Monday, March 23, 2015

Paul Gehl Talk & A New Exhibition at The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum

The Friends of Dard Hunter is proud to be a supporter of The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, and recently, the museum hosted a great event to coincide with a new exhibition, A Gathering of Continents: A Rare Exhibit of Georgia Tech's Edition of Joan Blaeu's Grooten Atlas.

Dr. Paul Gehl, a distinguished scholar and curator, presented a lecture on March 5th titled Collecting Book and Paper History: An American Tradition.  Dr. Gehl is the George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books, and Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library.

A Gathering of Continents is a collaborative project of the museum, the Georgia Tech Library, and Ivan Allen College. Also called the Atlas major, the atlas was published in Amsterdam between 1662-1665. Blaeu's nine volume atlas remains the foremost European Atlas published in the seventeenth century. This particular edition is one of the few remaining hand-colored, gold-embossed deluxe editions of the Atlas, bound in Moroccan leather. Original volumes of the Atlas will be on exhibit along with reproductions of select maps from the works.

A Gathering of Continents will be open from February 27 until June 26, 2015.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Papermaking & Printmaking Studio For Sale - Lost Coast Culture Machine

Papermaking & Printmaking Studio and equipment + Contemporary Art Gallery - For Sale.

Full Scale Papermaking Studio equipped for professional production & classes, including a 5 lb. Hollander Beater, 50 ton Hydraulic Press, 32 x 48” dry box, a variety of professional & student moulds.

Printmaking equipment includes a Vandercook No. 14 Proof Press, a Showcard Signmaster Proof press, a Full Screenprinting set up: 24 x 36” Exposure Unit, power washer, squeegees, screens, print stations, and Block carving & printing tools for classes.

Exhibition & Display: lighting, pedestals, audio-visual equipment including HD projector, frames, gallery seating, reception supplies.

Also: creative retail space with display cases, and a contemporary art library with over 500 volumes.

The preference is to sell all as one, but will consider piecemeal as well. 

Visit for photos & more info about the space.

If you have interest, or know someone who may have interest, contact Anne Beck at

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Call for Entries: The 6th National Collegiate Handmade Paper Art Triennial

The Friends of Dard Hunter is proud to be a sponsor for the 6th National Collegiate Handmade Paper Art Triennial!

The National Collegiate Handmade Paper Art triennial was founded in 1999. Each triennial offers college students a way to show the country what they add to the field of handmade paper art.

Students in 2 year, 4 year and Masters programs are eligible, and entries are managed through the schools so that students do not need to pay to compete. Jurors represent the most exciting curators, artists, and gallerists involved in the field. Venues are located in diverse university galleries, museums, and art centers around the country. Sponsors from papermaking centers and materials suppliers across the US offer awards and special residencies to recognize the accomplishments of student artists working with their own handmade paper.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Postcard Project Preview!

In just a week or two, members of the Friends of Dard Hunter will be receiving something special in the mail. As part of an effort to keep in touch, and a membership benefit, members will receive a letterpress printed, handmade paper postcard. This postcard project is part of Bull & Branch Press, an expanded idea of Bull & Branch which includes real-life, printed ephemera, in addition to a spring issue newsletter.

Paper Connection International made a generous donation of handmade papers for this project. Paper Connection is known for carrying superior fine art and specialty papers made by skilled crafts people in the East. Be sure to check out their webshop and follow Paper Connection on Facebook! From the Paper Connection website:
Lauren Pearlman Sugita founded Paper Connection International in 1995 with the commitment of ensuring the art of handmade, traditional Japanese paper (washi) and handmade paper in general was preserved into the future. Through import, distribution, and education, Paper Connection has not only been an essential source of washi(Japanese paper), but over the years, Paper Connection has become known for its comprehensive collection of handmade papers from all over the world.

The papers used for these postcards include:

Hakudoshi Koba-  This is a Japanese 2-ply paper made in Kochi Prefecture, Japan.  Highly textured, this paper is typically used as wallpaper and mostly made with sulphite (wood pulp) with sand and bark embedded in top layer.

Kin Unryu Mint HW  This is multi-ply paper made in Anhui Province, China, sprinkled with gold flakes. Made from blue sandal wood and other bast fibers.

Lokta single-color Dyed and embedded with Sawdust waste.   Lokta papers come from Nepal and are made from lokta fiber (a cousin of gampi fiber).

Card Stock Koume on Grey, Coconut and Pink  This is a Japanese lace, rayon paper with a watermark plum blossom (koume) pattern, laminated to cardstock, also made in Kochi, Japan.

The International Printing Museum in Carson, CA was also a generous sponsor for this postcard. The International Printing Museum is a public non-profit organization and was founded in 1988 by David Jacobson and Ernest A. Lindner and features The Lindner Collection of Antique Printing Machinery. Keep scrolling for photos from Colin Browne, Friends of Dard Hunter VP of Publicity & Outreach making the postcards!

The postcard front features Dard Hunter's bull and branch watermark/pressmark, and a Roycroft design from the frontispiece of "The Boy from Missouri Valley" by Elbert Hubbard.

Also, look for some very cool vintage stamps on your postcard from Coast Philatelics!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Call for Proposals for Paper Points North, the 2015

It's time to submit proposals for talks, panels and demonstrations for Paper Points North, the 2015 annual meeting! Embarking northward to the beautiful Alberta Rockies, this year’s conference will be held at the internationally recognized Banff Centre, a well respected confluence of art, science, and research. The primary focus of Paper Points North is to question how we honor the traditional methods of papermaking while expanding into new methods of research, innovation, education, and technology.

Deadline for Submissions: April 17, 2015
More information at

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fabriano, Italy Paper/Print/Book Intensive 2015 with Lynn Sures

Interested in traveling to Italy this summer? Artist Lynn Sures is leading a Fabriano, Italy Paper/Print/Book Intensive in Fabriano, Italy with the new option of visiting the Venice Biennale and other northern sites. Sponsored by Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, the registration deadline is April 1, 2015.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

New Artwork by Catherine Nash

Catherine Nash, Boat Book II, 2014, Book of high shrinkage flax paper bound with a traditional Japanese stab binding, lashed branches, 30”H x 33”W x 14”D. Photo credit:  Robert Renfrow

Near Colorado? Friends of Dard Hunter member Catherine Nash has a show at the Durango Art Center  Library in March, featuring brand new bookwork. Inspired by nature, and created of handmade paper and natural elements, Catherine Nash's artist books span two decades of creative work.

Title of show - Turning the Page: A Retrospective of Artist Books by Catherine Nash
Opening Reception -  Friday, March 6, 5-7 pm
Exhibition dates  - March 6 - April 30, 2015
Where -  Durango Art Center’s Art Library, 802 E. 2nd Ave., Durango, CO 81301  Phone: (970) 259-2606  Fax: (970) 259-657
Hours - Gallery & Gallery Shop Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Administrative offices: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.