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/.
In this time of necessary societal transformation, we recognize that Hand Papermaking has been operating within a culture that perpetuates social inequities. We are resolved in taking concrete steps so we may fulfill our role as the journal of record that truly reflects the full breadth of work in our field. In solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, Hand Papermaking is launching the Hand Papermaking Black Writers Fellowships, an evolving program that currently offers two opportunities for Black writers: Reporter and Researcher.
Deadline: September 28, 2020
The Black Writers Fellowship: Reporter is an opportunity for a Black writer to engage with “Celebrating #BlackPapermakers,” Hand Papermaking’s curated series, featured on our social-media channels, to uplift and center Black artists and papermakers. The Reporter will write an original profile on an artist of their choice who has been featured in “Celebrating #BlackPapermakers.” Applicants may also propose a Black papermaker who has not yet been featured in our curated series; if selected, Hand Papermaking will work with the Reporter and the proposed Black papermaker to feature their work on our social-media channels. The profile will be short-form and eligible for publication in Hand Papermaking magazine, Summer 2021 issue. Priority will be given to proposals that are framed through the lens of oral history, the theme of the Summer 2021 issue. The Reporter will receive a $300 award and a research stipend of up to $150 for expenses incurred.
For more information about the The Black Writers Fellowship: Reporter — including eligibility and submission requirements, deadlines, selection and notification processes, and Fellowship timeline, click here to download a full Fellowship RFP.
Deadline: October 19, 2020
The Black Writers Fellowship: Researcher is a research-based opportunity for a Black writer that will result in the publication of an original article in Hand Papermaking magazine. The applicant’s proposal must be related to the field of hand papermaking and indicate an ongoing investment in research and inquiry in the field. The article will be long-form and eligible for publication in Hand Papermaking magazine, Winter 2021 issue. The Researcher will receive a $1,000 award and a fellowship stipend of up to $1,000 for expenses incurred, including but not limited to research travel, resources, transcription or translation services, site visits, free attendance to a field-related conference, workshop attendance, and other professional development opportunities.
For more information about the The Black Writers Fellowship: Reporter — including eligibility and submission requirements, deadlines, selection and notification processes, Fellowship timeline, and an invitation to attend a virtual Fellowship FAQ session on Monday, October 5 (at 7pm ET), click here to download a full Fellowship RFP.
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.