Making Paper from Plants

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Location: Elphin by Ullapool

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papermakingplants4This week-long course will take you through the complete process of turning plants into paper.  My studio, in the remote north west Highlands, is surrounded by a wide range of grasses and fibrous plants, which we will pick, chop, boil, pulp and sieve in order to make beautiful, textural sheets of paper. We will also try combining fibres, including recycled papers, to achieve a wide range of effects.  And as a development of the basic process, we will make embossed surfaces, envelopes, pockets and a sturdy book cover.  

Every so often, we will take some time out of the rhythm of paper-making to do some simple print-making with the original plants, to use as illustrative pages of the book which we will make on the final day.

You will leave with a pile of varied and unique hand-made papers, your own paper-making kit, and a hand-bound book full of your own hand-made papers and recipes.  If the weather is good and we are able to work outside, you might even leave with a sun tan!  

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Jan's studio is in Elphin, overlooking the magnificent mountains of Suilven, Canisp, Cul Mor and Cul Beag. This remote location means that accommodation is a little more difficult to find, but the experience of visiting this area makes the search well worthwhile. Many course participants opt to stay in Ullapool, which is 20 minutes drive away. It is a most picturesque fishing village, with a good range of accommodation to suit all budgets. There are many restaurants and takeaways and shops, as well as some evening entertainment, should you have any energy left at the end of that day's workshop. And students often group together and car share for their daily trip up the road, past Stac Pollaidh, to the studio. Please look at the Accommodation links page to find out more.

To read about an innovative community partnership approach to preserving and improving this landscape for the benefit of all, have a look at Coigach and Assynt Living Landscapes. To find out about the fascinating geology of this area go to North West Highland Geopark.


Email :    Tel : 01854 666279,   Postal Address : Jan Kilpatrick, Cul Mor, Elphin, By Lairg, Sutherland, IV274HH.

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