Susan Kristoferson

Paper Talk
Paper Talk
Susan Kristoferson

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Susan Kristoferson specializes in surface design processes on paper such as itajime (Japanese fold, clamp, and dye) and hand painted paste papers, She lives and works in Turner Valley, Alberta, in Canada, on hilltop with a view of the foothills and Rockies along with her husband and a small farm of chickens and sheep. Kristoferson is inspired by the long-distance view from her home and studio where she creates unique landscape “paintings” and abstract images using the papers she has made, painted, dyed, and collected during the past 40+ years.

We talk about the papers Kristoferson uses, her techniques, and the way she uses them to create collaged landscapes.

Kristoferson also specializes in itajame, a Japanese dying technique.

She uses every bit of her decorative sheets. Here she is making paper beads.


Susan Kristoferson’s recommendations:

Find Kristoferson’s paste papers here and her itajame papers here.

Visit Susan Kristoferson’s website to learn more about her work.


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. Linda says:

    HI Helen
    I enjoyed this podcast. Thank-you.
    There were two artists mentioned that I’d like to look into. They are not referenced above.
    Winnifred Lusk / Shibori Techniques with High Shrinkage Pulp
    Cynthia Shearer (?) / Large Scale Suspended Sculpture
    Do you have links for either / both?

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