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Jennie Frederick earned her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in fibers, followed by an MFA from Indiana State University. She apprenticed with Douglass Morse Howell, Bob Serpa, from Imago, and received her MFA for apprenticing at Twinrocker Handmade Paper. Frederick founded Kansas City Paperworks, Inc. in 1983 and has taught at the Kansas City Art Institute and MCC-Maple Woods, where she developed a Fiber & Papermaking Program. She is currently a full-time artist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
We talk about some of her early influences, including Joan Livingstone, Douglass Morse Howell, and Bob Serpa at Imago. Frederick met Kathryn & Howard Clark in the late 1970’s and became an apprentice at Twinrocker Handmade Paper, where she worked with many prominent visiting artists.
Frederick’s travels to Mexico influenced her teaching, and her current work utilizes techniques/processes that she developed following documentation in the Mexican villages of San Pablito, in Puebla State, and Lacanha and Naha in Chiapas.
We discussed Frederick’s artwork, including her installation, Shedding.
Jennie Frederick’s recommendations:
- Frederick has a book featuring her work, called Black & White.
- Brown Grotta Arts, a contemporary gallery that showcases art textiles and unique sculptural, ceramic, and mixed media works with an emphasis on concept, supported by technique.
- Life, Ritual, and Religion Among the Lacandon Maya by Dr. R. Jon McGee
- Joomchi & Beyond by Jiyoung Chung
- The work of Ruth Asawa
- Frederick has written articles for Hand Papermaking Magazine: Drawing with Mulberry Vol.15 Number 1 Summer 2000, and Lacandon Maya Bark Cloth: Hu’un Vol.19 Number 2 Winter 2004
Music featuring excerpts of Makin’ Paper folk song by Peter Thomas. Listen to the full song and find out about other paper and book arts folk songs.
Gary A. Hanson did the sound editing for this episode. He practices and refines his skills in audio production while making his own podcast I’ll Have a Beer and Talk, a show about tech news, culture, weird animal stories and of course, beer. Gary is also the Deckle in Pulp & Deckle, a Portland-based community hand papermaking studio.