The Fiber Wire

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Interview: Whitney Korstange of The Maple Street Paper Company

After graduating with an MFA in printmaking from Arizona State, Whitney Korstange and her sister Hilary purchased a fully equipped, 20-year-old handmade paper mill and moved it from Vermont to … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · 4 Comments

Printmakers and Papermakers

The capstone experience for SUNY-ESF paper undergrads is the paper machine run. The students are given three paper grades with specific requirements like thickness, opacity and brightness. They split into groups mimicking … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

Treasure Box

For four hours every Wednesday afternoon I slip into the calm of the college archives to work with the Thomas M. Cook collection. Thomas graduated from SUNY-ESF in 1935 and … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Considering Printing?

An email showed up in my inbox from a friend who knows I’m studying paper. She said she noticed the following signature on an email she recently received:     Her … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

Cook that Flax!

This semester I enrolled in an introductory pulping and bleaching course. Historically the lab part of the course walked students through the pulping and bleaching sequence using wood chips. Thanks … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · 9 Comments

The Friends of Dard Hunter Conference

Many of you reading this know a thing or two about Dard Hunter, I’m sure. For those of you who are meeting him here, Dard Hunter was a craftsman born … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · 1 Comment