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March 2017
$95

Introduction to Western Papermaking

March 25 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw St. Unit 102
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2W5 Canada
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This workshop is a great introduction to western techniques of papermaking. You will be taken through the rich, fascinating and relevant history of paper – from the discovery of the first sample to the journey across China, Japan, Korea, Baghdad to Europe.

Together we explore the basics of traditional European-style sheet forming with both a traditional laid mold and a woven mold. You will have a chance to make paper with different sizes and styles of mold and deckles, and will learn how to use fibres such as cotton, abaca (Manila hemp) and Ontario hemp to pull their very own sheets of paper.

Techniques like laminating, shaped sheets and inclusions will also be introduced, with an opportunity for you to bring in your own found materials to experiment with.

Participants will leave this course with 40-60 hand-pulled custom sheets of paper and enough knowledge to continue exploring paper at our intermediate level.

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$205

Sculptural Papermaking Day 4

March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw St. Unit 102
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2W5 Canada
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Paper’s sculptural properties are some of our favourite things about the medium. In this class we explore the lightness and toughness of paper through experiments with different techniques and paper fibres. Learn how varying the fibre and how it is processed can produce an almost limitless variety of pulps from soft opaque cotton to hard translucent flax and hemp. This variety makes paper an exciting material when combined with light. We will show multiple techniques such as casting over forms on a vacuum table and tamping over soft objects. You will experiment with paper that shrinks like leather by allowing it to tighten around existing armatures or objects. See paper bend wires and reeds into shapes as it shrinks. Students will leave with a collection of samples and handmade sculptural objects.

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April 2017
$55

Open Session Marbling

April 3 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw St. Unit 102
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2W5 Canada
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In this session, vats of carrageenan, alum, ox-gall and inks will be pre-mixed for water-based marbling. Guidance will be provided by our expert instructor as well as references to design patterns. A range of papers will be provided, however you are encouraged to bring different kinds of paper to experiment with as well as cloth and wood!

This style of workshop is great for those that would like to freely explore patterns in marbling such as stone marble, nonpareil, bouquet, Spanish wave and more!
Maximum paper/cloth and wood size: 20 x 28

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$52

Japanese Stab Bookbinding

April 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw St. Unit 102
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2W5 Canada
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Join us for an exploration into stab bindings, a functional and beautiful structure popularized in Japan. This is a great first book structure for beginner bookbinders, and is also exciting for those who already have experience with western bookbinding because it offers a new set of decorative opportunities.

Stab bindings are also an easy way to bind loose sheets, which is difficult in western book structures. Participants will make two books – the first a simple four-hole binding to learn how the structure works, and the second a more complex design of their choosing.

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$62

Papercutting: Plants and Crystals

April 10 @ 6:30 am - 9:30 pm
Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw St. Unit 102
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2W5 Canada
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Explore the intricate art of papercutting with Tiny Blades Project’s Annyen Lam. In this workshop, you will learn how to cut imagery and designs using washi (Japanese paper) and precision blades. In this themed class there will be be a variety of real plants and crystals to draw inspiration from!
Along with hands-on demonstrations of the various methods and materials used in papercutting, this workshop will focus on your projects in an open studio setting so that you can plan and execute your piece. By the end of the workshop, you will each leave with your own hand-cut paper plants and crystals!

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$180

Intro. to Papermaking Intensive Day 1

April 22 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw St. Unit 102
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2W5 Canada
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This workshop is the 101 of handmade paper! Journey through the process of papermaking from raw materials to hand pulled sheets of paper.

This class is a combination of our beginner level – Deckle Box Paper and Introduction to Western Paper. Students will learn traditional European style sheet forming with fibres such as cotton, abaca (Manila Hemp) and Ontario hemp. We will explore the differences of pulling with a traditional laid mold and a woven mold. Techniques such as laminating, shaped sheets and inclusions will also be introduced, with opportunity for participants to bring in their own found material to experiment with. Basic Nepalese style deckle box is covered as well – a high walled mold and deckle, placed in a container of water allowing the pulp to suspend while pulp is dropped and mixed in. This allows individual pulls of different coloured pulp, mixes of different fibres and/or found materials to be part of the final sheet.

Students will leave this course with 40-50 hand-pulled custom sheets of paper and enough knowledge to continue exploring paper at our intermediate level.

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$180

Intro. to Papermaking Intensive Day 2

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw St. Unit 102
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2W5 Canada
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This workshop is the 101 of handmade paper! Journey through the process of papermaking from raw materials to hand pulled sheets of paper.

This class is a combination of our beginner level – Deckle Box Paper and Introduction to Western Paper. Students will learn traditional European style sheet forming with fibres such as cotton, abaca (Manila Hemp) and Ontario hemp. We will explore the differences of pulling with a traditional laid mold and a woven mold. Techniques such as laminating, shaped sheets and inclusions will also be introduced, with opportunity for participants to bring in their own found material to experiment with. Basic Nepalese style deckle box is covered as well – a high walled mold and deckle, placed in a container of water allowing the pulp to suspend while pulp is dropped and mixed in. This allows individual pulls of different coloured pulp, mixes of different fibres and/or found materials to be part of the final sheet.

Students will leave this course with 40-50 hand-pulled custom sheets of paper and enough knowledge to continue exploring paper at our intermediate level.

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$73

Buttonhole Bookbinding

April 24 @ 6:30 am - 9:30 pm
Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw St. Unit 102
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2W5 Canada
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Buttonhole binding is a simple and fun form of bookmaking with lots of potential to house your journals, sketchbooks and book projects. The buttonhole stitch is a beautiful binding that allows a repetitive wrapping of the spine at the head and tail, echoing the vertical folds of the exposed sections. Forming a bead with this stitch tightens the wrapping and also gives a beautiful decorative element - making this technique very special. In this class we will learn to cut and prepare our covers and sections to sew together a book. It can have any number of sections and can be made with a variety of cover materials.

Participants will leave with at least one handmade blank notebook and instructions on how to create more at home. We will provide everything you need from thread to paper!

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