Pulp & Deckle is creating
Handmade paper, drawings, custom paper goods, art
Pulp power! Connecting people to the science, history, and art of handmade paper.
This is what we need to cover additional overhead (beyond what we've been making on classes and products) of operating the studio. When we hit $1,000 per month we can have a more sustainable business model and pay all our bills on time.
This fall we're heading to the Friends of Dard Hunter annual papermaking conference in Banff, Canada. We'll be presenting a talk about our residency program and the role that paper plays in contemporary art. We've already committed to attending and presenting at the conference, and have used credit cards to pay for the trip. With your help we can pay off the debt we've incurred. (This is a one-time goal.)
We'll buy an Oracle beater designed by Lee McDonald. It will allow us to offer more types of paper and pulp, much more quickly. For example, it takes us 6+ hours to turn a pair of jeans into pulp. With the new beater it will only take 1.5 hours- amazing! We'll also start bringing the beater with us out into the world to turn old clothes into paper. When we reach this goal we'll send everyone a card made from blue jeans that we'll pulp in our new beater! (This is a one-time goal.)
We like to get pulpy! Read all about us and our handmade papermaking studio over on our website.
Portland, OR, USA
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Who Are We?Pulp & Deckle grew out of a desire to share the magic of papermaking with others. We're a husband and wife team operating a studio in Portland, OR. We teach classes, make custom paper goods, and generally geek out about paper. Jenn first discovered handmade paper while attending grad school at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and began using the art form for her drawings. Since opening the studio in 2012 Gary has caught the paper bug too, and together we're dedicated to the creation, promotion and preservation of handmade paper. When we learned about Patreon as a way to build in steady income we were really excited, as we have lots of goals we'd love to reach with your help. When you give at any level you are not only helping our business grow, you are also supporting a sustainable art form with an amazing history.
What Do We Do?
Making paper by hand is a labor of love. While anyone can learn how to do it, much of the equipment needed to create specialty papers is either cost prohibitive, messy, and/or large. At Pulp & Deckle we provide studio access to artists, crafters, and art enthusiasts in order to carry on the papermaking tradition. Via both education and retail product sales we hope to increase awareness of how handmade paper is created and highlight its role as a sustainable craft. Our papers are made from materials such as 100% post-consumer waste papers (like shredded office paper), plants (like iris leaves), and natural clothes fibers (like cotton). It's important to us that our business remains eco-friendly while focusing on the fine craft and traditions of both Western and Eastern styles of papermaking. In our workshops we teach others how to make their own one-of-a-kind papers that are unique to their maker.
What Do We Want To Do?
A project that we started to dream about and now want to make reality is to create a handmade paper wiki. While there are many wonderful resources in the forms of books, videos, art centers, organizations, and message boards where you can learn about handmade paper, there isn't a centralized source of information (outside of a yahoo group) where fellow papermakers from around the globe can share their unique knowledge about paper. We want to make this place in the form of a wiki. Why a wiki? We feel this is the best way to unite the papermaking community to share info. in a democratic, accessible and organized fashion. How amazing would it be when you have a question about a type of plant that you want to use to make paper if you could look it up on the wiki and read all about if it will work for papermaking, how to make it work, etc.? We believe education is empowering and we want to build a place where people can learn and share. Your contributions will enable us to set aside the time we need to create the infrastructure of the wiki and launch it for contributors.
What Will Your Support Do?
With your support we'll also be able to grow our product line and offer more cool eco-friendly papers! Since one of us still has a day job your support will bring us closer to both making paper full time. When we reach the milestone for purchasing a new beater we'll be able to make overbeaten fibers for artists, and will greatly reduce the amount of time and electricity needed to make paper pulp from old clothes and textiles. The new beater will also let us take our show on the road with mobile classes that use the beater on site. Bonus- we can hook it up to a bicycle for demos- how cool is that?!?!
Thank you for helping us spread the power of pulp!