Sarah Horowitz

Paper Talk
Paper Talk
Sarah Horowitz

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Sarah Horowitz’ work is based primarily in drawing, printmaking, and book arts with a focus on formal aesthetics and the natural world. Her limited edition books are published under her imprint Wiesedruck (after the river ‘Wiese’ along the northwest border of Switzerland) and can be found in collections across the country including at the Yale University Beinecke Library, Harvard Houghton Library, the Library of Congress, Boston Athenaeum, Boston Public Library, The New York Public Library, Wesleyan University, and the Portland Art Museum. She has received grants from Portland State University and the Regional Arts and Culture Council as well as residencies at BellwaldArt in Switzerland, Caldera, and the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium. Her work is represented by Froelick Gallery in Portland, Oregon and Ken Shure of Two Ponds Press.

We chatted about her book Lepidoptera, which features Virginia Woolf’s essay ‘The Death of the Moth’ and Sarah’s moth etchings.

Here is one of her pine drawings, on okawara paper from Hiromi Paper, which was sized with gelatin colored with blue and black dry pigments.

We also talked about a mitsumata paper, which you can find here.

You can read more about Sarah on her website, and follow her on instagram.


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.



  1. Penelope Ortmann says:

    This interview is excellent for anyone interested in printmaking, paper, and process. I am more interested in papermaking but have done some printing and aware of what a difference paper makes. I have sent the link to my printmaker sister. I will listen again and go back to archives of interviews. The audio quality is excellent. Well done.
    Thank you Helen and Sarah.

    • Helen says:

      Penelope, thanks so much for listening, I’m so glad you liked it, and thanks for your thoughtful comments!

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