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 Jurors, venues, and additional information will be available in May 2017. In the meantime, the Organizing Committee at 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 has been developed since the founding of HEEED Malawi by WWF Finland in 2004 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 For more information please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Addie Lindseth ( and

Monday, January 16, 2017

Exhibition Opportunity for Nonesuch Art of Paper Awards

Main & Station is pleased to announce the 2nd edition of the international NONESUCH ART OF PAPER AWARDS.

These awards are open to all artists.

Finalist works will be included in 2 Canadian exhibitions: in Montréal, Québec and in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.
The awards consist of cash and residencies valued at over $ 21,000.00:

. The Nonesuch Best Work Award
. L’Usine de Papier Award
. The Main & Station Award
. The Griffintown Award
. The Wellington Church Award

Submission Deadline: 30 April, 2017

For the first edition 230 entries were received from 17 different countries, including Argentina, Australia, Estonia, France, Italy, Israel, Japan, Spain, and the United States of America. Over 35 submissions came from artists living in the Maritime Provinces and over 55 from the island of Montreal.

More than 70 works of art were shown in the two finalist exhibitions. The diverse works created on or with paper included drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, crochet hangings, origami, photography, collage and hand-made books by artists from all over the world and from around the corner.

Over 700 visitors participated in the public ballots to select the winner(s) of the Wellington Church Award, the people’s choice award.

For additional details on the awards and information about how to apply, please go to the website ...

Monday, January 2, 2017

Italian Art of Papermaking Is Subject of New Library Publication

When the Arab art of papermaking by hand came to the Italian peninsula in the 13th century, the city of Fabriano was well-positioned to become the heart of the artisan craft.

Published by the Library of Congress in association with Oak Knoll Press, “Fabriano: City of Medieval and Renaissance Papermaking” by Sylvia Rodgers Albro describes the role that this Italian city played in the craft.

Albro, a senior paper conservator at the Library of Congress, details technical advancements introduced in Fabriano, including machinery and equipment, use of watermarks and improvements in the physical processes of papermaking. As a result of these innovations, Fabriano and other centers in Italy developed along similar lines. Italian hand-made paper was unrivaled in Europe from the 14th to the 18th centuries. The lustrous white sheets were favored by merchants and artists like Michelangelo, princes and popes and a growing international clientele. Many books, prints and manuscripts made with Italian paper from this time period have survived in remarkably pristine condition, retaining qualities still imitated by modern papermakers.

Albro analyzes the conditions that have kept Fabriano’s papermaking industry successful since the medieval period, while other areas ceased production. More than half of the book’s 230 illustrations—from rare books, prints, drawings, maps and manuscripts from the 13th to 19th centuries—are from the Library’s collections.

“Fabriano” was published with support from the Library’s first John W. Kluge Staff Fellowship and a publication grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

“Fabriano,” a 216-page hardcover book with 230 illustrations, is available for $95 in the Library of Congress Shop, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20540-4985. Credit-card orders are taken at (888) 682-3557 or The book is published on Onyx paper—a high-quality, uncoated paper made of ECP (elemental chlorine free) pure celluolose pulp—fabricated and donated by the Cartiere Miliani Fabriano-Fedrigoni Group of Fabriano, Italy.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at, and register creative works of authorship at

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Earth | Paper | Sky 2016 - John Risseeuw, 2016 Anita Lynn Forgach Keynote Lecture

John Risseeuw, 2016 Anita Lynn Forgach Keynote Lecture, by Paul Romaine

President Jennifer Baker introduced John Risseeuw of Cabbagehead Press with a short, thoughtful speech about the importance of teaching to sustaining hand papermaking. Displaying the Hand Papermaking Family Tree, a family tree printed in the journal Hand Papermaking, based on a survey of 80 contemporary paper makers, Baker noted how "teachers build our community" and asked everyone to "honor the teacher of your teacher and your teacher's teacher, and their teacher," and so she thanked Andrea Peterson for bringing her to the craft. The map/tree is online at

Baker acknowledged John Risseeuw as one such teacher, who had learned and shared the craft at Arizona State University from which he recently retired. A founding president of the College Book Art Association, he also had a long and proud history in using printmaking, papermaking, and letterpress for social activism.

John Risseeuw thanked Baker for her remarks and the Friends for honoring him in having him deliver the 2016 Anita Lynn Forgach Keynote Lecture. He began his talk by noting the many interesting topics in papermaking which he would love to see researched and published by hand papermaking researchers:
  • Cotton fiber: we don’t know enough about how the manufacturing process affects cotton fiber in papermaking. For example, does mercerization change the fiber for beating? What are the effects on paper fiber of other industrial processes, such as those making fabrics wrinkle-free or flame-retardant? Is there a species of cotton that beats better or is processing more important or are other factors involved?
  • Silk paper. Silk isn't cellulose, it's a protein, but how, from a chemical or molecular perspective, does silk make such great paper?
  • Basket fibers. There should be more research on using indigenous basket fibers in papermaking--it's an under-studied area.
  • Quarto and laid paper moulds. Were there ever vertical laid moulds? Printers and librarians know that printers have long preferred to have laid lines horizontal to the text, but in quarto format books, the laid lines are vertical. Did a printer ever commission a vertical laid mould? It was always said to be never done, but have there been exceptions?

  • Paper presses. What were the technical differences between different types of presses and how did the pressure levels of 40 pounds vs 40 tons affect the resulting paper and at what threshold levels did those changes occur? Yes, higher pressures made papers resemble calendared sheets, but with what different pressure levels? From a technical perspective, what were those differences, and what are the threshold pressure levels? What are the advantages of a very powerful press? This seemed to be an incredibly important issue, for all papermakers. Perhaps it would do something to reduce press envy.

Internship Opportunity at Dieu Donne in NYC - Dec. 19th Deadline!

Dieu Donné offers a limited number of internship opportunities for students and artists interested in learning aspects of working in a non-profit contemporary artist workspace. The internship program follows the academic calendar with three cycles (Fall: September - December; Spring: January - May; Summer: June - August), and full-semester internships are preferred.

Internship Program
Dieu Donné offers a limited number of internship opportunities for students and artists interested in learning aspects of working in a non-profit contemporary artist workspace. The internship program follows the academic calendar with three annual cycles (Fall, Spring, Summer). Internships are unpaid, however participants earn credit toward studio time at Dieu Donné. University or High School credit can be accommodated for participating institutions.