Paper Talk is an ongoing series of interviews by Helen Hiebert featuring artists and professionals who are working in the field of hand papermaking.

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Mina Takahashi


Mina Takahashi is Editor of Hand Papermaking magazine, a non-profit biannual publication chronicling the finest work in the field while advancing the scholarship and facilitating the production of handmade paper and paper art. She is a member of the board of directors of Dieu Donné Papermill, New York, where she served as executive director from 1990 to 2004. Trained originally in Japanese papermaking, she teaches and consults on the artistic and craft applications of hand papermaking across the country and internationally. Takahashi is currently co-curating an exhibition with Susan Gosin, titled Paper/Print: American Hand Papermaking, 1960s to Today, the first comprehensive retrospective tracing the development of hand papermaking as an outgrowth of the printmaking renaissance. The exhibition, accompanied by an illustrated publication, will be presented at the International Print Center New York, April 5 through June 14, 2018. Takahashi lives in upstate New York, where she is a working member of BUSHEL Collective in the town of Delhi.

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Susan Gosin


Susan Gosin received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1976, she co-founded Dieu Donne Press and Paper, Inc. in New York City. As President of Dieu Donne Press she collaborates with international artists and writers such as William Kentridge and Wislawa Szymborska. She also serves as Co-Chair on the Board of Directors of Dieu Donne Papermill, Inc.

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Priscilla Robinson

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Priscilla Robinson is an artist who divides her time between studios in Austin, Texas and Taos, New Mexico. In the early 1980’s she began working with handmade paper, when she was exhibiting abstract paintings in Santa Fe. Her work has been shown internationally, she exhibits regularly in national and international galleries and she has created commissions for Boston University, Chevron, Vanderbilt University, and Kaiser Permanente to name a few.

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Beck Whitehead


Beck Whitehead is a San Antonio artist who served as Chair of Papermaking and Book Arts at the Southwest School of Art until 2016. In addition she has taught workshops in papermaking around the country and in Canada.

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Shawn Sheehy


Shawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level since 2001. His broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by numerous prestigious institutions, including Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. Sheehy’s trade pop-up book Welcome to the Neighborwood (a mass-market version of his artist book) was released in 2015, winning numerous awards. He’s currently at work on his next trade book—a mass-market version of his artist book Beyond the Sixth Extinction—and it will be released through Candlewick in Autumn 2018. He holds an MFA in the Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago.

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Jenn Woodward

Jenn Fruits of the Sun Exhibition

Jennifer J. Woodward is an artist and small business owner living and working in Portland, OR. With a background focused on mixed media installation, drawing and papermaking, Jenn is currently exploring the relationship between local and sustainable materials and the themes of empathy, identity and mindfulness in her art practice.

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Jenny Pinto

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From being a TV commercial producer and director in bombay, Jenny Pinto moved to bangalore 20 years ago where she now lives and has a studio where she and her team make paper from banana and lokta fibres. She also designs and produces a range of lights from both paper and papercrete. Her interest in sustainable materials and practices urges her to keep exploring.

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Oblation Papers & Press

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Oblation Papers & Press is an urban paper mill, letterpress print shop, hand-bindery and fine paper boutique. Our in-house team of designers releases roughly 30 new items annually, inspired by music, quirky conversation, toys, textiles, travel, food, architecture, literature and historical objects.

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Ray Tomasso

Ray Tomasso

Ray Tomasso lives in Colorado where he works as a professional fine artist exhibiting and appearing in corporate, public and private collections internationally.

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Michelle Wilson

Michelle Wilson for HH

Michelle Wilson is a printmaker, papermaking, book, installation, and social practice artist. Her practice includes frequent collaborations with other artists, in particular her ongoing projects Book Bombs (with Mary Tasillo) and the Rhinoceros Project (with Anne Beck). Wilson currently teaches printmaking at San Jose State University and Stanford University.

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