Create sheets of beautiful, one-of-a-kind paper at home using household materials. Through a step by step process you will learn how to use your own natural dyes, to create pulp, a mould and deckle. This workshop is open to people of all genders, race and sexualities who want to explore recycling, reusing and reducing through art. These workshops will teach you how to make environmentally-friendly, recycled, handmade paper in a fun, easy and interactive workshop.
Black and Indigenous community members are invited to attend for free or pay what you can. White community members are invited to purchase and donate tickets for queer and trans people of colour. If you would like to attend this workshop but do not have the financial means, please reach out to the teacher or organizers. QTBIPOC folks will not be turned away for lack of funds.
Maneesa is a multidisciplinary creative residing on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. As a gender non-conforming, queer, child of refugees, their work reflects ancestral history, trauma and healing as it pertains to home and belonging. Maneesa holds a Bachelors in Communications, Art and Technology, minor in Sociology and Certificate of Social Justice from Simon Fraser. They have been volunteering for organizations, delivering speeches, facilitating workshops, organizing fundraisers and events for over a decade. They have published and performed poetry, screened a short film, exhibited soundscapes and displayed their art in print as well as in Vancouver, Toronto, Minnesota and many digital platforms. Maneesa values resource sharing, creative expression and mindful experiences such as, hiking, painting, kneading dough, and lying on flat surfaces or critically consuming cultural commodities. Check out their art on Instagram or their writing and previous workshops they’ve facilitated here.
Plastic large Vat/Pot/Tupperware/Tub
Kitchen Blender/Food Processor
Sponges/Towels or other absorbent material
Mould and Deckle:
Plastic Canvas Sheet
Hardware Cloth/Window Screen or any nylon/metal mesh
2 Picture Frames (same size)
Duct Tape/Wood Glue/Staple Gun
If you want to buy your mould and deckle here are some links where you can find what you’re looking for:
Session 1: Reuse: we will rip up scrap paper and set an intention for the paper you want to
make (look, feel, smell, purpose).
Session 2: Construct: depending on the materials available to you, we will create a Mould and
Session 3: Blend and Dye: We will be creating pulp using a blender and natural dyes.
Session 4: Mould and Decorate: We will be moulding the pulp into paper and decorating the
sheets with household materials, dried leaves or flowers.
Session 1: March 09, 2021
Session 2: March 16, 2021
Session 3: March 23, 2021
Session 4: March 30, 2021
Start time: 17:00 EST
End time: 19:00 EST
Venue: Zoom conference