PaperWorkers Local

PaperWorkers Local

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Mimi Boston: Paper & Ink

Please join us for an exhibition of new works by Mimi Boston.

Mimi is a Master Gardener with a deep interest in nature. Many of Mimi's subjects are botanically-inspired (she loves trees). 

Mimi began her career as an artist working in fused glass and has shown her work at many venues including Magic City Art Connection and the Alabama Craftsman show at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Works in this show have been created via a variety of print processes including woodblocks, intaglio, photo-intaglio, and monoprint; combining and experimenting freely. Her attitude is inventive. 

Mimi is a founding member of Paperworkers Local and has really been the main force behind our group. While every member of our group makes a big contribution of time and energy, we wouldn’t be here today without Mimi. As a group we have watched the evolution of her work over the last four years and we are very excited to exhibit these new works. 

Mimi Boston’s show opens August 3 from 5-7pm at 2717 Seventh Ave South.

Friday, June 16, 2017



In this two-day workshop, students will print layered compositions on etching presses selecting from the large geometric printing blocks carved by exhibiting artist, Lindsay Schmittle, and used in her The Printed Walk series (opening April 5th). On day two, participants will crop their prints to use as notebook covers as they learn basic bookbinding techniques to bind three journals.

April 7: 10:00 - 4:00
April 8 12:00 - 4:00
Tuition is $75

Supply List for students:
-bookbinding needle
-2 binder clips
-x-acto knife & minimum 2 extra blades
-ruler (one with cork back is best for grip)
-small cutting mat

Please send questions to Mimi at


with Mike Marks

Carborundum printing is an exciting form of collagraph where highly textured plates are made using carborundum grit (finely ground metal particles). This process lends itself to approaching print with a painterly perspective, the allowance of collage processes, and combining plates in unique and possibly collaborative ways. In this workshop, students will explore mark-making techniques and surface development, approaches to inking, and pulling finished prints. Come embrace this playful form of printmaking for a new experience or to add to your repertoire!

Mike Marks is an artist and printmaker: he holds a BFA in Drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Delaware. A new resident to Minnesota, he moved here from Portland, Maine where he was Director of Intaglio at Pickwick Independent Press. He has taught workshops at various art centers across the country, including the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, ME.September 16 & 17, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 
Enrollment is limited to 7 students
Tuition is $75

Please send questions to Mimi at


with John DeMotte

This workshop will introduce techniques used to make photographic and  drawn images on a photo-sensitive polymer plate. Attendees will learn how to create a positive transparency image from both a photo file and from a drawing that will be used to make a Solarplate intaglio plate. This process is both relatively easy and non-toxic.

Supplies and a handout will be included but you must bring at least 1 digital photo image file on a thumb drive. If you have a laptop with photoshop or iphoto that would be helpful as well. Lunch will not be provided but we will take a break and go to one of the area eating establishments.

September 23, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Enrollment is limited to 7 students
Tuition is $75.00Please send questions to Mimi at

Moku Hanga with Richard Stockham

This workshop introduces the materials and methods of Japanese style woodblock printmaking.

June 24, June 25, July 15, and July 16 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.

$150 includes tuition and materials including paper sufficient for 10 to 15 prints, 2 woodblocks, horsehair brush, rice paste, and pigments.

Girlscout Bookarts Badge with Linda Merry & Marie Cope
This workshop follows official Girlscout guidelines for the book arts badge. Enrollment is limited to eight students.

July 22 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

$55.00 - Lunch included.

Copper Plate Etching with Michael Merry
This beginner level workshop introduces basic materials and methods involved in etching and printing from copper plates. Enrollment is limited to six students.

July 19 & 26 from 5:30 - 8:30 with an open work session on August 2

$50 - Includes two 5"x7" copper plates. Students will need to bring printmaking paper. Paper samples will be provided at the first meeting.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ink Only

PWL are hostin our first juried exhibition in partnership with UAB's Department of Art and grant support from the Alabama Council on the Arts. We are very excited to announce that our juror for this show is amazing printmaker and UAH professor of art Katie Baldwin!

Katie Baldwin: April, 2012, woodblock, 17" x 25"

A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Prints


The goal of Ink Only is to create awareness and educate the public about the many various methods explored in printmaking. The exhibition is open to all forms of original printmaking including traditional, digital, and experimental processes.

Established and emerging artists 18 and over currently living in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee are invited to enter.


First Prize: $300 plus Solo Show at Paperworkers Local in the following 12 months.
Second Prize: $150
Third Prize: $75


Katie Baldwin, Assistant Professor of Art, Printmaking, The University of Alabama at Huntsville.

Katie Baldwin is a printmaker and book artist who has traveled internationally as an artist in residence. She was one of seven international artists selected in 2004 to learn traditional Japanese woodblock printing (mokuhanga) from master carvers and printers at the Nagasawa Residency on Awaji Island, Japan. Under Queen Anne’s Revenge Press, Baldwin produces artist’s books and woodblock prints. She has exhibited extensively, including Geida University in Tokyo, Japan and the Print Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work can be found in many collections including the Library of Congress in Washington DC. She has received grant funding through several organizations, including the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts. Baldwin received her MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She served as the Victor Hammer Fellow at Wells College from 2011-2013. You can learn more about our Katie and her work at


Ink Only is sponsored by Paperworkers Local, a 501(c)(3) non-profit artists’ co-operative based around a printmaking facility in Birmingham, Alabama, in partnership with the UAB Department of Art and Art History, and with generous grant support from the Alabama Council on the Arts (

The members of PaperWorkers Local have pooled their resources to establish Birmingham’s first printmaking studio. The co-operative also exhibits the work of local artists and emerging artist from around the country, as well as offering workshops in various media. More information can be found at or visit us at 2717 Seventh Avenue South, Birmingham, Al 35233.

The exhibition will be held at the UAB Department of Art and Art History ( PROJECT SPACE, an adaptive space that cultivates and supports meaningful creative investigation, interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship by providing an alternative platform for UAB Department of Art and Art History students, faculty and community to engage teaching, research, public service, and visual art practices. More Information about UAB’s Project Space can be found at:


Opening Reception and Award Presentation August 25th 2017 at 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

August 25th-September 16th, 2017 in the UAB Department of Art’s Project Space located at 900 13th Street South in the UAB Humanities Building, Room 100 (on the east side of the building, facing 13th Street South)


Entries should be submitted via
$35 for 3 images.


Entries accepted for Exhibit must be submitted and reclaimed at the close of the Exhibit at the expense of the artist. Work may be dropped off and picked up in person at designated times or will be shipped back to the artist, return postage must be provided.
If mailing, mail to: Jared Ragland AEIVA 215 1720 2nd Ave S. Birmingham, AL 35294-1264.

Works not received by the deadline will not be exhibited. Works must be framed, under plexi (no glass) and be ready to hang with D-ring or wire (no sawtooth hangers). All work must remain in the exhibition for the entire duration. All work must be clearly labeled on the back. Works exhibited for Ink Only will not be insured. All reasonable care will be taken; UAB and Paperworkers Local accept no responsibility for any loss or damage to artworks.
Images of any accepted work may be used for promotional purposes or documentation of this and future juried exhibitions.

Prices for any work offered for sale or Not For Sale (N.F.S.) must be indicated on the Entry form. There will be a 20% commission on the sale of any work payable to PaperWorkers Local, the non-profit sponsor.


Deadline for Entry submission June 15, 2017
Notification of Acceptance July 15, 2017
Work Due August 14– 18, 2017
Exhibit Opening and Award Presentation August 25, 2017 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Exhibit Dates August 25 – September 16, 2017
Pick Up Work September 16 after closing September 18 from 9-5pm


If you have questions, please send an email to, attention: John DeMotte.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Screen Print Workshop with Tenisha Hicks

This is a beginner level workshop open to all learners. Students will learn to make screen prints and will have the necessary equipment to make prints on their own.

Sunday February 26 from 10am-4pm.

And participants will need to purchase the screen-suggested: A 20"x24" 230 DYED approximately $28.
Can be purchased from Screen Process of Alabama 4250 Praytor Way Trussville AL 205-655-4418.
If you call and order and pay we will pick up your screen for you.

Non-members: $50 material fee plus $50 tuition.

Members: $50 material fee plus $30 tuition

You can pay via the PayPal button below or make alternative arrangements via email to

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

Monday, December 19, 2016

Relief Print with Jane Marshall

This workshop introduces relief printing from image to carving to printing.

The class will meet:

1/25 from 5:30 - 7:30 for an introduction.
1/28 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
1/29 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The fee is $100. You may pay via the button below or make payment arrangements with Mimi via email to

Students will also need to purchase their own tools and paper to print on.

Jane Marshall earned her MFA from the University of Wisconsin. She has taught at the university level and various workshops and artist residencies and it is her own art investigations that are most rewarding and continue to challenge, stimulate, and drive her. Her training is in printmaking but she explores drawing, prints, painting, ceramics and low-relief carved painting. Her prints have ranged from etchings to woodcuts, the more recent work has focused on woodblock prints and from this she has expanded to carved low relief painted panels. These "paintings" are narrative from autobiographical recollections to images drawn from her immediate environment to a series focusing on animals and nature.