Peace Paper Project at Bluseed Studios

Drew showing a stack of moulds & deckles (with buckets of pulp in the background).

While vacationing with relatives this summer in the Adirondacks (in New York State), I was lucky enough to visit BluSeed Studios, a local communal studio and gallery space, which also happens to be the summer home of Peace Paper Project (PPP). PPP is the brainchild of Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan, who believe the process of papermaking can be used to bring about healing, empowerment, and social change in the lives of traumatized and marginalized communities. Drew and Margaret have traveled extensively with their papermaking initiative, frequenting Europe, India, and a variety of places throughout the United States. In recent years, they have returned as artists in residence to the tiny hamlet of Saranac Lake, NY, living and working at BluSeed Studios.

BluSeed is a community arts space in Saranac Lake, NY, founded and run by Carol Marie Vossler. Housed in a former train warehouse, the studios offer access to printmaking, book arts, ceramics, papermaking, framing, performance space, and a gallery, all with the mission of “connect[ing] the community to the arts.”

Margaret and Drew showed me the papermaking studio, complete with beaters (one of which can be run via bicycle power), beautifully handcrafted moulds and deckles, presses, drying stations, and vats of pulp. They also showed me around some of the studios of BluSeed; the organization offers facilities for screenprinting, intaglio, bookbinding, and letterpress (the last two being the primary methods used by Drew and Margaret).

The two were even kind enough to gift me a box of paper on my way out—their generosity and love of their craft were quite apparent!

Peace Paper Project
18 Virginia Ave.
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
BluSeed Studios
24 Cedar St.
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Pulped cotton fabric, waiting to be run through the beater in the background.

Pulped cotton fabric, waiting to be run through the beater in the background.

artist statement

artist statement

artist statement

A print dryer, using synthetic materials instead of cardboard or blotters.

A print dryer, using synthetic materials instead of cardboard or blotters.

A print dryer, using synthetic materials instead of cardboard or blotters.

A print dryer, using synthetic materials instead of cardboard or blotters.

A print dryer, using synthetic materials instead of cardboard or blotters.

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One Response to “Peace Paper Project at Bluseed Studios”

  1. Amze Emmons says:

    What a great project. Thank you for sharing it with us.