Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Critter is Here

Great News!

Our portable Hollander Beater aka the "Critter" has arrived from New Zealand.  The is a wonderful addition to our hand papermaking process as it will allow us to move beyond kitchen blenders to a more versatile means of making pulp.  With some help we will be assembling the small motor to get it up and running to make our first batch of cotton rag pulp within a couple of weeks and ready for our upcoming workshop in October 13 & 14.

We are currently collecting old Blue Jeans(100% cotton)  to make indigo colored paper and any 100% cotton rags, old underwear & T shirts, bed sheets, table cloths preferably in white but color OK too but keep separate. If you would like to contribute let me know and I can pick up your cotton rags. All contributors will receive a batch of our paper. You can also mail to me Jacqueline Gens, PO Box 171 Conway, MA 01341

These will need to be cut into 1 " postage stamp pieces to go into the Critter ( can be done with a rotary cutter as well as scissors). If you can't do this yourself, that's OK we can process the rags here. Also, it is important to fully wash the rag in hot water ONLY to remove any detergent.  Each batch needs about 1 1/4 pounds of rag to convert to enough pulp to keep us busy making paper all week long.

If you are interested in the process of hand made paper please join us for our work shop with Sheryl Jaffe October 13 & 14 or just stop by and visit us at the yellow schoolhouse in Conway to check it out. To learn more,  visit our blog at

Thank you Nary & Bret for all your help in assembling the Critter.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Harvest Papermaking Weekend Workshop DATES: October 13 & 14, 2012

Khandroling Papermaking Cooperative
Harvest Papermaking Workshop
October 13 & 14, 2012
With Sheryl Jaffe

WHERE: Tsegyalgar East Schoolhouse (Basement Studio) & Khandroling

18 Schoolhouse Road, Conway, MA 01341

HOURS: 9:00-5:00 PM each day

COST: $75*/$125 including materials * sliding scale for low-income



1st Day Saturday, October 13 we will cover Fiber preparation and the marvels and history of paper. We will make some tools, cook, rinse, beat, blend and cut fibers in preparation for making paper on Sunday.

2nd Day Sunday, October 14 Making paper from a global perspective: su-geta, molds and deckles, floating molds of different sizes and shapes.

 We will explore kozo (mulberry), linen (flax), iris, ginko leaf, and corn, other fibers are welcome.

*Bring an apron and shoes that can get wet
*Bring a good pair of scissors, pen and paper for notes
*Bring something flat--a board or cookie sheet for transporting your wet sheets of paper home

 Local fibers make beautiful, unique, exotic papers for writing, drawing, printing, origami, cards, wallets, books, etc.

 INSTRUCTOR: Sheryl Jaffe MA, Art Education, 1992, University of Massachusetts, BS in Multicultural Art Education from the University Without Walls'1986. I began making paper about 20 years ago in order to create paper sculptures, this was a direct reaction to making sculptures in concrete. I needed to "lighten up". I was a potter in my early art career and I still think like a 3 dimensional person. Paper from plants to me is a sacred, tangible substance you can hold, see light pass through, create and receive messages with. When I am making paper I am so happy, watching the fibers come together, swirl around in the water and form such strong substances. I now live in Ludlow and I teach in Northampton where I work with inventive, creative high school students and teachers. I continue to be fascinated by form, light, nature and people. My art creativity finds expression in making handmade paper and using it to form sculptures, photographs, installations and books. My regular creativity finds expression in my teaching, gardening, cooking and learning. I have been exhibiting my sculptures, installations, prints and photographs for the past 25 years.