Mabel Grummer on Paper Talk

Mabel Grummer on Paper Talk

The Sunday Paper #241

January 6, 2019

Paper of the Week: Arnold Grummers

I had the opportunity to meet with and interview Mabel Grummer & Kim Schiedermayer, wife and daughter of Arnold Grummer, in October for Paper Talk. We talked about Grummer’s career, which eventually led to the family business that Kim still runs today, providing papermaking kits and supplies to educators and artists.

Arnold Grummer gained understanding of paper’s structure and technology working with PhD scientists while on faculty at the Institute of Paper Chemistry. He later added the duties of Curator of the Dard Hunter Paper Museum where he assisted visitors and correspondents from all over the world with scholarly research. Blending knowledge of the historic and scientific worlds of paper, Arnold Grummer’s respect and passion for paper along with a keenly developed ability to communicate led to five books and diverse presentations with his Great American Paper Machine’.


In the Studio
The January project in the Twelve Months of Paper How-To Book & Calendar is this floral lantern, crafted from a single sheet of paper. The paper is called Narcissus, and is from Reminiscence Papers, designed and printed in the US! The proprietress, Debra Glanz, is currently moving so her shop is on hiatus.
If you make the Floral Lantern, will you share a photo with us over in Club Paper?

Copies of the Twelve Months of Paper How-To Book & Calendar are still available!


I visited the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver the other day. The museum is dedicated to promoting Colorado’s distinguished art history and had such an interesting and eclectic collection! I was pleased to see two works by Ray Tomasso, who is still working in Denver today. (Note that this is a snapshot I took in the museum; you’ll find much better images of Ray’s work on his website).

© Raymond Tomasso, Landscape in a Bronzed Dream, 1987

Has anyone seen the origami holiday tree at the American Museum of Natural History this year? I’d love to see a photo! It features 1000+ sea creatures. The origami tree is a tradition that dates back to 1972. You can still see this one through January 13th.

AMNH’s holiday tree is decorated with thousands of origami worls, including this one depicting coral and a school of fish. Photo Credit: Craig Chesek

I’m looking forward to the Weave Through Winter online class, which begins in just 10 days! The response to the class has been great, and you can still join us! Read all about it and watch my short video (and/or the replay from the webinar I did last week) at the link.

Wowza! Check out these Elizabeth Sagan is paying homage to her love of literature by arranging her huge collection into imaginative book art displays (as seen on My Modern Met).

I am making a commitment to feature an artist working in handmade paper every week on the blog this year. Feel free to send me your contributions. I’ll need an image, a short description and a link to an exhibition, event or website. Thanks!


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