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Pulping and Refining

Pulping and refining are two papermaking processes that affect the mechanical properties of the finished product. This video gives an overview of the topic.

November 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Shut-Down Paper Making

Early this year I was accepted into the artist collective at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. March 1st came, I paid my dues and got excited to have 24/7 … Continue reading

May 21, 2020 · 6 Comments

JOIN IN: 2019 PAPER SWATCH SWAP!

Do you make handmade paper? Would you like to participate in a swatch swap with papermakers from around the globe? Here is a great opportunity! Sign up to particpate by … Continue reading

August 29, 2019 · 1 Comment

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

October 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

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

September 24, 2016 · 6 Comments

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 · 3 Comments

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