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Hand-Make Your Own Paper with Local Plant Fibers

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In a Nutshell

Professional papermaker Rhiannon Alpers shows you different techniques and plant fibers before you make several sheets of your own paper

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jul 11, 2014. Amount paid never expires. This deal is for the purchase of a ticket. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 5 participants or subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Wear clothes that can get damp & shoes w/ traction and tread. Inform instructor of food allergies in advance. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be provided. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $60 for one admission to a papermaking workshop with Rhiannon Alpers
  • Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
  • You must reserve your date here in advance of the event

Workshops take place inside 1890 Bryant Street Studios, a center for fine art and crafts.

Each event is capped at 12 purchasers; each event requires a minimum of 5 purchasers in order to take place.


What You'll Do

When you think of what goes into making paper, "cooking" and "pulp" might not be the first words that come to mind. Papermaker Rhiannon Alpers explains these terms and more as she leads you through the process of creating your own sheets with locally sourced plant fibers. After showing you more than 50 samples of handmade paper, you'll don an apron and try your hand at several different papermaking methods.

  • Intro to Papermaking
    Rhiannon Alpers demonstrates how to pull a sheet of paper from plant pulp in four steps.

  • Hands-On Practice
    You try pulling sheets with a few different fibers and techniques. Typically, you can make 5–10 sheets of paper in the allotted time.

  • Dry Your Handmade Paper
    Use a heat-activated dry-mount press to dry your paper on the spot, or choose to air dry, in which case sheets will be mailed to you in three to four days.

  • Take the Lesson Home
    While cleaning up, Rhiannon covers some of the tools and techniques needed to make paper at home.


Your Host

Rhiannon Alpers Rhiannon Alpers
Papermaker

When she was 12 years old, Rhiannon Alpers discovered that she had a secret power: She could make her own paper. It might seem simple, but Rhiannon used that newfound ability Rhiannon to make collages, recycle old materials, and connect with others passionate about the artform. She went on to earn a BA and MFA in book and paper arts with and emphasis in papermaking—a craft she now teaches to others.


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    Bryant Street

    San Francisco, CA 94010

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