In 2016 Hand Papermaking celebrated its 30th anniversary. Throughout the year, 15 collaborations were underway in studios worldwide. Established paper artists who were active in the field around the time Hand Papermaking was founded were invited to team up with emerging paper artists (generally 30 and younger) who were born around the time Hand Papermaking was founded. These 30 individuals partnered as equals to explore the interdependence and reciprocity of a constructive relationship between generations.
Our intergenerational experiment consciously de-emphasized didactic mentor/student dynamics in favor of a creative melding of unique and vital perspectives in contemporary paper. The finished paperworks convey the spirit of youthful energy interacting on equal footing with the wisdom of experience. Each pair of artists determined how to express these concepts visually through their work in paper.
The 15 collaborative teams are Tom Balbo & May Babcock, Velma Bolyard & Genevieve Lapp, Melissa Jay Craig & Katharine Delamater, Michael Durgin & Yang Changhe, Sue Gosin & Lara Henderson, Joan Hall & Sarah Rose Lejeune, Mary Hark & Ibrahim Mahama, Tana Kellner & Emily Chaplain, Tom Leech & Lindsey Fromm, Julie McLaughlin & Johan Solberg, Catherine Nash & Radha Pandey, Peter Sowiski & Flora Shum, Peter Thomas & Jillian Bruschera, Bernie Vinzani & Emma Sovich, Gibby Waitzkin & Jennaway Pearson.
This latest addition to Hand Papermaking’s series of distinctive portfolios was compiled and overseen by guest curator Tatiana Ginsberg. Steve Miller is the designer. Mina Takahashi is the editor.
This project is the 12th in Hand Papermaking’s series of portfolios. Each focuses on a different aspect of the use of handmade paper. The series documents and preserves contemporary examples of distinctive handmade papers and also raises funds for the organization. Previous portfolios featured decorated papers, letterpress printing, papers from Nepal, photography, watermarks, printmaking, pulp painting, calligraphy, paper engineering, exposed fiber, and negative space.