Hand papermaking is certainly a strange duck. It’s simultaneously a tradition that is thousands of years old, yet artists today are just at the beginning of expanding creative papermaking techniques, and combining the medium with other art processes.
Well, who’s out there preserving tradition AND driving experimentation? A must-know organization is the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation, located in Cleveland, Ohio.
Hold onto your seats, because we’re going on a virtual studio tour!
Hand papermaking’s tactile, experimental nature lends itself to applications in a variety of settings. The possibilities are seemingly infinite with potential for sculpture, wet media, book arts, and drawing (just to name a few).
At Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, art therapy students are sharing papermaking with the community through their outreach programs. Click through for the full story!
It’s rare to meet a hand papermaker in daily interactions, but perhaps not so rare in Lincoln, Nebraska where Porridge Papers makes its home.
Part paper mill, part letterpress studio, Porridge Papers is the brainchild of founder and owner Christopher James. What do they do? For 20 years, they’ve been in the business of making handmade paper from 100% waste paper scrap.