Making Paper from Plants

Dates: July 16 - July 20, 2018 (mon - fri)

Location: Elphin by Ullapool

Course Places : Spaces available  

Price : £380

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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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Much of the attraction of this area of the country is the wildness it has retained as a result of the limited impact of human habitation.  Of course, this means that there are fewer choices of accommodation for the intrepid visitor, but there are still a wide number of options, many of which can be found on the Local Accommodation

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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