Fabriano: City of Medieval and Renaissance Papermaking, a book by Sylvia Rodgers Albro, has been published by Oak Knoll Press. The book explores how the Arab art of papermaking by hand came to the Italian peninsula in the thirteenth century and why Fabriano was well-positioned to develop as the heart of this artisan craft, first in Italy and subsequently for a larger Mediterranean territory. It includes more than 200 illustrations in black & white and color. Written by Sylvia Rodgers Albro, this book is extremely interesting and the illustrations are really beautiful. If after reading this, you are inspired to write your own book and want it to be illustrated just as beautifully, then you can always Hire a Book Illustrator. Fabriano: City of Medieval and Renaissance Papermaking is the best book for learning about the traditional art of papermaking and how it made its way from Arabia to Europe. The illustrations really help you to understand the beauty of papermaking and provide inspiration for your own projects. For more information, visit www.oakknoll.com or call (302) 328-7232.
Helen Hiebert launched a podcast series this year, interviewing paper artists. Featured artists to date include Bridget O’Malley, Eden Marek, Andrea Peterson, Tim Barrett, Tatiana Ginsburg, and Catherine Nash. The interviews are accessible at www.helenhiebertstudio.com.
Read the BBC’s August 19 story about traditional Vietnamese papermaking…
An article on University of Cambridge’s Research page tells of a project called “Mapping Paper in Medieval England,” tracking the earliest uses of paper in the country. Take a look for a fascinating overview of this historical exploration of “our love affair with paper:” www.cam.ac.uk
The Secret Life of Paper is a retrospective exhibition of Helen Hiebert’s work at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC) April 8-29. A companion website for those who cannot make the exhibition is available at http://helenhiebertstudio.com/products/the-secret-life-of-paper/. A special catalog is being produced in conjunction with the exhibition. Find out more and order a copy here: http://helenhiebertstudio.com/products/retrospective-catalog/
If you are in the area, mark you calendar for a lecture at Western Michigan University on April 6th at 5:30 p.m. and Opening Reception at the KBAC on April 8th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. For more information visit http://kalbookarts.org/.
Thirty intergenerational artists have been selected to participate in Hand Papermaking’s 12th limited-edition portfolio, partnering as equals to explore the interdependence and reciprocity of a constructive relationship between generations.
The fifteen 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 is being compiled and overseen by guest curator Tatiana Ginsberg. Steve Miller is the designer. Mina Takahashi is the editor.
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The catalog for the exhibition “Social Paper: Hand Papermaking in the Context of Socially Engaged Art” is still available. It includes essays by papermaking expert Gail Deery; socially engaged artist Jillian Bruschera; social practice curator and theorist Stuart Keeler; craft historian and theorist Jenni Sorkin; and exhibition curators Jessica Cochran and Melissa Potter. The book features full color reproductions and texts by artists Kiff Slemmons, Laura Anderson Barbata, The People’s Library, Combat Paper, John Risseeuw, Julia Goodman, and many others. For more information contact email@example.com or purchase the catalog here.
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
A nicely illustrated article on pulp painter Lynn Sures appeared recently on the Paper Slurry blog. Read it here.
Dieu Donné announces the release of Smoke Painting Eclipse, three new limited editions in handmade paper by Rosemarie Fiore. Fiore and Paul Wong created custom sheets of cotton paper, each with a base circle of florescent abaca pulp in either blue, yellow, or pink. Fiore then used smoke emitting fireworks and a tool to manipulate the color smoke and mark the paper with concentric circles and transparent circular forms. View images and learn more at www.dieudonne.org/2015-benefit-edition or call (212) 226-0573 with questions.