End of an Era: the Papermakers of Camas

End of an Era: the Papermakers of Camas

25 Days of PaperDay 17; The Sunday Paper #187

December 17, 2017

Paper of the Week: A 134-year old Paper Mill in Washington State

Check this out! Camas Washington’s High School mascot is called the Mean Machine, an animated paper roll machine that’s a nod to the town’s paper making history. The road that runs by the High School is Papermaker’s Way. In November, the company Georgia-Pacific announced it would be closing most of the mill’s paper and pulp production early next year. This is an interesting article about how this town has grown and changed with the times, bringing in other means of economy in the face of this industry dying out.


In the Studio:

Believe it or not, I designed this logo over 25 years ago and am finally trying it out as a watermark!


Have you seen The Last Jedi? I’m not a big Star Wars fan, but I have some family members who are going to see it. I do have to admit that this snowflake is pretty clever! Oh and BTW, did anyone else see a giant Imperial Walker in their local Walmart? It was there one day and gone the next!

I’ve written about the organization Paper for Water before… and this is such a wonderful story for the season on so many levels! Two sisters from Dallas, Isabelle and Katherine Adams, started their company when they were just 8 and 5 years old when they learned that girls in third world countries often did not go to school because they were hauling water all day, and that a child died every 15 seconds from unclean water. So they started a project making origami Christmas ornaments and exchanging them for donations to raise money for water wells. Their project grew into the non-profit organization Paper for Water, through which the girls have raised more than $1.3M and have helped fund over 150 water projects in fourteen countries. And this year, they’ve partnered with Neiman Marcus to sell even more ornaments and fund more wells. Talk about girl power!

This looks like a great exhibition if you’re in the Barnstable, MA area. The show at the Cahoon Museum of American Art runs through December 23rd: “Contemporary Silhouettes: The Art of Cut Paper.” I got curious about the illustrator of the image below. Lucy Gibbons Morse created all of the papercut illustrations for her book Breezes. It was a delight to page through it here.

A silhouette by Lucy Gibbons Morse from “Breezes” published in 1921

Has anyone been to see this at the Hirshhorn? Ann Hamilton’s installation At Hand, combines the sounds of mechanization and audio recordings of a poem with the motorized release of translucent white paper, which gently descends from the ceiling. It is part of a larger exhibition of 60 works that explore how artists use absence as a means of expression. What Absence is Made Of will be on view until summer 2019.

Did you catch this story on NPR a few weeks ago? The radio crew made their way to Kentucky to visit Larkspur Press, where for more than 40 years Gray Zeitz has been creating books one at a time in his two-story print shop near the town of Monterey.


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  1. Your logo watermark is fantastic! Great design and the paper, OOOOOO LAH LAH! Happy season of paper making BLISS!

  2. Liza myers says:

    Wow! What an informative and fascinating blog post! Thanks so much for sharing!