Tuesday, April 19, 2016

IAPMA Membership Drive and Bulletin Fundraiser

Fellow papermaking organization IAPMA is running a MEMBERSHIP DRIVE and BULLETIN FUNDRAISER called “Boost the Bulletin.” They are trying to reach new members and reach a wider audience for the Bulletin. IAPMA is looking to sustain and exceed their high quality of printing, design, and editorial work going into the future. If you are not a member, consider joining IAPMA or making a donation at the level of your choosing to receive your own copy of this year’s Deluxe Bulletin, including a special poster with 12 handmade paper swatches, or any of the wonderful “thank you” gifts!

The IAPMA fundraising campaign is here: http://igg.me/at/IAPMAbulletin and will close on May 15th. Help spread the love of paper art around the world!

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Mills College Summer Institute for Book & Print Technologies June 26 – July 1, 2016

Mills College has a long history of teaching book art at the college level, starting with the founding of the Eucalyptus Press in 1930. In the 1980’s, the first separate graduate degree-granting program in Book Art in the nation was developed at Mills. Today, the Mills College Book Art Program includes an MFA program in Book Art and Creative Writing as well as one of the most comprehensive undergraduate programs in the country. We are pleased to announce that we are extending our programming to include a one-week summer institute in book and print technologies that is open to members of the national book art community. The summer institute offers workshops at the master class level, one in material technologies in bookbinding and bookmaking, and one in letterpress and related print technologies. Workshops will be fast-paced and taught at an advanced level. All participants must have prior experience in bookmaking and/or letterpress printing.

The book art studios at Mills College are spacious and well equipped and set within the beautiful Mills College campus in the heart of Oakland. There is a vibrant book art community in the San Francisco Bay Area and participants are encouraged to extend their stay for a few days before or after the summer institute in order to visit places such as the San Francisco Center for the Book, The American Bookbinders Museum and the Letterform Archive, to name a few.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Apply for The Morgan Conservatory's Artist-in-Residence Program, Deadline April 1st

The Morgan is thrilled to announce its new Artist-in-Residence (AIR) opportunity. The residency period runs throughout the year and can be scheduled for anywhere between a few weeks to a few months, depending on the project and work being produced. Selected artists are expected to follow studio rules and cleanup policies at all times during their residency. Artists are required to submit a brief project proposal outlining their timeline and studios needed.

The Morgan provides 24-hour access to its bindery, papermaking and printing studios. In return we ask the artists to contribute to the community by giving an artist talk, demo or open studio. We also request that the artist donates a piece of work created during their time at the Morgan for our archives. At this time, we are unable to offer a materials stipend. Housing is not provided for artists, but may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Deadline: April 1, 2016


  • 1 page project proposal outlining your project
  • A detailed timeline with studios needed
  • Current CV (no more than 3 pages)
  • An artist statement
  • 10-15 images of work created in the past 5 years compiled together in one PDF file
  • An image list detailing dimensions, media, materials and year.
  • Submit your application to Program@MorganConservatory.org

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


The Hayle Mill photographic archive is the best collection illustrating papermaking in the UK and dates back to 1870. Apart from a large collection of prints on paper, Simon Barcham Green also owns a significant collection of 7x7 inch glass plate negatives. Some of these are wet collodion. The detail on them is very fine, despite their age but they are all a moment away from a disastrous accident.

To both protect the image content against accidents and to enable the images to be viewed through the internet, Kent Photo Archive is in the process of digitising the entire collection. Roger Smoothy scans and cleans the images electronically and Roy Moore loads them on their website. All of the glass plate negatives of Hayle Mill are now on line and work will continue on the prints for many months ahead.

THE WEBSITE - www.kentphotoarchive.com - is a UK based non-commercial site dedicated to preserving old images of the County of Kent in the UK. It is run and maintained by a small group of enthusiastic volunteers interested in restoring , displaying and making digital copies of original material available for the public to view.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Paper Biennial Rijswijk 2016

Paper Biennial Rijswijk 2016

11 June - 18 September 2016

A swarm of thousands of sheets of crumpled papers, hung on thin wires, symbolic of thousands of ideas that have landed in the rubbish bin. A petit backyard made of paper, charcoal and plexiglass – life-like but sinister too. Vines of cardboard that twist and turn towards the sky, like a jungle. Organic forms like microbes, of self-made paper. But also, paper and geometry in folded, kinetic sculptures. Paper beyond boundaries through the use of digital technology. And… romantic viewing boxes with fragile plant structures impaled on pins.

This summer, once again, the 11th Paper Biennial is submerging Museum Rijswijk in the multifaceted world of paper. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Norma B. Rubovits 1918 - 2016

The book arts community lost a good friend this week Wednesday, when Norma B. Rubovits died at the age of 97. She was a pioneering paper marbler, imaginative bookbinder, major collector and donor. For decades from the 1960s well into the current century, she had a role to play in Chicago book arts and at the Newberry Library. The Newberry hosted a retrospective exhibition of her work in 2010 that celebrated her international renown.

Norma's story is one of determined craft, original thinking, and careful collecting, but it started almost by chance. One day in 1964, Norma's husband Frank asked her if she wanted to take a binding class with him. He had inherited a collection of deteriorating books from his grandfather’s library. Norma said "Why not?" and off they went - to study with Elizabeth Kner, a well- known Hungarian émigré binder with a studio in the Printer's Row area of Chicago. Although Norma became an accomplished binder, her attention soon turned to marbled papers. She taught herself to make marbled paper, by referring to old manuals and sample books at the Newberry, and also by seeking out and getting to know others interested in the art. Her papers were accomplished enough that Jim Wells bought some for use in the Newberry Library bindery, and other customers lined up too. But Norma was not content to produce sheet after sheet of beautiful but predictable papers. She started experimenting with smaller marbles that took up only part of a sheet and eventually came to place these compositions toward the center, using the sheet as a sort of frame. She first referred to these as marbled "doodles" and later "mono-prints," but finally settled on "vignettes." The marbling world had never seen anything like them, and they caused a stir. The Chicago Public Library included her prominently in an exhibit in 1969. She got invitations to exhibit her papers and bindings in group shows locally, nationally, and internationally. She visited Turkey, then as now a center of the marbling world, and corresponded with marblers everywhere. Her international reputation was further solidified in 1992 when Dawson's Bookshop in Los Angeles issued Marbled Vignettes, a limited edition of original miniature marbles along with an accompanying interview in which Norma described her methods and aesthetic.

From the start, Norma Rubovits collected everything she could find on the art of marbling, including copies of the rare manuals she had seen at the Newberry and hundreds of other works about paper, binding, and related book arts. She built a huge collection of papers made by others, largely by purchasing or trading some of her sheets for some of theirs. She often told the story of how shocked and pleased she was when Newberry’s curator, James Wells expressed interest in keeping her papers as part of the John. M. Wing Foundation. But Wells retired soon after and he referred her to "the new guy," Paul Gehl. Norma's major gifts to the Newberry began in 1991 and continued for over a decade. As recently as last year she was adding individual papers and books. The collection is always growing in other ways too. Marblers and authors on paper continue to send their work to the Newberry in Norma's honor. Norma also endowed a book fund at the Newberry for the purchase of books on binding and decorated papers. The collection now numbers more than 4000 marbled pieces and more than 170 books, including many of Norma's own bindings.

Many will mourn Norma as artist and friend. Born Norma Bloch on August 26, 1918 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma and came to Chicago to work at the University of Chicago hospitals as a dietitian.  It was during this time she met Dr. Frank E. Rubovits, an obstetrician-gynecologist from an established Chicago family. They raised two daughters: Paula, an artist and model, and Randi, a psychiatrist. Frank died in 1987, Paula in 1988. Norma died March 16, 2016. Randi Rubovits-Seitz is the sole immediate survivor. A memorial is being planned.

Friday, March 18, 2016


KBAC-Hiebert-Print-Fertilize.jpg: Fertilize © Helen Hiebert
KBAC-Hiebert-Print-Pop-UP-Hand-Shadow.jpg: Pop-UP Hand Shadow Book © Helen Hiebert

The Secret Life of Paper: 25 Years of Works in Paper by Helen Hiebert
April 8 – 29, 2016

Artist Talk: Wed, April 6, 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Western Michigan University, Frostic School of Art, Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Room 2008

Artist Reception: Fri, April 8, 6 – 9 p.m. at KBAC

Workshop: Innovations in Paper Weaving: Sat, April 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at KBAC

Location: Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC), 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave. Suite 103A, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Website: kalbookarts.org

Sponsored by the KBAC, the Southwest Michigan Paper Guild, Western Michigan University Visiting Scholars and Artists Program, and Friends of WMU Libraries.

Helen Hiebert – A 25 Year Retrospective

Helen Hiebert discovered paper as an art medium in 1991, when she interned at Dieu Donné Papermill in New York City.

The highlight of Hiebert’s exhibition at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center is a repertoire of artist’s books, a collection of artworks that focus on the intriguing properties of abaca, a fiber that she has been investigating for 20-plus years of working in the medium, and has illustrated in a film, Water Paper Time, that documents the properties of abaca through time-lapse imagery.

Hiebert tells us: “My work examines the intangible and the ethereal, the magical and the mysterious, in a visual format. Working like a scientist, I conduct experiments with paper pulp. I initiate a deliberate action—embedding a string between two wet sheets, cutting a hole in or nailing a wet sheet to the wall—to interrupt the papermaking process and irrevocably alter the sheet of paper. But unlike a scientist, who sets out to break nature down into its component parts to analyze the relationship of those parts, as an artist, I juxtapose different features of reality and synthesize them, so that upon completion, the whole work is greater than the sum of its parts.”

View the film trailer at: youtube.com/watch?v=ec0_VMSn_c8

From a studio in a mountain-town schoolhouse in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Helen Hiebert constructs installations, sculptures, films, artists’ books, and works in paper using handmade paper as her primary medium. She is the author of five books including The Papermaker’s Companion, Playing with Pop-Ups, and Playing with Paper. She has taught all over the world at venues such as the PapierWespe in Austria, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Dieu Donné Papermill in New York, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Hiebert has served on the boards of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists and Hand Papermaking Magazine. You can view her work at helenhiebertstudio.com or read her weekly blog, The Sunday Paper at helenhiebertstudio.com/blog.