A new stamp just issued by the US Postal Service features quilled paper artwork by Yulia Brodskaya. The Winter 2005 issue of Hand Papermaking elaborated on paper filigree (another name for quilling) with an amazing filigree portrait on the front cover. The process involves rolling and shaping narrow strips of paper, laying them on their edges, and gluing them in place to form intricate designs. The origin of the name “quilling” is obscure, but it might have come from the first tool used to create the paper curls, the base of a feather or quill.
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Helen Hiebert is a Colorado artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films and artist books using handmade paper, thread and light. She teaches and lectures about papermaking and lampmaking and exhibits her work internationally. She is author of the books Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker’s Companion, Paper Illuminated, Playing With Paper, and Playing With Pop-Ups. Helen has an extensive network of paper colleagues around the world and her interest in how things are made (from paper) keeps her up-to-date on current paper trends, which she writes about in her weekly blog called The Sunday Paper. Helen’s most recent installation, The Wish, is a giant dandelion sculpture at Anythink Huron Street Library in Denver. She holds an annual paper retreat in her Red Cliff studio each September.
Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she was a recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship. She has studied Western and Asian Papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett and teaches book arts classes in India and the US. Her artist bookwork has been exhibited in the US and abroad. Her interest in the history of papermaking led her to research creating stop-motion animations using watermarks, and she is currently working on such a project in collaboration with artist Brian Queen.
Therese Hofmann is a professor of fine art at the University of Brasilia in Brazil.
Watch the first 9 minutes of this PBS production to learn about hanji (Korean handmade paper) and hanji ducks! See it HERE.
Aimee Lee explains Korea’s time honored tradition of wishing newlyweds prosperity, wealth, and happiness with gifts of ducks. Lee’s handmade paper ducks are featured. Tom Balbo also talks about the Morgan Conservatory’s hanji program, including fiber gardens.
Hand Papermaking’s 2015 gift to donors, and the talented team of papermakers and book artists who produced it, got some good press in the Farmville Herald. Read all about it at
Volume 31, Number 1: In our thirtieth-anniversary issue, we look to the future of the field, presenting the next generation—papermakers and paper artists under 30. The tongue-in-cheek theme is from the 1960s Free Speech Movement: “Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30!”
Lynn Sures chronicles the 17-year history of the National Collegiate Handmade Paper Triennial.
Melissa Potter tracks the emergence and current practice of hand papermaking as a socially engaged art medium.
Jillian Bruschera discusses her mobile papermaking practice, accompanied by a paper sample that reflects her creative ethos.
Aimee Lee profiles three young papermakers who impress: Kelsey Pike, May Babcock, and Radha Pandey.
From Argentina, Martín Touzón describes his art project Media Hoja.
Roberto Mannino interviews Italian papermaker Lorenzo Santoni who has set up shop in Fabriano.
Steven Kostell asks two young papermakers—Megan Diddie and David Anaya—to tell us about their use of papermaking as a way to approach systems thinking.
Pranav Gajjar outlines the beginnings and current activities of Clay Club, an innovative hub of design and fabrication based in Ahmedabad, India.
Margaret Mahan recounts worldwide travels with her socially engaged art projects, Peace Paper and Panty Pulping.
James Kleiner contributes an essay and a paper sample that reflect his technical and artistic experimentations in hand papermaking.
Anna Tararova captures stories of invisible landscapes in her handmade paper art, and Yang Changhe explains why she chooses paper for her contemplative, ethereal artwork.
Toscalano 1381 in Toscolano Maderno, Papermill Valley, Brescia, Italy is starting a course to train young paper masters in historic local handmade paper production techniques. Please write to email@example.com for more information.
A nicely illustrated article on pulp painter Lynn Sures appeared recently on the Paper Slurry blog. Read it here.