Learn papermaking techniques at Volcano Art Center

  • Courtesy of MARY MILELZCIK Learn the basics of making your own paper and recycle at the same time during “Introduction to Papermaking” on Saturday at Volcano Art Center.

Join artist Mary Milelzcik for the “Introduction to Papermaking” workshop from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Learn the basics of making your own paper and recycle at the same time.

This papermaking workshop, using a household blender, will introduce you to papermaking using recycled papers with various additives, including local plant materials. Students will use a postcard-sized Japanese suketa to make several sheets of paper, and use a larger sized mold and deckle and alternative screens to create larger pieces. Participants are encouraged to bring dried plant material, colored papers and other items to add to the pulp or imbed in their paper. The workshop will also include an overview of papermaking using local plant materials, local earth pigments and dyes. Participants will leave with a basic knowledge of papermaking, a variety of papers, resource list, and instructions on how to make paper at home. Students with special interests may email Mary prior to the class at


The class fee is $65/$60 for VAC members plus a $38 fee, inclusive of supplies. To register, please call Volcano Art Center at 967-8222 or visit

Milelzcik has a B.A. degree from Sonoma State University’s School of Expressive Arts, a radical two-year upper division interdisciplinary experimental program, where students worked with a mentor, and chose their own path in upper-division art. Printmaking and papermaking were her focus. This transformative experience set the path for a career as a mixed media artist and photographer; curator at Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif., for 10 years; and as an instructor of mixed media encaustic art, papermaking and printmaking Her artwork has been shown internationally.


Currently, she is combining hand-ground local pigments and organic materials into mixed media paper and encaustic paintings. Workshops are held at her Arts Asylum studio in Pahoa by appointment.

Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village.

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