Philadelphia Hand Made Paper Company
Hands on Papermaking, Go Green Now, World Art & Silk Scarf Marbling Programs
"I believe that the arts by their very nature stimulate participation and that everyone is artistically gifted."RICHARD ALDORASI’S HANDS-ON EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
He demonstrates, wearing an historical colonial costume, and uses only fibers used by the early colonial papermakers such as flax (linen) and cotton. Cultivating the flax plant to be processed into linen thread, then woven into cloth; making paper from linen rags; and using ink derived from flax seed oil for the printing press are all the result of centuries of development whose end product took on the form of a book. The paper is formed out of a three-foot coopered, cedar vat with an authentic mould and deckle. An antique press, drying rack, and various hand tools are all part of his exhibit. Combined with the aesthetics of this artful, 2000 year-old craft, he tries to present a truly authentic educational experience focused on life in colonial America.
Each person gets hands-on participation as Richard takes them through the variety of steps in forming his or her own sheet of paper. Each student takes not only the unique experience, but also a piece of colonial history. Each participant receives an 8-1/2 x 12-inch deckled edge piece of flax paper with a Heart and Scroll watermark.
LETTER PRESS PRINTING:
In this program each person becomes part of the rich history of printing. Mr. Aldorasi’s press is build from solid walnut and designed after the Franklin Lever Press in Philadelphia. Each participant experiences the authentic process of inking the plates with inking balls, setting the paper, rolling the plate under the platen and working the lever to print his or her own piece of handmade linen paper. Along with this historic presentation, Richard also covers the environmental issues of today and printing throughout the ages.
It is Mr. Aldorasi’s hope that this presentation will leave an impression as clearly on students as the type face of the printing press and the water mark of the papermaker have done since the Vulgate Bible was first printed in the fifteenth century.
PAPERMAKING & LETTER PRESS PROGRAM OPTIONS:
Papermaking - One day program in paper making
WORLD ART RESIDENCY PROJECT
We will be happy to provide you with samples and to put you in touch with Mr. Aldorasi should you wish to discuss further the World Art Residency Project.
CREATE YOUR OWN SILK SCARF BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT/PTO FUND RAISING EVENT
"Create Your Own Silk Scarf" is one of Mr. Aldorasi’s most popular events. Price is based upon number of participants and number of scarves created.
"As an educator, I highly recommend Richard for this program. He is not an artist who is looking for a way to make extra money on the side; he is committed to education. It was a teaching situation that got him started and he has continued to make education his main purpose. He is interested in each child learning about his craft but he is also interested in giving them an appreciation for paper that will encourage them to be “kind” to paper and their environment. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions."
"From 1993 to 1999 I was the Executive Director of the Elfreth’s Alley Association in Philadelphia. Elfreth’s Alley interprets the working class trades people’s lives through the architecture and furnishings of their homes and through a variety of programs. The Alley’s most popular event is the two-day June Fete Days. This event includes house tours and demonstrations by twenty artisans. Richard Aldorasi has been one of the demonstrators for six years. His demonstration techniques are some of the best that I have ever seen. He has a special quality that engages the visitor and leads them through the process of papermaking. Both children and adults are encouraged to "make a sheet" of paper.
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249 Old Stamford Road (for express deliveries)
New Canaan, CT 06840
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