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Project Recap – Hand Papermaking Journal Portfolio #12

A curated collection of pieces from artists working in pulp painting was the first Hand Papermaking Journal portfolio I sat with in person.  It was Hand Papermaking Journal Portfolio #7, it was at … Continue reading

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3 Formation Facts & 3 Ways to Better Yours

  Formation describes how uniformly the fibers and other solid components of a paper furnish are distributed in the finished sheet and is massively important! Good formation results in desired outcomes … Continue reading

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Natural Dyes and Papermaking

These natural dye experiments started with standing in line at the store, my cart overflowing with stainless steel pots, the woman behind me chuckling, “Looks like someone’s doing some cooking!” … Continue reading

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The Future of the Craft

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot … Continue reading

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Instagram Scrapbook

Hello – it’s me! This year has been a year of travel and figuring things out and I’ve been wondering – how to get back into the blogging that I’ve … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Three P’s: Porosity, Permeability and Permeance

All space is space in which to create. Eric Maisel I discovered an invisible empire of the air. Lee de Forest Think about a sheet of paper and you might … Continue reading

April 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

Photo Album: Hello, Paperworld.

Hello, Paperworld. How ya doing? It’s been a long time. Eight months and some change. . . And I’ve missed you! Reasons for my prolonged absence? The start of a new … Continue reading

March 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Size it Up – Internal Sizing Chemicals

Why Use Sizing? Sizings used in papermaking reduce water absorption into the fibers. Internal sizing treatments act on the outside of fibers. Consider paper towels, the main use being to wipe up spills and messes. … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Interview and Article: Silvia Turbiner – Visual Artist

Some of you might remember the interview I posted a year ago when I was working in Buenos Aires. In the first week of my apprenticeship my mentor, Alejandro Geiler, told … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rare Book School Wrap Up

I just got home from my paper geek-out week at the Rare Book School, at the University of Virginia. Two of the afternoon sessions consisted of a special collection showcase … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 4 Comments

3 Paper Headlines From Twitterland

Here are three stories for you – paper inspired going-ons from Twitterland this week. Click the tweets to follow the links. 1) PACKAGING INNOVATION ENCOURAGES DRIVE THROUGH BIKING This article is about … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Late Night Schoolin’ – Rare Book Style

Just fell into bed with my computer; it’s the end of day two at the Rare Book School (RBS) in hot and humid Charlottesville, VA. I’m here taking a course in … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · 3 Comments

I Recycled – Now What? Why We Do It. Why It Matters.

The next time you get an ‘F’ on an exam, don’t be bummed out – you can help a tree out! This Spring Semester, the last semester of my graduate … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Three Papery Updates

Hello, dear readers! Wrapping up my graduate degree has been an incredible time suck with incredible rewards. I’m back now, and to start I will give a few updates about what’s … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 3 Comments

Sping 2015: Fiber Art Now Article

Presenting my very first feature article, published in the magazine Fiber Art Now! I had the pleasure of interviewing Su Blackwell, Jennifer Collier and Pippa Andrews about their work with … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · 2 Comments