Nicole Donnelly

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Nicole Donnelly - Part 2

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Nicole Donnelly is a hand papermaker and visual artist specializing in sculptural paper artworks and invasive plant papers. She is the President of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA), 2015-2021; and the founder of the creative papermaking studio paperTHINKtank. She is master papermaker for The Brodsky Center at PAFA (2019- present) and for The Brandywine Workshop & Archives (2018-present). She teaches paper and book arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and other institutions. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2009 and her BA from Bennington College. She has received grants and fellowships to complete residencies at Obara Paper Art Museum  in Japan; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Morgan Conservatory of Paper; Goldwell Open Air Museum; Vermont Studio Center; and Women’s Studio Workshop; and her artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally.


We discussed Nicole’s papermaking studio in Philadelphia, PaperTHINKtank.

In 2018, Donnelly created this outdoor temporary art commission Carved in Water.

Donnelly is currently the president of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA), an international membership group.

Nicole Donnelly’s Recommendations:

Music: Jim Hall’s recording of Concierto de Aranjuez (featuring Chet Baker)

Covid reading: Moby Dick

4K HD Youtube slideshow videos, like this one of Van Gogh

Visit Nicole Donnelly’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.