In honor of our recently retired executive director, the HAND PAPERMAKING Board of Directors has proclaimed that Friday, May 5, 2017 is International Tom Bannister Day.
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. For more information, visit www.oakknoll.com or call (302) 328-7232.
After an extensive national search, Michael Fallon of Minneapolis, Minnesota has been selected as the new executive director of Hand Papermaking, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and advancing traditional and contemporary ideas and practices in the art of hand papermaking. The organization was founded in 1986 by Amanda Degener and Michael Durgin and since 1995 has been under the leadership of Tom Bannister who recently announced his retirement.
“We are excited that Michael Fallon will be leading our organization as our new executive director,” said board chair Susan Mackin Dolan, who headed up the search committee. “With more than 10 years in nonprofit-management experience and an extensive background in arts, writing, and publishing, Michael is uniquely qualified to take over the leadership at this moment in our organization’s 30-plus-year history.”
Artist books, handmade paper, and the stories contained therein have been the through-line to Michael Fallon’s career. After graduating college with degrees in literature and art, Fallon studied with Buzz Spector and eventually earned an MFA degree in book arts at the University of Alabama, studying letterpress printing and papermaking with Steve Miller and publishing a rare edition of Kurt Vonnegut’s work. In 1998 Fallon moved to Minnesota, where he served as an artist in residence at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and befriended renowned book and paper artists Amanda Degener, Bridget O’Malley, Mary Hark, Chip Schilling, Jana Pullman, and many others. Growing interested in writing about art and craft, after publishing his first article in—of all places—Hand Papermaking magazine, Fallon eventually wrote for local and national publications such as Public Art Review, Art in America, and American Craft. In 2005 Fallon went back to school to earn a degree in nonprofit arts management. After more than ten years now of managing arts and educational nonprofits, Fallon has developed strong supervisory, financial, strategic leadership, marketing, and fundraising skills that he will put to use in sustaining Hand Papermaking, Inc. through the next 30 years of its existence.
“What most excites me about coming to work for Hand Papermaking,” Fallon said recently, “is it feels like I’m making a full-circle trip back to my roots—as book artist, papermaker, arts writer, and publisher. I am eager to use the skills and experiences I have picked up along the way in nonprofit management and community organizing to give something back to the organization that played a key role in the early development of my career.”
For over 30 years, Hand Papermaking, Inc. has explored and chronicled the art of making paper by hand—through its biannual magazine, quarterly newsletter, limited-edition portfolios, and online platforms—featuring traditional and modern practices worldwide, curating and presenting the best of the field, inspiring the ongoing revival of the craft, and facilitating the emergence of handmade paper as a vibrant contemporary art medium.
Our thoughts are with the incredible paper maker and artist Bridget O’Malley as she recovers from spinal surgery. Please consider supporting her through her recovery via the GoFundMe page set up by Bridget’s Cave Paper Co-Founder and Hand Papermaking, Inc. Co-Founder Amanda Degener. Details at GoFundMe.com/bridget-omalleys-medical-bills.
Enjoy the gift of giving!
Give a gift subscription of our award-winning magazine and newsletter before December 31 and YOU will receive Helen Hiebert’s Twelve Months of Paper, a beautiful combination how-to book and 2017 calendar (a $30 value). Order here.
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Several original, signed, numbered volumes by Dard Hunter: “Paper Making In Siam,” “Papermaking By Hand In India,” “Chinese Ceremonial Paper,” and “A Papermaking Pilgrimage to Japan, Korea and China.” All in excellent condition. Also Baker’s “By His Own Labor,” leather bound, mint (and same, cloth bound). Also Hunter’s “Papermaking Through Eighteen Centuries” published by Rudge, 1930. Request more info, or express interest by contacting Woody Rice, email@example.com, (302) 571-8381.
A video of Alexandra Soteriou’s lecture about Indo-Islamic papermaking heritage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is viewable online. Visit www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/lectures/indo-islamic-papermaking-heritage to experience this July 13, 2015 event.
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…
Danielle Myers’ Petrichorpaper is moving to the countryside and will be offering artist residencies starting in Summer 2017. See all the details and help support the project at