Tonight starts my second round of paper making classes at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. I took the course last summer for fun and out of curiosity to see if paper making had any room in my stationery business. Class was indeed fun and I enjoyed experimenting by adding various mix-ins to my papers, many of which were paper and ribbon scrap from previous projects. Creating an at home paper making studio became one of my long term goals.
This summer, the both the garage and basement have a little extra workspace, and I’ve enrolled in paper making again. My goal this summer is to start making paper suitable for cards (and hopefully envelopes.) This time I’ll be armed with my own mold and deckle, ready to work out the kinks in class and try things on my own at home.
Speak up, creatives – what would you do if you had enough studio space? (and time, of course.)Jessica Schaefer is a graduate of Edinboro University with a degree in graphic design. She rekindled her love for design by creating, printing, and binding her wedding save-the-dates, invitations, and programs. She is a member of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts where she continues to study paper making and printmaking. Jessica started her Etsy business with designs from her own wedding before expanding to new ideas. This year her business, theBird+theBeard, also began selling cards in independent shops in several states. When not working on new ideas for theBird+theBeard, she enjoys camping and spending time with her husband and stepson. You can review her work at thebirdandthebeard.com.