In celebration of our outgoing executive director, we hope you enjoy this video tribute to Tom Bannister.
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.
Volume 32, Number 1 marks Hand Papermaking’s commitment to printing the magazine in full color going forward! In this issue, we look at the use of paper as cloth and fabric. In addition to technical discussions of how paper has been used in the production of textiles, we hear from makers about the aesthetic, symbolic, and working properties of paper that make it a compelling material for weft and warp.
Carolina Larrea outlines her practice of shifu-making as an active woven meditation.
Velma Bolyard shares powerful testimonials on shifu’s capacity to facilitate healing, accompanied by a sample of her North Country shifu.
Mandy Coppes-Martin recounts her travels with two other paper artists working with paper thread, Atsuko Yamagata and Asao Shimura.
Steph Rue introduces us to the extraordinary paper weavings of Emiko Nakano.
Aimee Lee offers her thoughts on transforming paper into textile.
Dorothy Field tells us about Kim Kyung’s unique collection of Korean objects made using paper-textile techniques.
Steeve Buckridge brings forth new scholarship into Jamaica’s early-colonial lace-bark-cloth production.
Erica Spitzer Rasmussen writes about her remarkable paper garments.
Andrea Peterson interviews Melanie Teresa Bohrer on her performative art practice with paper as shroud.
Michael Gill speaks with Julie McLaughlin about her artwork in kimono form.
Julie Poitras Santos describes Katarina Weslien’s art project “Walking Kailash,” alongside a momigami sample made by Andrea Peterson.
Jordana Munk Martin writes about large-scale paper tapestries by Nancy Cohen.
And we hear from Anke Neumann about her beguiling jewelry made of paper and light.
In 2016 Hand Papermaking celebrated its 30th anniversary. Throughout the year, 15 collaborations were underway in studios worldwide. Established paper artists who were active in the field around the time Hand Papermaking was founded were invited to team up with emerging paper artists (generally 30 and younger) who were born around the time Hand Papermaking was founded. These 30 individuals partnered as equals to explore the interdependence and reciprocity of a constructive relationship between generations.
Our intergenerational experiment consciously de-emphasized didactic mentor/student dynamics in favor of a creative melding of unique and vital perspectives in contemporary paper. The finished paperworks convey the spirit of youthful energy interacting on equal footing with the wisdom of experience. Each pair of artists determined how to express these concepts visually through their work in paper.
The 15 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 was compiled and overseen by guest curator Tatiana Ginsberg. Steve Miller is the designer. Mina Takahashi is the editor.
This project is the 12th in Hand Papermaking’s series of portfolios. Each focuses on a different aspect of the use of handmade paper. The series documents and preserves contemporary examples of distinctive handmade papers and also raises funds for the organization. Previous portfolios featured decorated papers, letterpress printing, papers from Nepal, photography, watermarks, printmaking, pulp painting, calligraphy, paper engineering, exposed fiber, and negative space.