Amanda Degener is co-founder of Hand Papermaking magazine, and she has been co-proprietor, with Bridget O’Malley, of Cave Paper, Inc. since 1994. Degener makes sculpture and artist books using handmade paper in combination with a variety of materials. She travels internationally to show her artwork and conduct lectures and workshops. She received her MFA in sculpture at Yale School of Art and her BA at Bennington College.
Michael Durgin was the guest editor of a special issue of Hand Papermaking (Winter 2014) devoted to China, where he currently lives. He 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. His activities in Beijing include teaching English and selling used books.