Twinrocker Handmade Paper

Twinrocker Handmade Paper

The Sunday Paper #284
November 3, 2019

Paper of the Week: Twinrocker Handmade Paper

I had the great pleasure of interviewing Kathryn & Howard Clark on Paper Talk in late August. They established Twinrocker Handmade Paper in 1971 and were pivotal players in the renaissance of hand papermaking in America. On this episode you’ll hear how they met, how Kathy got a job that was supposed to be only for men, and what Howard says they learned from old books. Enjoy our conversation!


In the Studio:

Elissa Campbell is working her way through the projects in The Paper Year. She began with January’s project on Friday. Elissa took a tour through the Twelve Months of Paper last year, and it was so much fun! She’s just started, and she’ll be doing a series of posts a la “Julie and Julia” – working on one month in the planner every other day. She says “I’ll let you know my experience with each project and offer tips for completing them. My goal is simply to give y’all a good sense of the planner’s content from the point of view of someone with a love of bad puns, who has a dog who chews paper and a toddler who tears it”. Follow Elissa’s journey through The Paper Year on Instagram!

There are limited copies, so don’t wait to get yours! The Paper Year is available for purchase now, so you can buy yourself a copy and get to work! You can also get a curated paper pack that includes everything you need to complete all twelve of the projects.


Papery Tidbits:


Yay! Stephanie Share of SHare Studio shows us what traditional papermaking looks like, and she makes it look inviting, doesn’t she? “There is a sort of reverence that lies at the bottom of the papermaking practice,” says Hare. “I love that it’s a play on the traditional practices that started in ancient China. When you really think about it, paper is one of the most important innovations ever made. It’s interesting to think about how such an important craft could fade away over time to become what it is today.” I interviewed Stephanie recently on Paper Talk.

I posted about one of Philadelphia-based visual artist Karina Puente’s papel picado installations recently, and here’s a lovely video about her contemporary practice utilizing this Mexican folk art.

In a new exhibition at the International Print Center, two artists articulate the experience of displacement using delicate materials crafted by hand. Paper Borders features works in handmade paper and print by Emma Nishimura and prints by Tahir Carl Karmali. These works are powerful and gorgeous – be sure to click through and see all of them, and better yet, if you’re in NYC, get to the show (through December 18th)!

Emma Nishimura “Salmon Arm to Malakwa” (detail) from “Constructed Narratives” (2013-ongoing), etching on gampi with wax and thread, from a series of 10. 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 to 19 x 19 inches each, installation dimensions variable (courtesy of the artist)

Check out this cool laptop stand made out of recycled paper! g.flow is foldable and collapses down to 3cm and slides elegantly into a slim case, making it extremely portable.

Uh oh! An artwork made from recycled paper (cool) had to be removed, because some of the shredded documents were legible and revealed private information.


Featured this week in my Studio shop:
Marianne Petit’s Pop-UP Groundhog, one of 12 projects in the 2020 Paper Year, The Papermaker’s Companion, A Map to Now Broadside, and The Papermaker’s Studio Guide.


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  1. Kate says:

    Hey Helen…..wanted to check in and let you I’m still connected to you through your great Sunday work! I’ve been dealing with some health issues but confident of my strength . Thank you for all your work and I can’t wait for 2020!❤️❤️❤️

    • Helen says:

      Sorry to hear this Kate… the comments don’t tell me more than your first name. If I had to guess, I would guess Ortolano. Wishing you well, and I miss your energy!