Dieu Donné is a 8,000 square foot hand papermaking studio, gallery, and archive located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Visual artists work in collaboration with highly skilled artistic staff to create both unique and editioned two- and three-dimensional works.
Exclusive Studio Rentals
Artists are able to rent our fully equipped paper making studio and work in collaboration with a skilled artistic collaborator. The following is a description of rental levels and pricing. Please contact Dieu Donné studio staff for further information and to plan a studio rental. Studio hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am — 5:00pm.
Artists work in collaboration with one or more artistic collaborators in the creation of works of art in handmade paper.
During these rentals, the studio is dedicated to the artist and collaborator(s). A conversation between the artist and collaborator will take place in advance of the rental and allow the collaborator to prepare the necessary paper making materials for the project.
The rental fee includes standard material preparation as well as standard drying and curating services after the rental. However, some projects may incur additional costs due to materials and time involved in preparation or post-drying work.
Full day exclusive studio rental with one Studio Collaborator $2,000*
Note: Artists working at large scale (30'' x 40'' inches and above) may require an additional Studio Collaborator, available for $500 per day, or outside studio staff.
* Additional consecutive days will be discounted by $200 per day.
* 50% deposit secures your date(s)
Custom Paper & Materials
The studio is not accepting custom orders at this time.
Dieu Donné produces custom paper and materials for a variety of applications, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photographic and digital prints, and more. The studio produces handmade papers with museum archival standards, which can be modified for an artist's specific needs.
Custom paper is created at Dieu Donné using a variety of traditional fiber sources - such as cotton, linen, abaca, and raw flax - or select alternative fibers. Our paper can range from thick, heavy-weight sheets to translucent, ethereal skins and numerous other possibilities.
The minimum amount to place an order is $500; cost per sheet varies depending on fiber content, weight, colorants used, and finishing (surface quality).
Standard sizes range from 11” x 14” up to 40” x 60” and can also be customized for an additional fee. We have the capacity to produce 7' x 10' air-dried sheets of paper in a limited range of fibers. Pricing starts at $2,450.
Each order is discussed on an individual basis with a papermaker for a quote. Once the specifics of the order have been arrived at, a 50% deposit places the order, and an estimated timeline is provided.
Dieu Donné does not stock an inventory of paper, but offers overruns from custom orders at a discount priced per sheet. Selection and quantities vary, contact us for more details and availability.
Dieu Donné offers unique opportunities to produce individual works and editions. Please contact us if you have a project in mind.
Artists may book one-on-one consultations with one of the master papermakers to focus on a papermaking process of their choosing, including casting, watermarking, pulp painting and more. This may include looking at samples from Dieu Donné's extensive archive together, hands-on demonstrations, and working through specific project-based technical questions. Consultations can act as a personalized supplement to our regular adult education classes, a precursor to working at Dieu Donné for a full studio rental day, or gaining knowledge to complete the work in one's own studios. The cost is $150 per hour with a one hour minimum.