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Pulp & Deckle is a community handmade papermaking studio located in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland, OR.

Portland, OR Mixed Media
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Pulp & Deckle is transforming an empty space into a community handmade papermaking studio, with your help!

Who are these pulpy people? And where are they?

We've got the space, we've got the passion, now we just need a bit of shine, polish, and equipment. Born out of visual artist,  Jennifer J. Woodward's basement in 2011, we've been scouring Portland's diverse neighborhoods in search of the perfect spot to connect with future paper masters. Now that Pulp & Deckle is moving into the C3:Initiative's community projects space, we have an amazing opportunity to share our love of handmade papermaking with our friends and neighbors. The bones of the space are great, but it needs a bit of work before it can be the lively, and efficient studio we envision. 

Located in the vibrant & evolving St. Johns neighborhood, the Pulp & Deckle studio will hold workshops for beginners on to experienced paper-makers. We'll offer classes on topics like creating vegetable papyrus, marbling paper, making paper from clothing fibers like bluejeans, painting with paper pulp, creating watermarks in paper, and so much more!  

We aim to be as sustainable with the studio as possible, and will focus on recycling as a way to make new papers from junkmail, and worn out cotton clothes. Did you know that paper made with cotton or linen is archival, meaning it won't fall apart when it gets wet? That's why when you put a dollar bill through the wash it comes out just fine. We can't wait to share the possibilities of handmade paper with others in a supportive, educational, and fun environment.

Where is your money going?

Pulp & Deckle studio will give people access to the equipment, space, and supplies that are often only available in colleges or university type settings. By providing greater access we hope to enable people to create amazing things that otherwise would be out of their reach. 

This is the 2-lb. beater we would love to purchase!
This is the 2-lb. beater we would love to purchase!

Before we can really get the studio going there are some large (literally) pieces of equipment, and supplies that we need. We are in need of an Aardvark 12-Ton Press, a Reina Paper Drying Box, cardboards and blotters for the drying box, Heavyweight polyester felt, moulds of various sizes, vats, aprons, pulp painters, strainers, pots, materials to build raised beds for growing fruits and veggies, varied pulps and fibers, tongs, squeeze bottles, strainers, formation aids and retention agents, 5 gallon buckets, large sheets of plywood, and various tables and shelves. 

The Reina Paper Drying Box is approx. $4,500 including shipping from the East Coast
The Reina Paper Drying Box is approx. $4,500 including shipping from the East Coast

What happens if we surpass our goal?

The Aardvark press and Reina drying box are the most expensive items we need to get things going. That's why we've created rewards specific to the funding of these pieces of equipment. One item we're not including in the budget for the studio at this time is a 2-lb. Reina Beater. We'd love to have the beater, but due to it's large cost, we decided to leave it off our campaign to keep things as lean and mean as possible. However, if you're a donor that has the ability to fund the purchase of the Reina Beater, we've created a rewards level just for you! Having the beater would definitely kick things up a notch in terms of the professionalism and productivity of the studio, and you would have our undying gratitude if you are able to help us reach beyond our goal and purchase the beater.

What can you get by pledging?

***NEW REWARDS ADDED***

After 6 yrs. of living in Portland, we feel like we can call ourselves adopted Portlanders. If you're a fan of the IFC TV show Portlandia, and you live here, then you know how much of the show rings true! We especially appreciate the characters who "Put a Bird on It." Jenn has actually been putting bird heads on people in her art before we even moved to Portland, so she fits right in here.

In honor of the awesomeness of Portlandia, we've created an exclusive to kickstarter handmade paper print called "Put A Bird On It." Yours for a pledge of $40 or more! (see images below.)

8" X 10", Recycled handmade paper "Put a Bird On It" Portlandia, EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER REWARD!
8" X 10", Recycled handmade paper "Put a Bird On It" Portlandia, EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER REWARD!
Detail of "Put a Bird On It" reward. Remember, each piece will vary slightly in size and color.
Detail of "Put a Bird On It" reward. Remember, each piece will vary slightly in size and color.

You could put the print in a frame, or you could cut out the characters, glue them onto Popsicle sticks, and make paper dolls out of them. Hurrah for bird people and for Portlandia!

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We've added also a special Doctor Who themed seed paper print at the $20 level! See pics. below- GERONIMO!

One-of-a-kind TARDIS handmade seed paper prints!
One-of-a-kind TARDIS handmade seed paper prints!

And to get you even more excited about being involved, we're offering some of the following unique rewards, many of which are exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign. 

Pulp & Deckle TEAM PAPER Kickstarter Supporter T-Shirt Reward
Pulp & Deckle TEAM PAPER Kickstarter Supporter T-Shirt Reward
Kickstarter Supporter T-Shirt Detail
Kickstarter Supporter T-Shirt Detail
Pick your own 1" TEAM PAPER button flare (layout may vary)
Pick your own 1" TEAM PAPER button flare (layout may vary)
Your choice of 4 animals printed on handmade paper (approx. 5x7", color & size will vary)
Your choice of 4 animals printed on handmade paper (approx. 5x7", color & size will vary)

We are so excited to move into our new studio space and start collaborating with local artists and community members. With your support, Pulp & Deckle is moving from a dream to reality! 

Click on the "Back This Project" button on the top right of this page to pledge your support today!

THANK-YOU!!! YOU are TEAM PAPER!!!

Also, a big thank you to our cinematographer Will Lesher-Pierson, and to the 50's era blues guitarist Reverand Gary Davis, for his awesome song- The Sun of Our Life (Reverend Gary Davis) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.

FAQ

  • We don't get any money. :(

    Seriously though, when you make a pledge to a kickstarter project, your money is not taken right away. You are making a pledge to pay the amount if the project is successful and meets its goal by the deadline. If the project does not meet its goal then no money is taken from any of the backer's accounts.

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  • Once the project is successfully funded we will create a survey to get your shipping information and t-shirt size.

    In fact, if you're getting any reward that requires shipping info. or other preference (like what kind of animal print you want), we'll get the info. from you via a survey.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    3 backers

    A thank-you on the Pulp & Deckle website, + a postcard with a personal message mailed to you!

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    Pledge $10 or more

    3 backers Limited (97 left of 100)

    All the $5 rewards + a handmade 1" Pulp & Deckle button

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    Pledge $13 or more

    0 backers

    For you last minute folks, we have a special STRETCH REWARD coming in at the last few hours of our project! We've met the goal, but it's not too late to get your very own "Space Paper." We'll send you an 8"x11" dark blue/back hues piece of handmade paper embedded with glitter so it sparkles like space!

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    Pledge $20 or more

    2 backers

    In honor of the epic & beloved sci-fi tv series, Doctor Who, and the start of its 7th season on Sept. 1st, we've created a special Doctor Who handmade seed paper print! The recycled paper is embedded with flower seeds like morning glories, and bluebells. The print is made with water-based ink from a one of kind linoleum block. You can choose one 8x10" print, OR four 5x7" prints, OR five 3x3" prints. Remember, these are unique one-of-a-kind art prints and paper, so each piece will vary in size and image. It'll be a fun TARDIS surprise!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    14 backers Limited (16 left of 30)

    All the $5 rewards + a pack of 10 sheets of 5x7" plant-able seed paper (your choice of wildflower, herbs, or veggie seeds)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $30 or more

    6 backers

    All the $5 rewards + a Pulp & Deckle logo t-shirt featuring the TEAM PAPER kickstarter exclusive design

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  • You selected
    Pledge $40 or more

    1 backer

    Special NEW REWARD for all you lovers of the IFC TV series, Portlanda! We've made a recycled handmade paper print inspired by the show! We call it "Put a Bird on It," and as you can see- that's just what we've done. We plan on sending the original pencil drawing to Fred & Carrie. This print will only be available to our kickstarter backers, so get it will it lasts!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    5 backers Limited (15 left of 20)

    All the $10 rewards + the TEAM PAPER kickstarter exclusive t-shirt

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  • You selected
    Pledge $60 or more

    4 backers Limited (46 left of 50)

    All the $5 rewards + an original 5x7" animal drawing printed on handmade paper (choose your animal from 4 options)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    3 backers Limited (32 left of 35)

    All the $10 rewards + the TEAM PAPER kickstarter exclusive t-shirt AND a pack of 10 sheets of 5x7" plant-able seed paper (your choice of wildflower, herbs, or veggie seeds)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    0 backers Limited (40 left of 40)

    All the $10 rewards + an invitation to studio launch kickstarter contributors party for 2 people with refreshments and live demos

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  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    All the $10 rewards + a pack of 25 sheets of 5x7" plant-able paper (your choice of wildflower, herbs, or veggie seeds)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    2 backers Limited (18 left of 20)

    All the $30 rewards + a personal 2 hour handmade papermaking workshop in the Pulp & Deckle studio!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $350 or more

    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    All the $30 rewards + attendance to 3 Pulp & Deckle studio workshops of your choice (see pulpanddeckle.com website for details)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    All the $50 rewards + a 11x14" archival handmade paper animal drawing of your choice.

    Have a beloved pet? Jenn will lovingly create a drawing of your cat, dog, chicken, lizard, etc. on archival cotton rag paper. Or she can draw you a zebra, or some other fantastic animal- it's up to you!

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    Pledge $600 or more

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    All the $100 rewards + 1 month of unlimited Pulp & Deckle studio workshops for you and a friend (see pulpanddeckle.com website for workshop details)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $2,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    All the $600 rewards + a 11x14" handmade paper animal drawing of your choice, AND your name on a plaque permanently installed on the Aardvark 12-Ton Press, saying- The "Your Name" Press

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  • You selected
    Pledge $4,500 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    All the $600 rewards + a Pulp & Deckle kickstarter exclusive t-shirt, AND a 11x14" archival handmade paper animal drawing of your choice, AND your name on a plaque permanently installed on the Reina Paper Drying Box, saying- The "Your Name" Drying Box

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  • You selected
    Pledge $9,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    All the $600 rewards + an additional 2 months of studio membership for you and a friend, AND a Pulp & Deckle exclusive kickstarter t-shirt, AND a 11x14" handmade paper animal drawing of your choice, AND your name on a plaque permanently installed on the 2-lb. Reina Beater, saying - The "Your Name" Beater

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    Pledge $10,000

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    All the $600 rewards + an additional 5 months of studio membership for you and a friend, AND 2 Pulp & Deckle exclusive kickstarter t-shirts, AND a one-of-a-kind set of plush Pulp the Squirrel & Deckle the Bear mascots, AND a set of THREE 11x14" handmade paper animal drawings (animals of your choice.)

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Funding period

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