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.
Amanda Degener is co-founder of Hand Papermaking magazine and produces sculpture and artist books using handmade paper and various other materials at Cave Paper Editions. She received an MFA in sculpture at Yale School of Art and a BA at Bennington College. Amanda travels internationally to show her artwork and conduct lectures and workshops. You can learn more about her work at http://amandadegener.com/.
Art historian Aytekin Vural is curator of the new Ibrahim Müteferrika Paper Museum in the coastal resort of Yalova, south of Istanbul, Turkey.
Beatrix Mapalagama studied Western painting in Austria, Chinese brush-painting in China, and sculpture in Egypt, before getting involved in the field of paper. She maintains PapierWespe, a papermaking and paper art studio in Vienna, Austria, where she organizes an annual program of lectures, workshops, and exhibitions.
Thank you to everyone who attended this special online Zoom event to celebrate the publication of the Paper in Performance (Summer 2020) issue of Hand Papermaking magazine. If you missed it, never fear — you can watch a video of the event on Vimeo. You may also want to check out this video on Asia Society’s website of the full-length 2016 performance of Recycling: washi tales.
“Theater is the ideal place to show the beauty and variety of washi (Japanese paper),” states Japanese paper artist Kyoko Ibe, who will join us online from Kyoto, Japan, along with theater director Elise Thoron, to share clips of their stunning performance piece Recycling: washi tales, and behind-the-scenes video footage for a closer look at their set design and production methods. In a moderated discussion with Hand Papermaking magazine editor Mina Takahashi, Ibe and Thoron will discuss why they centered their production on washi culture and Japanese papermaking, and how they harnessed the aesthetic and working properties of washi to create their evocative performance piece. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Hand Papermaking board member Jazmine Catusus will be our host; this event is free and open to the public with advance registration.
Japanese paper artist Kyoko Ibe is a pioneer in using washi and traditional papermaking techniques to create fine art and contemporary design. Elise Thoron is a playwright, director, and translator, who works cross-culturally within the US and abroad. Together they wrote and produced Recycling: washi tales, which has been presented at numerous arts centers including New York Asia Society and Los Angeles County Museum. A performance still from Recycling: washi tales is featured on the cover of the recently published issue of Hand Papermaking (vol. 35, no. 1; Summer 2020), which includes an interview by Elise Thoron with Kyoko Ibe titled “Between Eye and Light.”
Click these links to download pdf copies of “Between Eye and Light: An Interview with Kyoko Ibe” by Elise Thoron (from the Summer 2020 issue of Hand Papermaking) and “The Long Life of Echizen Washi” by Claire Cuccio (from the Summer 2014 issue of Hand Papermaking).
Bob Matthysen is a Belgian papermaker and artist. For almost 30 years he has lived and worked daily with handmade paper in his well-equipped studio (three hollanders and large vacuum table). Bob helped jury the past four “Dutch Papierbiennales” in Rijswijk. He travels often, meeting papermakers, and studying innovative techniques.
Brian Queen lives in Calgary and has been making paper by hand for 20 years. He specializes in creating light and shade watermarks, and building papermaking equipment; but his interests span the book arts, including letterpress printing, and the impact of new technologies. In his day job Brian owns and operates Sensa-Light, a company that manufactures custom architectural lighting for offices, hotels, and restaurants.
Carolina Larrea, a papermaker and paper artist since 1994, is head of the papermaking and bookbinding program at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Arts. She teaches paper as a medium of expression as well as artists book classes, and she is helped to create the first papermaking and bookbinding program in Chile. Her work is exhibited internationally.
Colin Browne is a book artist from Southern California, who earned an MFA degree in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Colin teaches art and operates Tarbeaux Press, specializing in hand made paper and limited edition printing. In addition, he locally represents the largest non-profit tissue bank in the U.S, supplying bone grafting and tissue to physicians.