Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Hand Papermaking, Inc. Launches Search for New Executive Director

Hand Papermaking, Inc. is now accepting applications for a new US-based full-time executive director to replace retiring executive director Tom Bannister. A committee composed of Hand Papermaking board members, past and present, is conducting the search and plans to select and announce a new executive director by mid-February 2017. The new executive director will be charged with overall leadership, operation, and the realization of the values, vision, and mission of the nonprofit publishing organization.

“We are thankful for Tom’s dedication and inspired leadership of Hand Papermaking for the last 22 years, and excited about the next phase of our organization’s evolution,” said Susan Mackin Dolan, Hand Papermaking board chair and search committee chair.

Parties interested in applying can visit job.handpapermaking.org for a detailed position description and required qualifications. 

About Hand Papermaking, Inc. 
Hand Papermaking, Inc., is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to preserving and advancing traditional and contemporary ideas and practices in the art of hand papermaking. For over 30 years, Hand Papermaking has explored and chronicled the art of making paper by hand, 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. The organization was founded in 1986 by Amanda Degener and Michael Durgin and has been under the leadership of Tom Bannister since 1995.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Introducing the FDH Ballot of Nominees for the ECBOD 2016 - 2018 Term

Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to be updating you on the ballot of nominees for the ECBOD 2016-2018 term:

Peter Sowiski, President

Anne Covell, VP of Annual Meetings

Megan Singleton, VP of Membership and Development

Jenn Woodward, VP of Communications

Radha Pandey, Secretary

Jay Fox, Treasurer

Paul Romaine, continuing Executive Director

I am very excited to make this announcement and proud that we were able to recruit such able and inspirational people to carry the torch!

Jennifer Baker, President

Peter Sowiski, President

Peter Sowiski was born in 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received a BA in 1971 in Studio Art from Oberlin College, and an MFA in 1974 in Printmaking from Ohio State University. He is primarily known as a pulp painter, with work in numerous collections in America. Over the last forty years he has shown in over one hundred and ninety five exhibitions, held over eighty workshop, lecture and visiting artist posts locally to internationally.

Peter is an Emeritus Professor of Fine Arts at SUNY Buffalo State, where he taught from 1974-2007, did stints as Chair of Fine Arts, of Design, and received the President’s Award for Excellence in Service to the College. He investigated papermaking in Korea, China and Vietnam, and was President of The Friends of Dard Hunter, Inc., an international organization of hand papermakers. He has worked at Abaca Press as chief screen printer since its inception in 1994. Since retiring, he continues working for Abaca press, and messing up his studio in Buffalo.

Anne Covell, VP of Annual Meetings

Anne Covell is a book artist and papermaker. She received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she attended on an Iowa Arts Fellowship. She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett and has taught courses in bookbinding, papermaking, and natural dyeing for the University of Iowa Center for the Book and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Her work in recreating book cover papers from the Edo period in Japan has offered her opportunities to lecture and teach at locations throughout the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and was also published in the Summer 2015 issue of Hand Papermaking Magazine.

Covell's work has been exhibited internationally and can be seen in over 35 special collections libraries and museums worldwide including the Yale University Arts Library, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Library of Chile. Currently, she resides in San Diego, California where she is building a Japanese papermaking studio and investigating Asian papermaking and cover-making techniques for use in conservation and book arts.

Megan Singleton, VP of Membership and Development

Megan Singleton is a practicing artist and educator based in St. Louis, Missouri. She is adjunct faculty at Webster University where she teaches Papermaking and Studio Art Courses and has worked as a digital artist for Bruton Stroube Studios since 2005. She received her MFA in sculpture from Louisiana State University in 2012 and her BFA in Photography form Webster University in 2005. Her installations crisscross the boundaries of contemporary craft, combining sculpture, hand papermaking, and digital applications. Her work explores the intersection of dendritic systems and patterns found in waterway, plants, and paths of travel. She actively exhibits nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Megan is a member of the Friends of Dard Hunter, Women's Caucus for Art, and International Art Collective Expanded Draught, based in Galway Ireland.

Jenn Woodward, VP of Communications

Jennifer J. Woodward was born in Kansas in 1977 and raised in Texas. After attending the High School for Performing & Visual Arts in Houston, she received her BFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and earned her MFA from the joint degree program at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston & Tufts University in 2006. With a background focused on mixed media installation, drawing and papermaking, Jenn is currently exploring the relationship between local and sustainable materials and the themes of mindfulness and an appreciation of the everyday in her art practice. In fall 2012 Jenn and her husband Gary A. Hanson established Pulp & Deckle, a community papermaking studio that offers workshops, demos, creates custom orders and operates a papermaking artist residency program in partnership with the non-profit organization, c3:initiative. In addition to teaching at the studio Jenn teaches guest workshops and classes at locations such as Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Portland Community College and Pacific University.

Radha Pandey, Secretary

Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she studied Letterpress printing, Bookbinding, and Papermaking with a focus on Western, Eastern and Islamic Papermaking techniques. Her artist’s books are held in 27 public collections including the Library of Congress and Yale University. Currently, Pandey is the Lead Papermaker and Studio Coordinator at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, OH.

Jay Fox, Treasurer

Jay Fox is from Morganton, North Carolina, he received his BFA in printmaking from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008. In 2014 he received his MFA at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Print and Narrative Forms. Jay is beginning his third year at Penland School of Crafts where he is the Print, Letterpress, Books, and Paper coordinator. This position provides a crossover and conversation between people and the tools and machinery they employ which informs his work and practice.

Paul Romaine, continuing Executive Director

Paul Romaine is continuing as Executive Director of the Friends of Dard Hunter. He is Development and Membership Manager at the Center for Book Arts in New York. Since most of his professional career has been as a librarian, he's still excited to be working with hand papermakers.

Friday, October 7, 2016

News from Hook Pottery Paper

Get all the latest news from Hook Pottery Paper in their most recent newsletter HERE.

Vernissage & Exposition NAOPA 2016: Nonesuch Art On Paper Awards

You're invited to join the opening and exhibition in Montreal of the finalists in the 2016 Nonesuch Art On Paper Awards.

Vernissage /Opening : le 30 septembre, 2016 à 17h à 141 rue Ann (Griffintown), Montréal, QC.


mercredi & jeudi : 13h – 19h / Wednesdays & Thursdays : 1pm to 7pm
vendredi : 13h – 21h / Fridays : 1pm to 9pm
samedi & dimanche : 13h – 17h / Saturdays & Sundays : 1pm to 5pm

OU PAR RENDEZ-VOUS / OR BY APPOINTMENT : fun@hmsnonesuch.com, paperawards@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Morgan Conservatory’s 9th Annual Benefit

The Morgan Conservatory, the largest arts center in the United States dedicated to every facet of papermaking, book arts, and letterpress printing will host its 9th Annual Benefit Saturday, October 1st. The Benefit will feature a silent auction where attendees will have the opportunity to bid on more than 100 works of art, many created specifically for the event, by local as well as national artists, exclusive live papermaking demonstrations, live music from Syncopated Sin Swing Band with special guest Ernie Krivda, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and more.

The Morgan’s Annual Benefit is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year and directly helps bring over 60 workshops, exhibitions and special events to its audiences each year.

“After nine years, we are beginning to see the vision of our mission to provide an epicenter of papermaking arts for established and emerging artists in Northeast Ohio and beyond” said Tom Balbo, Artistic Director of The Morgan. Balbo added, “the support from the arts community, our sponsors and all supporters of The Morgan during our Annual Benefit has helped make our vision a reality these last nine years.”

The Morgan’s 9th Annual Benefit takes place Saturday, October 1st from 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Morgan – 1754 E. 47th St. Cleveland, OH 44103. Pre-order tickets are available now. Admission for members is $30, non-members $35. Tickets for students with valid student ID are $10.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Organic Encounters - c3:initiative + Pulp & Deckle Papermaking Residency Exhibition

Ellen George, Leporello 1, 2016
Organic Encounters
c3:initiative + Pulp & Deckle Papermaking Residency Exhibition
September 30 - November 12

Where: c3:initiative
             7326 N Chicago Ave.
             Portland, OR 97203

Opening Reception: Friday, September 30, 6-9pm
Artist Walk Through and Talk: Wednesday, October 26, 6pm

Organic Encounters presents work from the 2015–2016 c3:initiative and Pulp & Deckle Papermaking Residency artists Laura Foster, Ellen George, Tyler Peterson, and Ryan Woodring. Culminating from their experiences in the Pulp & Deckle studio, each artist utilized handmade paper as a medium to create new works that present ideas central to their art practice.

Organic Encounters considers the transformation of material to propel the medium of paper beyond its familiar use as a substrate. The process of papermaking is one of both strategic intent and material intuition. With no rigidity in process but an inventive appreciation for materialist ideals, Organic Encounters brings together disparate works that are sculptural in form but conceptual in methodology. The results present themselves as commentary on the natural world, the unstable value of objects, the mutability of biological forms, and notions of memory that are dually fluid and tangible.

Under the tutelage of Pulp & Deckle, the artists experimented with a variety of woodfree materials (including abaca, cotton rag, natural dyes, and locally sourced plants and vegetables) to create bodies of work concerned with paper's pliable nature and capacity for layering.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Frederic W. Goudy Lecture, Workshop and Dinner at Scripps College

Fredric W. Goudy LECTURE
in Artist Books by Irene Chan
Irene Chan
Saturday, October 1, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Scripps College Humanities Auditorium
The Goudy Lecture is free and open to the public

Artist Irene Chan will talk about how her subject matter evolved from working with the ephemeral and the environment in Taoist philosophy to her personal experience of living as an Asian American. Her media are works on or of paper, printmaking, installation art, and book arts. In her one-person storytelling performances, Chan’s artist books start as traditional book forms and then transform into wearables and installation art.

Frederic W. Goudy WORKSHOP
Cut & Folded Books
Irene Chan
Scripps College Press
Cost: $75 (send check to reserve a space; see address below)

Participants will make a variety of book structures that are multi-dimensional and versatile, all from cutting and folding paper and board. Then more design and material possibilities will be explored by combining these forms in unusual ways. Additional alternative structures may be shown as time allows. All experience levels (including beginner) welcome.

Saturday, October 1, 2016
5:00 p.m.
Margaret Fowler Garden
Cost: $25 (send check to address below by September 22)
Reservations required