Sep 13th,

12:00pm — 3:00pm

Location: Weather permitting, Courtyard between Walker and Bixby. In the case of inclement weather, in the basement of Walker.

About The Workshop

An exploration of paper as a graphic medium. Using in-studio equipment, students will produce their own paper pulp from plants and experiment with different techniques for pigmenting and painting with the pulp in graphic and illustrative ways. Simple methods for paper pulp casting will also be demonstrated using handmade paper and precast plaster molds. A great workshop for communication design and illustration students looking for ways to marry digital workflows with more physiologically grounded image-making practices or traditional craft.


Students will come out of the workshop with their own colorful handmade paper specimens and an understanding of how small-batch papermaking can be utilized within a graphic design context, 3D practice, or illustration workflow.

Next Steps

Students interested in further exploring papermaking as a medium or extension of on-going projects may contact the instructor for information on local and national internship opportunities. The Sachs Museum at the Missouri Botanical Garden's current exhibition Leafing Through History (closes October 27, 2019) explores traditional papermaking practices around the world as well as its use in both contemporary art and origami. The Sam Fox School papermaking facilities are available for use by students upon faculty approval.


  • Michael Powell, Lecturer

    An interdisciplinary artist and designer based in St. Louis, Powell received a BA from the University in California and a MFA from the Sam Fox School. When he isn't teaching in the Sam Fox School's Book Studio, you can find him at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, St. Louis' preeminent craft school, where he works as the Director of Marketing + Design. His latest paper-based work is currently on view in the Sachs Museum at the Missouri Botanical Garden through October, 2019.

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