Founded in 1986, Hand Papermaking Inc. is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to carrying the legacy of handmade paper into the future.
The organization distributes a newsletter, sells Hand Papering magazine, and organizes events all in honor of making paper. They have also created an artist registry, as well as a limited-edition set of handmade paper portfolios.
On Sunday, October 4, the organization will be hosting a luncheon with the Boston Paper Collective near the city. It will feature a mini-seminar on paper with Sid Berger, festivities with Elaine Koretsky and the International Paper Museum, and a chance to support the programs of Hand Papermaking through donations and visibility.
Lee McDonald, a papermaker equipment maker for over thirty years, will be leading the luncheon from his home at 11:30 AM. He will be telling tales of hand papermaking from the “olden days.” He will also discuss his latest beater, as well as the Boston Paper Collective.
Following the luncheon, a visit to Newton Lower Falls will be available. The village has a long history in papermaking.
Then, a mini-seminar will commence featuring Sid Berger and Michele Cloonan, paper collectors with over forty years of experience between them. Berger, the director of the Phillips Library at Peabody Essex Museum, served on a committee of scholars who created a thesaurus of paper terms. The lecture will be focused on recognizing and describing different aspects of paper.
The day will end at the International Paper Museum, located at The Research Institute of Paper History and Technology.
There is only room for twenty participants. To register, contact Hand Papermaking at (301) 220-2393. The cost to attend is a $75 tax-deductible donation to Hand Papermaking.