When we first moved to Washington Street in Middlebury, we converted the upper floor of the house into a papermaking studio space. It is a good space, but narrow and with a cold northern light. Then in 2012, we found we could convert the upper floor of an outbuilding on the property into a larger, more spacious studio.
The Washington Street Studio was built in the summer of 2012 when we cut a hole in the roof of our barn-like garage and constructed a dormer across the back to give me a wonderful, light filled studio space. We insulated the entire structure, put in skylights, brought water to the building and eventually installed solar panels on the roof. The studio has a small stove for cooking fibers, a Charles Hilger Vacuum Table, and some gallery space for displaying finished paintings.
After years of either beating my pulp by hand or with a blender, or buying prepared pulp or using another studio’s Hollander beater to beat it myselt, I finally bought a small Hollander beater from Lee MacDonald and can now beat pulp as I need it and better control the quality of the paper I make.
I have enough space to teach small classes, and to have fun using handmade paper as the medium for my artwork. My most recent explorations combine monotype and pulp painting.
Washington Street Studio is located in Middlebury, Vermont. Visitors welcome by appointment or on Open Studio days.