Paper of the Week: Reminiscence Papers – Narcissus White
I’m working on designs for the 2019 Twelve Months of Paper this week. I pulled all of my decorative papers out of the flat files in order to choose the right paper for each project. Here’s a floral lantern featuring a pretty printed design from Reminiscence Papers. I must be wishing for spring, because we woke up to snow again yesterday here in the Colorado rockies!
In the Studio: New Episode on Paper Talk Featuring Mina Takahashi
Paper Talk is my monthly podcast series featuring artists and professionals who are working in the field of hand papermaking. This month I interviewed Mina Takahashi. Mina reveals how a college internship in Philadelphia planted the seed for her career in hand papermaking, she talks about a key moment when a Japanese papermaker showed her his hands and she understood what it means to dedicate yourself to a process, material and way of life, and she discusses her visit to a Thai village where they made hospital gowns out of handmade paper. We also talk about her work as an advocate and promoter for hand papermaking as an artistic medium as director of Dieu Donne Papermill and her current position as editor of Hand Papermaking Magazine. Have a listen!
This is a fascinating story about a comic book artist in Hawaii who was charged with the task of copying a sacred Guan Dai painting that was peeling and fading due to the proximity to the ocean and to the effects of incense often burned on the altar in front of the painting. I have more questions after reading the article. What would a conservator think? What does it mean to recreate instead of replace in today’s consumer society? Sean Starwars is exhibiting currently at Pyramid Atlantic, a nonprofit contemporary art center fostering the creative disciplines of papermaking, printmaking, and book arts within a collaborative community in historic Hyattsville, Maryland. The title of the article calls him an ‘Outlaw Printmaker’ which I’m guessing relates to this quote by the artist: “Somewhere along the way, I realized that I could accomplish my goals as an artist without enslaving myself to the meticulous obsessions of ‘traditional’ printmaking.” I love his prints!
From outlaw to underdog! I had to think about why the reporter called papermaking an underdog art in his intro, but nevertheless this is a terrific video about ‘The Power of Paper’ and Frontline Arts.
Corey Helford Gallery/An image of Corey Helford Gallery’s “Paper-Thin Hotel,” a solo exhibition from Dosshaus, the artistic collaboration of Zoey Taylor and David Connelly.
I love how life works! I was in the middle of putting this post together when I received an e-mail from a paper friend and colleague who sent over a link to this video in which a paper conservator talks about restoring old paper documents (as opposed to copying, which was referenced above). Watch to the end, when the interviewer asks the conservator what he would tell people working on paper if he could be sent back in time (Hint: it has something to do with hemp).
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