Wednesday, April 6, 2011


     Twinrocker is the largest handmade paper factory in the United States. And, last Saturday, thanks to my Living-Learning Community, I got to attend a paper-making workshop there! Collins, like the other LLCs on campus, regularly offers trips and workshops like this. Though some are only for Collins residents, like this paper-making workshop, many are open to the public. For example, tomorrow night we're having an amazing guest speaker come to give a presentation, Scientists are the New Rock Stars, in our coffeehouse from 7-9. Feel free to stop by! (Here's more info:

A quick demonstration before we get to work!
Making one of the first sheets.

     We left for Twinrocker, which is about two hours from Bloomington at 7:30 a.m., and we didn't get back until about 6:15 p.m. that night. This trip was definitely worth the early morning, though! At the event, participants heard a brief presentation on the history of paper and paper-making. We watched a demonstration on how the pulp is made and on rolling out a few pieces of paper, and then we got to work for the rest of the day! All the paper we made will be shipped to us, and we will be completing a book-making workshop with it soon!

Lunch at the cafe next door.
And, back to work!
Oh, we also got to make these little
sheets of paper to decorate!
And, one last thing to mention:
Paper pulp feels real weird!

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