Pulp Mobile

Rejin Leys

Pulp Mobile

Pop-up papermaking

PulpMobile is a fully-stocked papermaking workshop on a cart, where neighbors can come together to make beautiful handmade paper by recycling office paper, junk mail, and flyers.

Like many urban communities, neighbors are packed together tightly in Jamaica, but there are few opportunities to interact across ethnic or age groups that don’t center on commercial transactions. By rolling the PulpMobile to a local park or plaza, I can actually meet my neighbors and provide a site where we can all work together, talk with, and help each other. The PulpMobile allows us to creatively reuse urban detritus, while we reimagine what public places are for and who they belong to.

Rejin Leys is a mixed media artist based in New York who has exhibited at such venues as Centro Culturel de Espana, Santo Domingo; Kentler International Drawing Space, NY; Queens Museum, NY; and Les Ateliers J.R. Jerome, PaP, Haiti. Her work is in the collections of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Yale University, and Rutgers University Caribbean Studies Department. In 1995 she was awarded a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.