Yesterday we were invited to a paper making workshop at Jingren’s Paperlogue, which was also in the Dongcheng district. Jingren’s is a community for designers, with an office and a work space with all the tools you need to produce books. They also hold courses and lectures there, as well as workshops of different kinds, such as paper making and book binding.
In addition they have the most lovely storefront with a cafe in it. I spent some time there working after our workshop, it was like finding an oasis amongst the busy streets of Beijing. Beautiful colored paper everywhere, nice furniture, plants, air con and a good selection of hot beverages (coffee, too!).
As for the paper making workshop we were making traditional Chinese fans. The process started with mixing a small piece of paper pulp with an even smaller piece of plant pulp, by hammering the pulp for 20 minutes. Traditionally this process takes even longer - you are supposed to hammer the pulp 4800 times, which I imagine would be a really good workout session for bi- and triceps. So after your pulp is properly hammered, you dissolve it in water onto a fine masked net. Once it starts resembling really thin cotton you can distribute it evenly over the net, which is then lifted out of the water. Our home made, really thin paper was in the end glued onto a fan, one layer on each side. The process demanded a lot of concentration and accuracy, but personally I enjoyed it a lot.
For me it was a bit hard to find the address of this place online since I don't read Chinese (the address you find is often to another department I think). So here it is for those of you who want to visit: Fuxiang Hutong 13. In the Dongcheng district that is.
Today is the FINAL DAY of the book fair. Time has been flying. If in Beijing, do not miss it! We are open until 6pm. I’ll be checking in later, to post some pictures from the fanzine workshop Fredrik is hosting at 2pm today.