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Learn to Make Paper and Bind Books This Winter Term

Hand in pulpy water as a feature for the paper making winter term class co sponsored by oberlin shansi

There are still a few open spots left! Fill out the Papermaking WT App and submit it today! (Disregard the deadline listed on the application.) 

This January, we are thrilled to have artist Aimee Lee at Oberlin teaching a paper and book making class! The papermaking will take place in the old Hales Gym. If you choose to take this class, you’ll experience those old gang showers transformed into a paper mill, while making both Eastern and Western styles of traditional paper.

After your “wet work” in Hales, learn how to decorate your papers and bind them into elegant books in Mudd Library. If that’s not enough for one winter term, you will also take a field trip to Cleveland’s Morgan Conservatory to see a hand papermaking studio, bindery, and letterpress shop. This is a singular and immersive opportunity for anyone who is interested in letterpress, stationary, journaling, or the artistic processes. Interested? Below take a peek at some papermaking techniques documented by Aimee when she was in Korea on a Fulbright.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at or Aimee herself at

The details:

January 6-27, 10 am — 4 pm (most days). 12 students maximum. Tuition: $150

Sponsor: Ed Vermue, Library. Co-Sponsors: East Asian Studies, English, History, Oberlin Shansi, Art History.