papermaking: rooftop garden

Location: SUNY New Paltz. Status: created and implemented by Sheila Goloborotko and Jill Parisi, Fall 2013. Ongoing.

Students grow plants known to produce papermaking fibers, as well as experimental plants including native and gathered invasive species. In their rooftop-garden research, students test plants for their strength, coloring capacities, and production. Since paper has been historically a fundamental substrate to printmaking, the goal of this research is to make the entire practice, from planting to processing, become integral to our education and research program at the school—from seed to sheet, from pigment to inks.