Bark Rhythms

Bark Rhythms

The Sunday Paper #510

May 26, 2024

We had a lovely week in the studio during the first Papermaking Master Class of 2024. Participants traveled from the Adirondacks, Ohio and Los Angeles, and Shawna Moulton came to assist from Florida. The class is based on my book, The Papermaker’s Companion – we explored equipment and studio set-up; processing and pigmenting pulp; Western and Eastern sheet forming; and a variety of techniques, inlcuding: stenciling, pulp painting, watermarking, internal and external armatures. We also spent a day at Susan Mackin Dolan’s studio, where we learned about her unique methods for creating professional papers without a beater, press or drying system.

I’m holding two sessions this year and will be announcing 2025 session dates in October 2024. Read more and apply here.


Priscilla Robinson’s exhibition, Wondrous World, at Wally Workman Gallery in Austin closes today, but you can still take a virtual tour and hear her talk about the work here. I interviewed Robinson on Paper Talk a few years ago.


Bark Rhythms: Contemporary Innovation and Ancestral Traditions, curated by Jill Powers and Lisa Miles, is currently on view at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking in Atlanta. This exhibit features artists from around the world who are practicing and innovating in the historic traditions of making bark paper and barkcloth. There are several upcoming programs, including virtual lectures, the exhibition opening and a hands-on workshop. Click through to find out more and sign up.


Congratulations to Janna Willoughby-Lohr for winning first place in a nationwide pitch competition. Willoughby-Lohr is a hard-working creative paper entrepreneur who runs Buffalo-based Papercraft Miracles. Watch her talk about the win, and listen to my interview with her on Paper Talk.


If you’re near Santa Fe this summer, check out Origami in the Garden’s larger-than-life sculptures  – originally folded in paper, and transformed into metal.


Paper Tidbits

  • InCahoots Residency offers individual and collaborative residencies to printmakers, book artists, letterpress printers and writers in Sonoma County, CA. Next deadline: June 1.
  • The Jaffe Center for Book Arts in Boca Raton, Florida, is accepting applications for JCBA’s Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program. Artists working in the book arts (and other media, too, as long as the creative project can be thought of as book arts related) are encouraged to apply.


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