WSW's Papermaking Studio

Women’s Studio Workshop has been making quality handmade papers since 1979. Our papermaking studios are designed for sheet forming processes, low relief, and three-dimensional work. In 1999, WSW began the ArtFarm program, in which we grow our own fibers especially for hand papermaking. The ArtFarm project has now tested over 100 native plants for their fiber strength, coloring capacities, print worthiness, and translucency.

Papermaking Studio Equipment List

  • 1000 sq. ft. studio space
  • (2) 1-1/2 pound Hollander beaters- 1 David Reina, 1 custom built
  • 30″X 40″ hydraulic press
  • vats up to 22″x 28″
  • 4′x 6′ custom stainless steel vacuum table
  • variety of moulds and deckles including small sugetas
  • 4′x 8′ cloth screen for poured sheets
  • stack dryer (30”x 40”)
  • outdoor cooking facility for fibers and dyes


  • The gate of heavenly peace

    This book celebrates the struggle for freedom of the Falung Gong practitioners at Tiananmen, the “Gate of Heavenly Peace”, where they come to meditate, display their banner or just chant “Falung Gong is good.”

    Wei Jane Chir, 2004. Buy it now.