PaperWorkers Local

PaperWorkers Local

Friday, January 27, 2017

Small Books Workshop with Tamara Moan


Small books are easy to make and customize. Fill them with lists, wished, drawings and stories or give them as gifts.

We'll complete four different types of accordion-fold books with and without covers, a small wrap-bound book with folding cover, a stitched pamphlet, and a stab bound side opening book with stiff cover. 

Tamara Moan is a visiting teaching artist from Hawaii. She has taught at the Honolulu Museum of Art School since 2001 and conducts classes occasionally on the mainland U.S. She works as a painter and printmaker, showing her work regularly in juried exhibitions. Find out more about her work at

The workshop meets March 11th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The cost is $75. You may pay via the PayPal button below or make alternative arrangements via email to Mimi at

Students will need the following supplies: 
4 sheets heavy colored paper at least 26" in length - Canson Mi-Tients is good, old prints are great. 
4 sheets 18"x24" drawing paper.
20 sheets printer paper - 8.5"x11"
Linen book binder's thread or similar
Raffia or cord
Awl or hole punch
Large darning or book binding needle
Metal ruler
X-acto knife
Bone folder or butter knife
Glue stick or PVA glue

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Lane Cooper: Snow Days

"Snow Days" presents a sampler of works by Lane Cooper an Alabama native now based in Cleveland, Ohio. Included in the exhibition will be a number of drawings, paintings and a few experimental pieces made in anticipation of this exhibition. 

An alum of three Alabama schools: The University of North Alabama, The University of Alabama and the Universtiy of Alabama Birmingham, Ms. Cooper has a long history as an artist working in Alabama particularly in Birmingham. This exhbition marks a homecoming of sorts for the artist as it is her first exhibition in the state in many years. 

"Snow Days" opens on Friday February 17 from 5:30 to 8:30. 

PaperWorkers Local is at 3815 Clairmont Avenue, 35222 in Birmingham's Forest Park neighborhood. 

PaperWorkers Local has an exhibition opening to coincide with every Third Friday in Forest Park. 

In addition restaurants will have specials, wine tastings etc. Shops and galleries will be open late, catch the shows you may miss during the day, shop for gifts while enjoying a refreshment. Enjoy the social scene of Forest Park after hours. Find out what else is going on for Third Friday here:

Monday, January 23, 2017

Basic Etching Workshop

This basic workshop introduces plate preparation, coating plates with a ground, working into a ground to create line and value, etching as well as printing. Students will learn to prepare their plates, coat them with a ground, etch and print them.

Etching has been an important technique since the 16th century and was made famous by artists like Goya, Rembrandt and Turner. This workshop is open to those who are just beginning or those who want to learn less toxic methods of etching.

Michael Merry will be leading this workshop. He earned his MFA from the University of Delaware and teaches at both the University of Alabama and Snead State Community College. He is a founding member of PaperWorkers Local.

The workshop will meet on February 8 & 15 from 5:00 to 8:30.

The workshop is $75 for non-members and $25 for co-op members. You may prepay at the following link or make alternative arrangements by sending an email to

Friday, January 20, 2017

Afterward: Works by Richard Stockham

Mr. Stockham works primarily as a woodblock printmaker and occasionally works in other print mediums. His prints are personal visual narratives, windows into floating worlds, framed to lead the viewer to consider not only what is happening at the moment presented but also what follows. Mr. Stockham has long been attracted to Japanese prints, especially those of the "floating world" (ukiyo-e) for the way they engage the exotic with the familiar and engage the sophisticated with the naive.

​In 2000 he began studying Japanese style color woodblock printmaking at a school on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Though they offer a moment in time, Japanese prints are time consuming to make. The image is broken down into its component colors and shapes, then a separate woodblock is carved for each color, while allowing overlapping colors. Each block is inked and pressed onto the paper to make the final image. The complete image is perceived by the eye and then a recognition of the color layers unfold. Mr Stockham has practiced trial law in Birmingham for 30 years and has now established a second career as a printmaker. PaperWorkers Local welcomes the public to this exhibition.

Opening Reception:
January 20, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

PaperWorkers Local has an exhibition opening to coincide with every Third Friday in Forest Park.

Additional open hours:
Every Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Every Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:30 PM