Papermaking with Exotic Fibers | July 19th – 20th, 2014


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Learn the basics of creating your own handmade paper with exotic fibers from your garden, grocery and local florist. From the harvesting and collecting stage to finished sheets, you will get the chance to participate in all the steps. Students will learn the process for making paper with unique fibers (such as grasses, vegetables, fresh herbs and flowers). Students will get a chance to learn the keys to cook, beat, and form sheets of paper in this 2 day intensive. During the day students will pull sheets from the large variety of fibers for thier personal paper collection. Paper made during the class can be taken home to dry or sheets will be taken to dry under pressure for several days and mailed to students.

Materials to bring: Clothes that can get wet and shoes with traction, a notebook, sharp scissors, and plastic Ziploc bags to take home extra fiber. There is a short optional tool list which will be emailed for the class once you are enrolled. Fibers for use in this class will be provided; local resources will be given for future reference.


Rhiannon Alpers is a papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist. She has an MFA in Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Book Arts from UC Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies.

She has taught workshops and college courses at San Francisco Center for the Book, Sonoma Community Center, MarinMOCA, Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Kala Printmaking Institute, Academy of Art University, University of San Francisco, Stanford University, Filoli Gardens Estate, Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, Feather River Art Camp, Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and Santa Reparata School of Art in Florence, Italy.

Rhiannon now works for her own company called Gazelle and Goat, a letterpress and bookbinding shop located in the Mission district of San Francisco. Please visit the website to learn more. She has worked as the Head of Studio Operations for the Bindery and Letterpress, and was the Production Coordinator for the Imprint Publications for San Francisco Center for the Book. She has apprenticed/interned at Turkey Press in Santa Barbara, Larksparrow Press in Evanston, and worked as a production bookbinder for the Paper Source Bindery in Chicago.