as storage of dry fiber. We will be using multi cooking solutions based on the fiber’s need and sustainable techniques. We will examine beating methods for sheet function and aesthetics in the final sheets. We will discuss and utilize a variety of additives such as sizing, pigment and calcium carbonate. Sheet forming will be executed western style with a few different mould types. We will investigate drying possibilities and equipment for paper to achieve particular results.
Wholistically the class will look at the flow of the studio, equipment pros and cons, sustainable possibilities and ergonomic choices within the work area.

Date: June 18 – 22

Monday evening 6pm – 8pm
get together for a wood fired pizza dinner and tour the farm and studios

Tuesday – Friday workshop 9:00am – 4pm with a lunch break

Fee:  $925.00
$200 non-refundable deposit due February 1st, 2018
rest of payment due May 1st, 2018
Add on fees if applicable: shipping paper back $30.00
box lunch option for 4 days (omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan) $30.00

Register:  please email and let us know you are interested we will send you a waiver that must accompany your deposit

The area: We are located on the border of Indiana and Michigan. The closest town is New Buffalo, Michigan – 6 miles from us. This is a tiny resort town located on Lake Michigan. This is a great area to vacation with family and friends – let them go to the beach all day as we toil away in the studio.

Lodging: This is a resort area in the summer. We suggest finding lodging sooner than later. It is not unheard of to book 6- 8 months in advance. These are the links that should help you find the right place. Some of the air bnb’s places house many people and we can connect workshop participants.

Harbor country
Laporte County Tourism
air bnb

We will provide a transport shuttle during the week from downtown New Buffalo to the farm from the local coffee shop.

The nearest major airport is O’Hare in Chicago. There are many car rental options. We are 2 hours from the airport. From O’Hare you can grab a bus called Coach USA which will drop you off in Michigan City, IN. We can shuttle you from this bus stop to your lodging as long as you are lodging in the New Buffalo, MI area.

mapquest our address: 756 WEST 900 North, LAPORTE, IN 46350

Train: There is an Amtrack station in downtown New Buffalo, MI

Boat: New Buffalo, MI marina