paperTHINKtank is a community accessible hand papermaking studio in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, dedicated to making paper, collaborating with artists, and growing the paper, print, and book communities of the city.
paperTHINKtank produces sustainable and local handmade paper and books using invasive plants and renewable resources. We offer classes and workshops both in the craft of sheet production, as well as the creative applications of paper and paper pulp to make original paper artworks. The goal of paperTHINKtank is to strengthen the community of hand papermakers in Philadelphia and bring greater visibility to an underrecognized artform.
Founded and operated by Nicole Donnelly, paperTHINKtank opened its doors in 2013 and has been steadily growing ever since. Donnelly is a hand papermaker and visual artist. She is the current President of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA); a Board Member of The Soapbox: Community Print Shop & Zine Library in West Philly; a member of the Friends of Dard Hunter; and a co-organizer of the Hand Papermaking Community Documentation Project. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2009, where she studied with Timothy Barrett, and her BA from Bennington College.