Chapbook Contest Winner Reading – Wells College Press


JR Tappenden’s award-winning chapbook is now ready for release, and she’ll be reading Thursday, October 6, at 7pm in the AER room in Macmillan Hall, Wells College.
Come learn about the contest and the process of turning a manuscript into a beautiful chapbook. And hear Tappenden read the beautiful  poems that won her this national prize!
Refreshments will be served, and the chapbook will be available at a discount.
This event is Free and open to all.
Here you can find two poems from this collection and hear the author read them herself:  And remember, as we approach winter: “Don’t be fooled by the light / in the spring leaves; their color will be red again / soon.”

Peace Paper at Wells

Peace Paper Project Workshop: Global Papermaking and Social Justice

Peace Paper returns to Wells College for a week-long series of workshops and lectures on the history of papermaking and the role of Peace Paper Project in the renaissance of global papermaking.38
Since the invention of paper by the Chinese two thousand years ago, papermaking has traversed the globe, with each culture adapting it’s different fibers, tools and techniques. The 19th-century industrialization of papermaking processes pulping trees, almost completely eradicated the varied and unique processes that existed across the globe. The 21rst-century marks a new era for papermaking: the portable, pedal powered papermaking studio.

Peace Paper Project has used the new portable model to help bring traditional and contemporary practices back to communities, specifically designing community-based papermaking studios that use the paper arts for healing and community empowerment. Since 2011, Peace Peace has helped launch 33 studios across the globe; in Australia, India, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Spain, UK and throughout the USA.

Peace Paper Project returns from it’s latest international tour, establishing studios in Ukraine for soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress and Germany for Syrian immigrants. The team will demonstrate a variety of traditional papermaking practices around the world, while discussing cultural, economic and environmental reasons for the different practices.

Students are invited to make paper as it was made; from its Chinese inception from hemp netting and mulberry bark; as it traveled east to Japan using mulberry bark; in the Nepalese tradition using Daphne fiber, the Islamic tradition using linen and hemp rags, the European and early America tradition using cotton rags

In-between hands-on demonstrations of paper-making outside of Morgan Hall , daily lectures will be presented on the history of papermaking and the role of Peace Paper Project in the renaissance of global papermaking. Specifically Drew & Jana will discuss the use of the portable paper studio in developing programs: for orphans in Turkey, ex-combatants and survivors of the sex trade in Ukraine,survivors of Soviet occupation in Poland and Syrian refugees in Germany.

Monday, Sept 5: 10– 4pm
Papermaking Studio: Demonstrating the earliest papermaking recipe: hemp netting and mulberry bark. Demonstrating hand beating fiber, pouring sheets of paper and the flexible mould.
1 pm lecture (Zabriskie Hall):
The invention of papermaking

Tuesday, Sept 6: 10 – 4pm
Papermaking Studio: Papermaking travels East: Demonstrating Japanse Papermaking. Using Gampi & Kozo fibers in the eastern tradition.
1 pm lecture (Zabriskie Hall): Papermaking follows religion east

Wednesday, Sept 7: 10 – 4pm
Papermaking Studio: Traditional Islamic Papermaking (hemp & linen rags on laid mould, spur dried, external sized and hand burnished)
1 pm lecture (Zabriskie Hall): Paper in the Islamic world

Thursday, Sept 8: 10 – 4pm
Papermaking Studio: European & Early American Papermaking. Cotton, linen rags, internal sizing, restraint drier.|
1 pm lecture (Zabriskie Hall): The Guttenburg Press, western papermaking and the Hollander beater.

Friday, Sept 9: 10 – 4pm:
Papermaking Studio: Peace Paper Project and 21st Century Papermaking; students are invited to use the pedal powered hollander beater and pulp printing techniques to make personal paper art from underwear, military uniforms, flags, currencies, refugee clothing and Wells College.
1 pm lecture (Zabriskie Hall): The Peace Paper Project and Global Papermaking

About Peace Paper: Peace Paper Project utilizes traditional hand papermaking as a means of engaging communities in art practices which bring people together, broadcast their stories, and transform their fibers into meaningful art pieces. The project operates everywhere from private workshops to public demonstrations in order to perpetuate the art of hand papermaking while adapting to the needs of each specific community. Peace Paper merges its skill set of papermaking, bookbinding, printmaking, and creative writing with the unique practices and concepts of host communities as a way of empowering our collaboration.The project is based out of art studios, universities, and civic centers across the globe. Peace Paper utilizes local creative resources as a means of building connections between participants and their communities. These connections promote sustained artistic expression as well as an enduring sense of personal power for the individuals we work with. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

About the Peace Paper Facilitators:
About Drew Matott:
Drew Matott is a Master Papermaker with an expertise using traditional papermaking as a form of trauma therapy, social engagement, and community activism. He directs the vision and strategy of Peace Paper Project across the globe.
About Jana Schumacher:
Jana Schumacher graduated from Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and is a fine artist based out of Hamburg, Germany. She joined the Peace Paper team in 2016 and directs St. Pauli Paper, where she uses papermaking in her own work, as well as conducts workshops for artists and different healing populations, with a special focus on developing programs for Syrian immigrants.

The New Victor Hammer Fellow

Well College and Wells Book Arts Center are very pleased to announce our 10th Victor Hammer Fellow: Heather R. Buechler.

Heather R. Buechler is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher. She is a 2015 and 2016 Windgate Resident for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, the 2014 artist-in-residence for theTRANSIT outbound program, a recipient of the 2013 Caxton Club Grant, and former Print Production Fellow for the Journal of Artists Books (JAB). Her work can be found in numerous collections in the US and internationally, including the Yale University Library, Centre Pompidou of Paris, France, and the University of Regina Library in Regina, SK, Canada. Her research, which looks at the history of production and distribution of textile and paper sacks used in agricultural shipping, has been published in the Ephemera Journal of the Ephemera Society of America. She holds an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago, and a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Victor Hammer Fellowship was established in 1998 and honors Victor Hammer, who taught at Wells in the 1940’s. An internationally known and respected printer, book designer, artist and typographer, Hammer is perhaps best known for designing the medieval-looking typeface American Uncial. The two-year Hammer Fellowship brings emerging book artists to Wells to teach, help in the various printing projects of the Book Arts Center, and develop their art.

We are happy to welcome Ms. Buechler to Wells, where she will teach Hand Bookbinding, and a variety of book arts and letterpress courses.

Expedition to Wells

Wells Book Arts Spring Residency 2016

Each year the resources of the Wells Book Arts Center are made available to one resident artist for 1-3 weeks. The goal of the residency is to allow individual artists to extend their practice with the array of materials in the Wells Book Arts Center Collection. The opportunity gives full access for personal work but also a component of the residency contributes back to the Wells Book Arts program.

Our resident artist for 2016 will be Myrna Keliher of Expedition Press. She is a typographer, printer, and publisher hailing from Kingston, WA. Equally inspired by the letterform and the literary, Myrna’s work is rooted in handset type and poetry fragments. We look forward to what she creates during her time at Wells.



Hamilton Wood Type comes to Wells Book Arts Center


From April 3-12 we will have a visiting lecturer on campus hosted by the Wells Book Arts Center as part of the Wells “In Residence” program.

Jim Moran Director of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum – Two Rivers, WI will be here involved in interacting with various student groups, giving public printing demonstrations and lectures as well as assisting in documenting and cataloging the type collection at Wells.

• Monday April 4
Lecture – Stratton 209 – 6pm
Jim Moran – Hamilton: A History in Headlines
Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum Director Jim Moran will give an overview of the collection and the joys and challenges of running this iconic American Museum located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin as part of the Wells “In Residence” visitor series.  The talk is free and open to the public.
• Tuesday April 5
Museum Studies Class guest lecturer
• Wednesday April 6 
Graphic Design Class guest lecturer
• Thursday April 7
Morgan Hall 10am–2pm
Student Open Printing Studio
Drop-In sessions for students, staff and faculty of Wells College. Print with large wood blocks to create bold and colorful posters and one-of-a-kind artworks on our presses.
• Saturday April 9
Morgan Hall 1–5 pm
Community Open Printing Studio
Drop-In sessions for anyone who would like to visit from the wider community. Learn how to create letterpress prints and take home artwork you create in the studio.
• Sunday April 10
Morgan Hall 1-5pm
Open Broadside Printing Workshop
Work with Jim Moran on designing and creating a poetry broadside for the Wells Visiting Writers Series reading on April14th (John Hoppenthaler). Participants will get a copy of the final broadside print.
• Monday April 11
FILM SCREENING with Q&A afterwards
– Zabriskie 106- 7pm
Typeface: A film by Justine Nagan
This acclaimed documentary film presents a view into the letterpress printing scene and the early story of the Hamilton Musuem. Q&A with Jim Moran following the screening.
The film is free and open to the public.

Cayuga Lake Monster Sighted


Cayuga Lake Monster Book Release and Film Screening

Saturday March 5th, 2016 7:00pm
Wells College – Sommer Center (above the Wells Pub)
170 Main Street, Aurora NY, 13026
Admission is Free

For more than 200 years, tales of a giant serpent living in Cayuga Lake have be told and documented. Now, Wells College students studying Book Arts have created the first book that brings together historical information and stories of the legendary serpent named ‘Old Greeny.’

The limited edition book, which took more than a year for students to produce, features letterpress printing, linoleum cut artwork, and a fold-out map of Cayuga Lake. The book also includes reproductions of newspaper articles, plus a “book within a book” which draws the reader deeper into the mystery of the legend.

Preceding the official book launch, a 30-minute film, which was produced in 1987 by a former Aurora resident and now Hollywood filmmaker, Gabe Torres, will be screened.  “The Legend of Firefly Marsh” features scenes of Wells College and the Village of Aurora as it tells the tale of the lake serpent.

In addition to the film screening, special behind-the-scenes footage on the making the film will be presented.  The extra footage describes how Aurora, New York and Well College played a key role in the making of the film.  The filmmaker, Torres, left Aurora for Hollywood, where he continues to have a successful career in film

• The event is free and open to the public.
• Film presentation will last 1 hour.
• Books will be available for sale.
• Snacks may be sea monster themed.

Wells Book Arts Summer Institute Scholarship benefit auction

The week of Feb 13th will feature an online auction of artists books, book and art supplies, rare books, typographic treasures and more. All proceeds will go towards the SI2016 scholarship fund.

We also will gladly accept direct scholarship donations.  If you’d like to contribute directly to the scholarship fund, checks can be made out to Wells Summer Institute, and sent to Wells Book Arts Center, 170 Main St, Aurora NY 13026. 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at

Below are a just a few items that will be included in this fantastic auction!

Auction ended Feb 20th -Thank you all who participated-If you missed out-we will have a part 2 of the Auction announced soon.