Papermaking with Garden Plants

When and Where

4 May 2019 - 25 May 2019 (20 hours, 4 weeks)
Days and times
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

Sarah Lucy Baxandall
Course code

Paper Making (7)

What you will learn

On this new, extended version of our popular course, experience the whole natural papermaking process from plant to sheet. Learn to gather, cook and beat a variety of plant fibres from the Morley garden. Then go on to make your own personal selection of samples, sheets and cards showcasing the fibres' unique colours and textures, with lots of guidance and support. Suitable for beginners and experienced papermakers.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Recognise and gather plant fibres for papermaking
  • Cook and process fibres ready for sheet forming
  • Form consistent sheets with the fibres you have prepared
  • Embellish your sheets using various decorative techniques

Class format and activities

We will go right back to the beginnings of the craft of hand papermaking and also learn about its origins in nature by making paper from scratch. First, we'll harvest local plants, selecting the best parts for papermaking.
Then we will cook and clean the fibres and process them in Morley's Hollander-
beater to make a selection of pulps over the first four weeks.

As each pulp is ready, we will create sheets, which will be subtly different, depending on the plants used. Some may be rattly and strong, some softer with more visible fibres. You can add decoration or leave them plain and simple. The possibilities are endless, and there is a great satisfaction -
though also a lot of work - in producing our own unique portfolios and sample books of sustainable papers from the garden.

Each week there will be a chance to look at samples and examples, and participate in group discussions. Show-and-tell sessions are held regularly as a means of sharing experience, troubleshooting and inspiring others.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and
supportive environment.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for complete beginners and more experienced papermakers who want to try out new ideas or to work on their own projects.

What you need to know before you enrol

You will be working with water, coloured pigments and soda ash so wear old clothing and bring an apron to protect clothing. Where water is used you will be
made aware of the risk of slipping and students need to ensure water is mopped up during the session. You will work either standing up or sitting.
Students co-operate to clear up the communal working areas at the end of the session and to put away equipment.
The class is situated on the second floor of the Nancy Seear Building. There is partial disabled access via a stair lift. Please contact ALS on: 0207 450 1972 or Art & Design Admin on: 0207 450 1934 before enrolling if you have any mobility support needs

What you will need for your class

You will need two or three packs of low-cost flat J Cloths, a waterproof apron and some carrier bags to take damp work home in.

What you can do next

Morley offers several different papermaking courses each year. Once you have mastered the basic techniques you can return term and term again to
improve your skills and develop ideas. Papermaking has an affinity with textiles and printmaking and there are plenty of courses at Morley that you can
join to further your creative endeavours.