Mandy Coppes-Martin is one of the founding members of the Phumani Paper Project (a poverty alleviation programme in South Africa). She has been involved in various outreach and paper-training initiatives in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Germany and Belgium since 1999. Her MA in Fine Art focused on the research and development of local and invasive plant fibres. Mandy is a full-time paper artist based at the Newtown Artist-Run Centre at Assemblage in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Kathryn and Howard Clark founded Twinrocker Handmade Paper in 1971. Their mission was to encourage the revival of hand papermaking in America, and to establish a permanent, low production handmade paper studio in order to supply the highest quality handmade papers from a European tradition. Twinrocker continues to fulfill this mission in Brookston, Indiana.
Simon Blattner lives and works in Sonoma, California. After a long career in the printing, paper, and fine arts industries, Blattner is investing in the occasional real estate transaction and volunteering in non-profit activities. He is President of the Board of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. From 1985 to 1995 he was a papermaker at Magnolia Editions and later founded Eastside Editions, where he made handmade paper and small intaglio editions.
Timothy Barrett is an associate professor in the University of Iowa Center for the Book and the School of Library and Information Science. Barrett serves as director of the UICB where he also oversees the papermaking curriculum, and related production and research programs.
Yousef Ahmad is a prolific contemporary artist born in Qatar, inspired by desert landsapes and Arabic calligraphy. He earned his BA in Fine Arts from Helwan University in Cairo, and his MFA from Mills College in California. Major international galleries and auction houses feature his work, including his most recent paintings on paper made from palm fronds.
Michael Durgin co-founded Hand Papermaking with Amanda Degener in 1986 and served as its editor for 18 years. He was first exposed to making paper by hand in 1980 and has studied and been deeply engaged in papermaking and book arts ever since. For the last few years, he has sold books for charities in Beijing, Silver Spring (Maryland), and Frankfurt (Germany), where he now lives. He was the guest editor of a special issue of Hand Papermaking (Winter 2014) devoted to China.
Mina Takahashi is the editor of Hand Papermaking. Formerly executive director of programs at Dieu Donné Papermill in New York, she directed artist residencies and publishing projects, curated exhibitions, and collaborated with artists in the studio. Trained originally in Japanese papermaking, she teaches and consults on the artistic and craft applications of hand papermaking across the country and internationally.
Michael Fallon is the executive director of Hand Papermaking. After graduating college with degrees in literature and art, Fallon studied books with the artist Buzz Spector and eventually became fascinated enough in them to earn an MFA degree in book arts at the University of Alabama, where he focused on letterpress printing and hand papermaking. In 1998 Fallon moved to Minnesota, where he served as an artist in residence at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and published an article on paper—his first published arts writing—for Hand Papermaking magazine. He eventually wrote for local and national publications such as Public Art Review, Art in America, and American Craft. In 2005, Fallon went back to school to earn a degree in nonprofit arts management and now has more than ten years of experience managing arts and educational nonprofits.
Alta Price runs an editorial and translation consultancy specialized in art, design, and literary texts. She holds a BFA in printmaking and art history from RISD and an MFA in combined media from Hunter College/CUNY. In addition to her studio practice—collage, relief and intaglio prints, watermarked paper—she also provides logistical coordination for print- and book-related research in Europe, including the biennial Legacy of Letters tour.