Sunday, January 4, 2015

Portland, Oregon's Community Hand Papermaking Studio Needs Your Help!

For the past two years the small business, Pulp & Deckle, has established itself as a community resource for artists and curious creatives who want to work with the medium of handmade paper. The studio offers an array of services, including membership which gives artists access to specialized equipment and tools. Co-owner & visual artist, Jennifer J. Woodward teaches a variety of workshops in the space where students of all levels and experiences are welcome.
The studio has an etsy shop for
those looking to purchase paper, or paper goods like cards and prints featuring illustrations of woodland creatures that live in the Pacific Northwest. And if you’re looking to custom order paper for a book edition, or other project, the studio will work with you to create high quality, one-of-a-kind papers.

In 2014 Pulp & Deckle established an artist residency program in collaboration with the arts non-profit, c3:initiative. The Combined Studio Residency gives 4 selected artists the opportunity to explore the medium of handmade paper. Focusing on experimentation and sustainable art practices, the residency provides each artist with one week of free studio time where they work with a studio technician to create a new body of paper based artwork. The program culminates in an exhibition to be held at c3:initiative later this year. Application information for the 2015-16 residency will be posted in May.

Pulp & Deckle booth at the OMSI Mini Makers Faire 2014. Demonstration of recycled and cotton linter papermaking. Some adventurous types also tried their hand at pulling a sheet or three to help make the world map on the whiteboard.

To better support the community of artists and makers interested in papermaking, Pulp & Deckle have launched a 30-day fundraising campaign on indiegogo. The money raised will be invested in equipment upgrades and expanded services. Co-founder Jenn Woodward says, “The majority of our $9,900 goal will go towards the purchase of a new beater which will enable us to quickly and efficiently process fibers into pulp. We’d like to do more demos, getting out to farms and schools with our new beater. We can take old clothes and agricultural waste and transform them into pulp for making paper. Paper didn’t start out being made out of trees, and we want to connect people to the history and art of the craft.” At the culmination of the campaign the studio will have a 24-hour live-blogged, papermaking marathon where they will make rewards for their fundraiser supporters.

For more information about Pulp & Deckle, please visit, or contact Jennifer J. Woodward at 503.847.9947,

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