Art historian Aytekin Vural is curator of the new Ibrahim Müteferrika Paper Museum in the coastal resort of Yalova, south of Istanbul, Turkey.
Lynn Sures is Professor of Fine Arts at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC. Her pulp paintings, prints, and sculptural paperworks have been written about in Art in America, Fiberarts, and Hand Papermaking; her artist books appear in Penland Book of Handmade Books and 500 Artist Books. She has traveled within the US and to Italy, Japan, Australia, Sri Lanka, and Turkey to exhibit, lecture, and offer workshops on hand papermaking.
Vicky Sigwald worked for Fred Siegenthaler at his papermill in Switzerland, where she was formally trained in production hand papermaking. With her husband she established El Molino del Manzano, a hand papermill in Buenos Aires. She has travelled widely, teaching, learning, exhibiting her paper works, conducting research on the Tururi paper in the Amazons, authoring three books and dozens of articles on handmade paper, and working to promote the use of paper and pulp as an art medium.
Victoria Rabal is the director of the Paper Mill Museum of Capellades in Spain, and a founding member of the International Association of Papermakers and Artists. An artist and master papermaker, she has organized paper workshops at the museum since 1984, and she has led workshops in hand papermaking at several universities and cultural centers in Spain, Japan, Ecuador, Brazil and U.S.A.
Brian Queen lives in Calgary and has been making paper by hand for 20 years. He specializes in creating light and shade watermarks, and building papermaking equipment; but his interests span the book arts, including letterpress printing, and the impact of new technologies. In his day job Brian owns and operates Sensa-Light, a company that manufactures custom architectural lighting for offices, hotels, and restaurants.
Giorgio Pellegrini is director of the Museo della Carta e della Filigrana (Museum of Paper and Watermarks) in Fabriano, Italy, now celebrating 750 years of western papermaking. Fabriano is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
Bob Matthysen is a Belgian papermaker and artist. For almost 30 years he has lived and worked daily with handmade paper in his well-equipped studio (three hollanders and large vacuum table). Bob helped jury the past four “Dutch Papierbiennales” in Rijswijk. He travels often, meeting papermakers, and studying innovative techniques.
Beatrix Mapalagama studied Western painting in Austria, Chinese brush-painting in China, and sculpture in Egypt, before getting involved in the field of paper. She maintains PapierWespe, a papermaking and paper art studio in Vienna, Austria, where she organizes an annual program of lectures, workshops, and exhibitions.
Italian artist Roberto Mannino works in sculpture, relief, printmaking, and installation. He often uses the papermaking process to converge various disciplines. Mannino started working in handmade paper in 1995. As an art educator, he has taught at various US colleges (Cornell, Temple, Loyola, RISD) and in Rome where he lives. He has taught workshops on 3D and relief papermaking in the US (Dieu Donné, Cooper Union, MICA, Pyramid Atlantic) and at various institutions throughout Europe.
Carolina Larrea, a papermaker and paper artist since 1994, is head of the papermaking and bookbinding program at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Arts. She teaches paper as a medium of expression as well as artists book classes, and she is helped to create the first papermaking and bookbinding program in Chile. Her work is exhibited internationally.