On the Horizon at paperTHINKtank

It’s been a busy winter season in the studio, and last week’s Japanese papermaking with Philadelphia KOZO was a blast!
But what’s on the horizon?

    1. March’s workshop is already upon us — March 6 –, and if you’ve been waiting for the opportunity to start with the basics (or just have a good time pulling a lot of Western-style sheets), this is the class for you!
    2. There are 2 more free paper workshops I’m teaching at the Philadelphia Free Library.
    3. Invasive Plants make Paper at Fleisher Art Memorial, March 2nd at 6pm.
    4. Pluto (yes, Pluto the ex-planet and now dwarf planet) was the inspiration for a portfolio of prints organized by Amanda D’Amico. These prints are going to be shown in the VERY near future.
    5. And what about APRIL?


Intro to Western Papermaking — the FUNdamentals

Sunday March 6, 1pm – 5pm
Open to 8 students, $50, 6 spaces left!

paper.jpgThis is a one-day workshop in the WET studio. Beginning with the mold and deckle, students will learn the basics of Western hand papermaking: the tools and materials used, the properties of various paper pulps, the art of pulling sheets of paper, and embedding objects such as thread, ribbon, found text/images, or natural plant materials in our handmade papers. We will create up to 7 blank sheets of beautiful handmade paper from cotton and abaca fibers, some with inclusions (embedded objects). These papers, once dry, can be used for bookmaking, printmaking, drawing, or they can be finished works of art on their own!

To RESERVE YOUR SPACE, or go here:
http://paperthinktank.wordpress.com/classes-workshops, and click on REGISTER NOW

All classes take place at paperTHINKtank in Port Richmond.
3240 Collins Street / Phila, PA 19134
Easily accessible on public transit via #5 and #60 buses, or Market-Frankford line.


Get your hands wet for free at the Free Library!

freeLib_Feb2016WHEN: Saturday February 27, 1pm – 3pm
Saturday March 19, 1pm – 3pm
WHERE: 601 W. Lehigh Ave., the gorgeous Lillian Marrero branch
These workshops are open to the public; children and adults welcome. It’s not as intimate of a setting, but you’ll still get to make some paper and experience the fun!


Sanctuary Series: Hand Papermaking from Invasive Plants

at Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
Wednesday, March 2nd, 6pm

Mary Tasillo and I are co-presenting!
“Since its invention over 2,000 years ago, relatively little has changed in the process of papermaking, but the application has transformed to include not only a writing surface but a versatile artistic medium. Donnelly and Tasillo will discuss their own artistic and collaborative projects incorporating Philadelphia invasives into fine art and street art. Giving historical and contemporary context, the two will also guide participants in making their own sheet of handmade paper.”


The Pluto Print Exchange is coming soon!

The amazing Amanda D’Amico organized this wonderful portfolio exchange and the upcoming exhibition.

My contribution:


“Pluto and Charon in the scopes”, 2015
Cyanotype and suminagashi collage on handmade abaca paper, 9″ x 8″


What about APRIL??

April 1st & 2nd, I will be at the Philadelphia Art Book Fair again, tabling with The Soapbox. Last year was a fantastic event, and I can’t wait to be there this year!

April 11thHigh Shrinkage Fibers & Basic Armatures workshop at paperTHINKtank!! Not to be missed.

As always, feel free to contact me with questions or share this with a friend.