Friday, December 28, 2018

In Memory of Elaine Koretsky

In Memory of Elaine Koretsky (1932–2018)

As is true for many of you reading this, I was shocked and saddened to learn about Elaine’s death last month, after a long illness (Hand Papermaking Newsletter no. 125 (January 2019): 2–3).

I have known Elaine and Sidney, who survives her, since the very earliest days of the Friends of the Dard Hunter Paper Museum (now the FDH) that was formalized in 1981 at the annual meeting of the Book and Paper Group of the American Institure for Conservation. She was an officer in that fledging organization and a stalwart member ever since. I think it is true that she, with Sidney at her side, gave a presentation every annual FDHPM/FDH meeting from about 1983 until just a few years ago. And she contributed articles to the HPN for almost two decades (her daughter Donna Koretsky now writes that column).

Especially when it comes to our understanding of hand papermaking in Asia, Elaine ranks as the most important paper historian this country has ever produced. She contributed more to our knowledge on that topic than anyone. She didn’t just follow in Dard Hunter’s footsteps, she and Sidney travelled down many more roads and saw first-hand many more papermakers in numerous countries. She and Sidney often endured perilous situations, all the while exhibiting stubborn determination to find whatever they sought. Later, she retold the stories of those journeys with remarkable candor and a sense of humor. She and Sidney documented what they experienced visually as well as recalled them in many books and articles, presentations, and workshops. She also founded the International Paper Museum in 1994, and some years before that co-founded Carriage House Paper in Brookline, Mass.

For all that Elaine has accomplished to bring the history of hand papermaking to us, we shall always be grateful and we shall never forget her.

Cathleen A. Baker
December 23, 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Member Spotlight: Helen Hiebert

Helen Hiebert has released a podcast interview with Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol about their new book, The Art of the Fold: This is part of her series of podcast interviews about papermakers and paper artists. Listen to the conversation about Hedi’s childhood in postwar Germany, when she made paper dolls and paper chains, among other things and how she ended up in the US after her studies in Germany. Ulla is Hedi’s daughter and grew up in and around Hedi’s studios in the Bay Area and New York City, where she went to the Cooper Union to study architecture. They talk about how this book came about, the process of creating the book – Ulla rendered the illustrations from Hedi’s hand drawn diagrams; her husband Paul Warchol did the photography; and there was a lot of discussion about the belly band! Hedi talks about a paper made in the Netherlands from the sails of old windmills, and discusses the storage system she uses for all of her models. And they talk about some of the clever inventions that are found within the pages of the book.

Each year Helen produces a how-to book and calendar called the Twelve Months of Paper. The 2019 calendar includes 12 new projects featuring origami, pop-ups, paper cutting, weaving, quilling, and folding; 4 guest artists: Trinity Adams, BĂ©atrice Coron, Ann Martin and Shawn Sheehy; and this year she's donating $5 from each calendar sale to Paper For Water (you can find out more about them in her last podcast episode). Calendars are available here: 

Helen also recently wrote a guest post for Artsy called A Crash Course in Basic Papermaking. Check it out, and feel free to share it:

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Southwest School of Art Seeks Interim Chair of Paper and Book Arts

Southwest School of Art invites applications to the part-time position of Interim Chair of Paper and Book Arts. Artists interested in this position are encouraged to send a letter of application, a copy of their curriculum vitae, examples of their own work and student work, and a teaching philosophy to the attention of

The closing date for this search is November 15, 2018. The successful candidate must be available to begin prior to the start of the next semester (January 7th). The application letter should address the applicant’s ability to meet the following job description.

The Interim Chair of Paper and Book Arts is a part-time position to manage the department, supporting Southwest School of Art in pursuit of its strategic plan by delivering high quality educational experiences for both the BFA degree program and the school’s community programs, helping with the maintenance of the studios and studio equipment, and coordinating scheduling. Therefore the Chair will:

  • Engage with the student experience at all levels by supporting the curriculum, including mentoring and advising
  • Ensure access to excellent teachers, use of functional spaces, and proactive Student Services support students achieving their learning goals
  • Use established assessment and evaluation tools that measure student satisfaction and their progress toward stated institutional academic outcomes
  • Engage with the campus community and its constituents in formal and informal settings and/or events to maintain a positive collegial atmosphere
  • Follow school policies to support programming consistency as well as student and faculty excellence
  • Follow school policies with respect to documentation of all activities within the program

Monday, October 22, 2018

Meet the ECBOD Candidates for 2018-2020

We are excited to share the nominees for the FDH ECBOD for the 2018-2020 term. We are proud to have recruited a skilled group to carry the torch of these volunteer positions forward. Please take a moment to read about each of the candidates, and then join us at our Annual Business Meeting at the Matrices conference in Iowa where we will have a presentation of the candidates and election of new officers.

The annual business meeting of Friends of Dard Hunter, Inc., will be held on Friday, October 26 from 9:30 - 11:15am in Room 116, Art Building West, 141 N Riverside Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246.

All members are invited to attend, whether or not they are attending the 2018 conference.



Lynn Sures, 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, works in pulp painting, artist books, and prints. A Pulparazzi founding member, she is also a founding director of the Collegiate Paper Triennial and of the Fabriano Paper/Print/Book study trip. She was guest editor of the 2016 Winter issue of Hand Papermaking magazine, on the papermaking of Italy.


Kate Aitchison’s artwork focuses on human interventions in the natural landscape—and her own emotive connection to place. She earned her BA from Colorado College in Studio Art with a minor in Environmental Studies, and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Printmaking. Aitchison has been awarded numerous grants in order to explore contemporary environmental themes within her work, including Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Project Grant, Maharam STEAM Fellowship: Art and Science Fellowship, RISD Graduate Studies Grant, and the Peter St. Onge Memorial Travel Scholarship. Aitchison has exhibited her work widely with shows at The Cultural Center: Eagle Hill in Massachusetts, at the NARS Foundation in New York, and most recently at the Granoff Center at Brown University in Providence, RI.


Laura Post is a Lecturer at Indiana University, Bloomington. She earned an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Printmaking and a BA from Swarthmore College. In 2015, she apprenticed at Rongbaozhai in Beijing, China, to master traditional Chinese woodblock printing and studied papermaking at Awagami Factory in Tokushima, Japan. Post has been a guest artist at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University. Her work has been exhibited at PaperWest: National Juried Biennial at University of Utah, The Art of Paper: 7th Annual Juried Exhibition at the A.D. Gallery of University of North Carolina, Pembroke, New Prints – Winter 2016 at the International Print Center New York.


Lisa Miles is a papermaker & book artist with a focus on hand-beaten bark papers. Originally from New England, Miles currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book and a BFA in Graphic Design from the New England School of Art & Design in Boston. She creates one-of-a-kind books & limited edition artist books under the imprint Dutchess Press. Her work has been exhibited internationally & is held in public and private collections. In 2017-18, she represented the US as a Fulbright Student Researcher for her project "Bark Paper, Plant Dyes, and the Book Arts in Indonesia.”


Hannah O’Hare Bennett is a papermaker and fiber artist based in Madison, WI. Her education includes a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Kansas and an MFA in Design Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She has assisted with classes at Penland School of Craft, and taught at the Morgan Conservatory. Prior to her decision to focus on art as a career she worked in agriculture and food systems, experience that influences her work conceptually.


Tracy Norman is an artist and papermaker who has been very involved in the arts and paper making community since graduating with her BFA. She has worked with many professional artists learning from them paper making, basket weaving, 3-D knitting and even printmaking! She continues to create sculptures with handmade paper and organic found objects from nature. Traveling quite often, she is inspired from her experiences. She is currently learning to design and weld her own bottle jack press for use in her studio.


Sarah Luko is a papermaker, researcher, and tool maker. She earned her MFA in Book Arts at the University of Iowa Center for the Book and her MLIS at the UI School of Library and Information Science. She has studied Asian and Western Papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett, Tatiana Ginsberg, and Aimee Lee. Her workshops and outreach have covered intaglio printing, letterpress, bookbinding, as well as papermaking. Her interest in hand papermaking has led her to research traditional tools and processes around the United States, Japan, and South Korea. She makes traditional and unique papers, tools, small to gigantic paper moulds, and sculpture.

Monday, October 1, 2018

University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies Seeks Instructor/ Studio Manager

The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies seeks a faculty member for a full-time, instructor / studio manager position in the MFA in the Book Arts program.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to support the future direction of the MFA in the Book Arts Program as it as it continues to integrate historical Book Arts practices with new technologies. This faculty member is expected to oversee the upkeep of three book arts studios, maintain an active role in advising graduate students, and participate in community outreach and programmatic service activities. The teaching load is two courses per semester. All faculty members are expected to work with diverse constituencies and teach in the core curriculum.


• An earned MFA in Book Arts and/or terminal degree in a related field.
• Demonstrated teaching ability in the areas of hand papermaking, bookbinding, and letterpress printing. Minimum of two years teaching experience at the college level and/or equivalent work experience.
• Documented evidence of proficiency with book arts equipment and studio maintenance.
• Demonstrated commitment to programmatic and professional service.
• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse constituencies

This position requires a highly organized and disciplined individual with a commitment to outstanding job performance and aptitude for, and experience in, effective leadership, teaching, studio management, and programmatic support. Candidates must have excellent communication skills, writing capabilities, and a demonstrated ability to be flexible and positive in the work environment.

Application Process: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until October 23, 2018. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Please submit electronically the following: letter of interest, curriculum vita, and contact information for at least three references through the online application system Emailed questions about the position should be directed to Anna Embree, Search Committee Chair ( with “Instructor/ studio manager position” in the subject line.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. “EEO is the Law”

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Long-time FDH member, Deborah Sharpe-Lunstead, Passed Away

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing our friend and long-time FDH member, Deborah Sharpe-Lunstead. Below is her obituary. We send much love to her family.

Deborah Sharpe-Lunstead of Middlebury passed away in Porter Hospital from multiple myeloma on July 17, 2018. She was born in Newark, New Jersey on December 12, 1952 to Irwin and Libby (Alperstein) Sharpe.

Deb attended the Eastman School of Music where she studied cello and then the early music instrument viola da gamba. She met her future husband Jeff Lunstead in 1975 when she was on her way to study in Basel, Switzerland. They married in 1977. Jeff joined the United States Foreign Service and they embarked on an international life, living at varying times in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. In 2008 they settled in Middlebury.

Deb began studying weaving and other fiber arts in 1986 and then moved to hand papermaking and to pulp painting, in which she used pigmented paper pulp to create images in a still-wet sheet of newly made paper. (The process can be seen on her website She showed her work at several galleries in Vermont.

She is survived by her husband Jeff, daughter Jenny (John Pappas) and grandson Sam, daughter Julie (Ben Simon), father Irwin Sharpe, sister Bonnie Sharpe and brothers Ken Sharpe and Peter Sharpe.

Deb was buried in the Middlebury Cemetery on July 20 after a service at Havurah House of the Addison County Jewish Congregation. Donations in her name may be made to Addison Home Health and Hospice or to Addison County Havurah.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Artist Opportunities at Women's Studio Workshop


Paid Nonprofit Management Internship at Women’s Studio Workshop
This six-month internship provides $400/month stipend, free on-campus housing, unlimited studio access, and the opportunity to exhibit work at the end of the term. The Nonprofit Mgmt. intern is active in communications, marketing, and social media, as well as database management, processing artist residency proposals for jury review, workshop registration, event planning, and more!
Applications due: December 1st, midnight EST

Paid Studio Internship at Women’s Studio Workshop
This six-month internship provides $400/month stipend, free on-campus housing, unlimited studio access, and the opportunity to exhibit work at the end of the term. Studio Interns work with staff and resident artists on projects that may include printmaking, papermaking, book arts, and arts administration, in addition to assisting with the ongoing operations of the facility.
Applications due: December 1st, midnight EST

Ceramics Internship at Women’s Studio Workshop
This three-month internship provides $400/month stipend, free on-campus housing, unlimited studio access, and the opportunity to exhibit work at the end of the term. The ceramics inter works directly with the Ceramics Studio Manager, preparing for our annual Chili Bowl Fiesta fundraiser. The ceramics intern works on a production scale, creating between 300 and 600 vessels, depending on the studio’s need. They may also teach one of our month-long spring ceramics courses.
Applications due: October 15th, midnight EST


Art-in-Education Workspace Residency at Women’s Studio Workshop
This opportunity is for artists with teaching experience, a knowledge of intaglio, silkscreen, or hand papermaking, and an interest in working with public school students. Artists teach in the studio 1-2 days/week for the four-week residency. In exchange, they receive on-campus housing and 24/7 studio access in etching, papermaking, letterpress, silkscreen, book arts, photography, or ceramics.
Applications due: October 15th, midnight EST

Chili Bowl Workspace Residency at Women’s Studio Workshop
This residency supports WSW's annual Chili Bowl Fiesta! Residents divide their time between creating bowls, mugs, and tumblers for the Chili Bowl and working on their own ceramics project of choice. Artists pay $100/week and must contribute 50 glazed or 100 bisqued bowls by the end of their residency. In exchange, WSW provides on-campus housing and 24/7 studio access.
Applications due: October 15th, midnight EST

Studio Workspace Residency at Women’s Studio Workshop
This residency is open to artists who want 4-6 weeks of concentrated work time in any of our studios: etching, papermaking, letterpress, silkscreen, book arts, photography, or ceramics. For $200/week, artists receive on-campus housing and 24/7 studio access. 
Applications due: October 15th, midnight EST

Ora Schneider Residency Grant at Women’s Studio Workshop
This is a month-long residency for artists residing in Greene, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, and Orange counties. Artists may choose to work in any of our studio disciplines. Priority will be given to artists with experience and a working knowledge of etching, intaglio, or monoprint; letterpress; papermakingscreenprinting; photography; or ceramics.
This grant includes a $1500 stipend and 24/7 studio access. Free onsite housing can also be arranged.
Applications due: October 15th, midnight EST

Parent Residency Grant at Women’s Studio Workshop
This is a four-week residency for an artist with dependent child(ren) under the age of 15. Artists may choose to work in any of our studio disciplines: intaglio, letterpress, papermakingscreenprinting, photography, or ceramics. This grant includes a $1000 childcare stipend, up to $250 for travel costs, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access.
Applications due: October 15th, midnight EST

Art in Education Artist Book Residency Grant at Women’s Studio Workshop
This is an eight- to ten-week residency awarded to two emerging artists to create a new artist’s book and teach young people. The resident dedicates her first month to producing a limited edition artist’s book, which is hand-printed and bound in the studio. The second half of the residency, the artist works with young people in WSW’s studios, teaching one to two days/week for three to four weeks, and visiting the students twice in school. This grant includes a stipend of $350/week for up to ten weeks, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the Continental US, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access during non-AIE sessions.
Applications due: November 15th, midnight EST

Artist Book Residency Grant at Women’s Studio Workshop
This is a six- to eight-week residency for artists to produce a limited edition book work. Working intensively in our studios, artists print and bind their own books, and are encouraged to create an edition size no larger than 100 and no smaller than 50. The grant includes a stipend of $350/week, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the Continental US, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access.
Applications due: November 15th, midnight EST