Monday, June 19, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

Waiting to Catch the Sun - Solo Exhibition by Hong Hong



Join Hong Hong for the opening reception of her first solo exhibition, Waiting to Catch the Sun, at Five Points Gallery in Torrington, CT. It features a series of large-scale, poured paperworks created in Georgia, Connecticut, and New York between 2014 and 2017.

Show Dates: May 11 to June 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, at 6 PM.
Artist Talk: Friday, June 2, at 6 PM.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Hand Papermaking, Inc. Selects Michael Fallon as New Executive Director

After an extensive national search, Michael Fallon of Minneapolis, Minnesota has been selected as the new executive director of Hand Papermaking, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and advancing traditional and contemporary ideas and practices in the art of hand papermaking. The organization was founded in 1986 by Amanda Degener and Michael Durgin and since 1995 has been under the leadership of Tom Bannister who recently announced his retirement.

“We are excited that Michael Fallon will be leading our organization as our new executive director,” said board chair Susan Mackin Dolan, who headed up the search committee. “With more than 10 years in nonprofit-management experience and an extensive background in arts, writing, and publishing, Michael is uniquely qualified to take over the leadership at this moment in our organization’s 30-plus-year history.”

Artist books, handmade paper, and the stories contained therein have been the through-line to Michael Fallon’s career. After graduating college with degrees in literature and art, Fallon studied with Buzz Spector and eventually earned an MFA degree in book arts at the University of Alabama, studying letterpress printing and papermaking with Steve Miller and publishing a rare edition of Kurt Vonnegut’s work. In 1998 Fallon moved to Minnesota, where he served as an artist in residence at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and befriended renowned book and paper artists Amanda Degener, Bridget O’Malley, Mary Hark, Chip Schilling, Jana Pullman, and many others. Growing interested in writing about art and craft, after publishing his first article in—of all places—Hand Papermaking magazine, Fallon eventually wrote for local and national publications such as Public Art Review, Art in America, and American Craft. In 2005 Fallon went back to school to earn a degree in nonprofit arts management. After more than ten years now of managing arts and educational nonprofits, Fallon has developed strong supervisory, financial, strategic leadership, marketing, and fundraising skills that he will put to use in sustaining Hand Papermaking, Inc. through the next 30 years of its existence.

“What most excites me about coming to work for Hand Papermaking,” Fallon said recently, “is it feels like I’m making a full-circle trip back to my roots—as book artist, papermaker, arts writer, and publisher. I am eager to use the skills and experiences I have picked up along the way in nonprofit management and community organizing to give something back to the organization that played a key role in the early development of my career.”

For over 30 years, Hand Papermaking, Inc. has explored and chronicled the art of making paper by hand—through its biannual magazine, quarterly newsletter, limited-edition portfolios, and online platforms—featuring traditional and modern practices worldwide, curating and presenting the best of the field, inspiring the ongoing revival of the craft, and facilitating the emergence of handmade paper as a vibrant contemporary art medium.

If you would like to learn more about this appointment, the organization and its flagship publication, or just want to connect and catch up, drop a line to michael@handpapermaking.org.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pulp As Portal: Socially Engaged Hand Papermaking and More at Center for Book Arts in NYC


Pulp as Portal: Socially Engaged Hand Papermaking
February 3 – April 8, 2017

As an extension of the broad survey Social Paper, co-curated by Jessica Cochran and Melissa Potter in 2014, Pulp as Portal adds to growing discourse around the contemporary art of hand papermaking as socially engaged art. The exhibition reveals the artist’s book—specifically bookworks, publications, zines and printed matter—as both artwork and outcome: How do hand papermakers today animate the ethos of social engagement, activism, community, and collectivity in the processes they employ to make paper? How are these ideas at play and embodied in the resulting books and printed matter?

As an important emergent genre of the new century, socially engaged art, or, social practice, is broadly characterized by artists’ emphasis on community, democracy, social change, participation and, in the case of hand papermaking, pedagogy. While bookmaking, printmaking and hand papermaking have long been deeply intertwined as creative practices that naturally lend themselves to collaboration, we are seeing more recently the idea of “the collective” purposefully and reflexively embraced and incorporated by hand papermakers beyond the studio, both in process and product. This is manifest specifically through community-based workshops, papermakers’ gardens, grassroots libraries and participatory installations, and it is happening internationally.

Through such platforms, artists can creatively assert, through collaborative craft, the deep relevance of conviviality, skill sharing and the printed word in an increasingly paperless, technology-driven world.

Artists include: Kevin Basl, Book Bombs/Michelle Wilson & Mary Tasillo, Laura Anderson Barbata, Stephanie Barrale and Michael Dunican, Drew Cameron, Combat Paper Projects, Greg Delanty, Megan Diddie, Angela Fegen, Fresh Press at the University of Illinois, Julia Ann Goodman, Megan Heeres, Karen Heft & Alan Govenar, Helen Hiebert, Tatana Kellner, Alison Knowles, Nathan Lewis, Love Positive Women, Margaret Mahan, Drew Matott, Papermaker’s Pack/Jillian Bruschera & Maxum Bruschera, Alva Mooses, Jeffrey Morin, Heidi Neilson & Chris Patrone, Peace Paper, The People’s Paper Co-op/ Mark Strandquist & Courtney Bowles, The Poetry Foundation/Nick Dubois, Melissa Potter, Robert Possehl, Dallas Price, Maggie Puckett, John Risseeuw, Seeds InService, Megan Singleton, Peter & Donna Thomas, and others.

In support of this exhibition the Center will be hosting two free workshops: 
Keeping The Fire Alive – A Collaborative Pulp Printing Discussion with Book Bombs March 4th and Papermake Manhattan with Chicago 77 April 1st. All are welcome to participate, but space is limited to the first 20 registrants. Please register by clicking the links above to the workshop pages.

The following panel discussions relating to hand papermaking, history, activism, and paper's haptic qualities are offered in conjunction with the exhibition.

Paper as Vehicle for History and Memory
Friday March 3, 6:30 pm
Panelists: John Bidwell, Morgan Library curator and printing historian; Donald Farnsworth, Director of Magnolia Editions; Lisa Gitelman, NYU Media historian; and Alexandra Soteriou, Papermaking historian. Moderator: Robbin Ami Silverberg, professor at Pratt Institute and Proprietor of Dobbin Mill.
http://centerforbookarts.org/event/paper-as-vehicle-for-history-and-memory/

Paper as Social Practice, Engagement, and Intervention
Friday March 17, 6:30 pm
Panelists: Drew Matott, Handpaper Making and Recovery; John Risseeuw, Professor Emeritus at ASU; Melissa Potter, Pulp Feminism: Radical Social Histories in Hand Papermaking Professor at Columbia College Chicago; and Deborah Tlani Salahu-din, Paper and Social Protest in Baltimore Smithsonian Museum Researcher. Moderator: Jessica Cochran, curator and lecturer at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and curator of the Center’s Winter 2017 exhibition, Pulp as Portal: Socially Engaged Hand Papermaking.
http://centerforbookarts.org/event/paper-as-social-practice-engagement-and-interview-panel-2/

Paper as Haptic Experience
Friday March 31, 6:30 pm
Paper as Haptic Experience
March 31, 6:30 pm
Panelists: Teresa Jaynes, co-founder and past executive director of Philagrafika; Ruth Lingen, Master Papermaker and Printer, and Director of Pace Paper; Mary Ting, Artist and Professor at CUNY John Jay College; and Robbin Ami Silverberg, Professor at Pratt Institute and papermaker. Moderated by Susan Gosin, founder of Dieu Donné Papermill
http://centerforbookarts.org/event/history-of-art-series-paper-as-social-practice-engagement-and-interview-panel-2/

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Call for Entry: Art of the Book 2018

Art of the Book 2018 is the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) international juried exhibition of members’ work. One of the eight categories is Papermaking. The exhibition will open in Victoria, British Columbia in August 2018 and travel for two years across Canada.

The Call for Entry is now available in English and French at www.cbbag.ca/exhibitions. Jurors, venues, and additional information will be available in May 2017. In the meantime, the Organizing Committee at aob2018@cbbag.ca is ready to answer any questions.

Opportunity: Artist/paper-maker/teacher volunteer in Malawi, Africa

An artist position is open - to work in Africa. HEEED Malawi seeks to engage an energetic, adventurous, imaginative Volunteer – interested in creative recycling, made-made paper and drawing. The HEEED Handicrafts Project, under the direction of Alison Wiklund www.alisonwiklund.com has been developed since the founding of HEEED Malawi by WWF Finland in 2004 www.heeedmalawi.net. Preference will be given to a candidate ready to stay for one year, a minimum commitment of 6 months is expected.

The Volunteer would lead the HEEED Handicrafts Programme - working with the local primary school and using local fibres and waste paper – to make cards and books. In addition, HEEED is recycling bottle-tops into baskets, as well as bottles into drinking glasses and candle-holders. These products help provide an income for the community of Chembe.

The Volunteer will teach a group of youngsters a variety of skills, including marketing – so that creative recycling and care for the environment become synonymous with beautiful hand-made paper-products. This Programme will increase children’s appreciation of art and the environment and develop an income- generating activity (IGA) for this non-profit organization. The creative Volunteer will be expected to provide the blueprint and to build a sustainable long-term programme.

In return, Full Room and Board is offered to the successful applicant. The stipend provided will be dependent upon the candidate’s ability to generate income through the marketing of the various hand-made products. The HEEED Handicrafts Projects is a part of HEEED Malawi – a Malawian NGO - working to expand educational opportunities, to foster environmental stewardship, and to facilitate community development in Chembe and is administered by a Board of Trustees. HEEED Malawi is located close to Chembe village on the edge of Lake Malawi National Park – a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site with crystalline waters and more than 850 unique fish species found nowhere else in the world. The successful applicant would live at Tandy House – located within the grounds of Cape Maclear EcoLodge (see www.tripadvisor.com). For more information please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Addie Lindseth (adelaidelindseth@gmail.com and heeedchembe@gmail.com).