07.12.2020

From Reindeer Poop-to-Paper

Chan'nel Vestergaard & Littlepink Maker

This workshop gives you the protocols of how to make paper out of reindeer poop. The digestion system of a reindeer is so effective that its poop contains nothing more than fibers – and some microbes. This is why this material is well suited for paper-making. Let us up the up-cycling economy and complete the human-reindeer-microbe cycle by making use of the ultimate reindeer refuse.

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Reindeer at the Palosaari Reindeer Farm, August 2020. Photo credit: Pia Lindman

Here you can get your Reindeer Poop Paper Making Protocol, the Protocol for Handling Reindeer Poop (some of the microbes in the poop are bad for people) and How to Make a Paper Deckle.

To further understand the inner life of reindeer metabolism, Sauli Laaksonen, the singular reindeer expert and veterinarian in Finland recommends reading this essay that will help us understand the “landscape of the soul of reindeer poop”… a must read, that is!

To participate/follow the workshop, join our discussion group on facebook:

We joined in over Zoom to run the workshop on the 7th, 8th, 9th and 11th of December, 2020.

The reindeer poo was kindly supplied to us by vacuum packaging and mail by Palosaari Reindeer Farm in Kuusamo.

SOME RESULTS OF THE 2020 ZOOM WORKSHOP

Various stages of making reindeer-poop-paper, screen grab from the discussion group. Photo credits: Chan’nel Vestergaard, Lauri Linna, Johanna Rotko, Meri Linna, Saija Kassinen, Mari Keto
Various stages of making reindeer-poop-paper, screen grab from the discussion group. Photo credits: Chan’nel Vestergaard, Lauri Linna, Johanna Rotko, Meri Linna, Saija Kassinen, Mari Keto
Decal with fresh pulp. Photo credit: Pia Lindman
Reindeer-Poop-Paper with Moss Sprinkling. Photo credit: Pia Lindman
Boiled reindeer-poop. Photo credit: Pia Lindman

DETAILED SCHEDULE of the 2020 ZOOM WORKSHOP:

Monday 7th of December, from 18:00 to 20:00 

Intro, Safety instructions, and preparing the deckels

Tuesday 8th of December, from 18:00 to 20:00 (or later if needed)

Making paper mulch (includes old cotton T-shirts, newspapers, and reindeer poop – and additional fibers of your choice). Laying the paper mulch onto the deckels to dry.

Wednesday 9th of December, from 18:00 to 20:00

Making paper mulch (includes old cotton T-shirts, newspapers, and reindeer poop – and additional fibers of your choice). Laying the paper mulch onto the deckels to dry.


Thursday 10th of December, from 18:00 to 20:00

Paper is drying, no workshop

Friday 11th of December, from 18:00 to 20:00

Wrap and review: assess paper. Optional: preparing and mailing papers as xmas cards

To follow others work and report on your own, ask to join the Reindeer Poo-to-Paper Discussion Group on facebook.

Head quarters of “Paliskunnat” (administrative units of reindeerherders and reindeers) in Rovaniemi, Finland

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