PAPER and PAPERMAKING
Scaled dragon created and folded by Joseph Wu;
clicking the image will lead you to Joseph's homepage
The paper used for the dragon is Wyndstone's
Lethac parchment paper.
The background paper is Thai machine-made kozo-fibre
paper, an imitation of the Japanese hand-made 'chiri'.
(A Bunch of Origami Homepages)
OSN: The Origami Society of the Netherlands
please inform us about additional sites..
Any comments, questions??
The Arts of the Chinese Papercut
The art and craft of intricate papercutting is a very ancient one and requires a manual dexterity and steadiness which seems almost impossible for anyone to possess in this fast-paced machine driven age. But as one can see from our gallery, China is still home to a few of these skilled artisans. We have tried to make available several different types of papercuts including multilayered and multicolored ones though numbers of these more complex types are limited . We hope you find these pages entertaining and educational.
"Rubber stamping is an art all in itself, as a glance into the Remedial Rubber section will show. But time and time again, after the first excitement of rubber stamping has worn off, the fascination with paper and Paper Arts takes hold. There's little to wonder at here, as beautiful paper goes hand in hand with creating beautiful cards and rubber stamping adds even more dimension to little handmade books and handmade paper. How delightful the sense of self-satisfaction to create not only the art, but the paper it is presented on.
Papermaking and paper decorating techniques such as tissue dying and suminagashi are not all that difficult, and can usually be successfully accomplished with things we already have on hand from our stamping or other craft supplies. In Paper Artsyou will get an introduction to many of the easier methods and then you can follow along to the more difficult projects as you progress through the tutorials.
The first section on Exotic Papers will introduce you to some of the many beautiful papers that are available commercially. A few of these can be produced quite nicely at home, but most are products of specific cultures and the results of generations of passed on skills. These papers, in addition to the ones you can make and decorate yourself will supply you with unlimited avenues of creativity, both with the inclusion of rubber stamping and without. The following sections on papermaking, suminagashi, tissue dying, wax resist papers, wax embellished papers, and speckling and spattering techniques will explore many ways of making and decorating papers that you can do yourself. In time, sections on bookbinding and other paper arts will be added.
I hope that this little adventure into the Paper Arts will bring you as much information and enjoyment as exploring the many beautiful facets of the paper arts has brought to me."
Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts
Once upon a time, in 1992, a group of book artists, papermakers, printers, designers and calligraphers found themselves yearning for the perfect Book and Paper Center. They imagined a Center that would train the best, most talented people to become the most interesting, exciting new book and paper artists. They decided that the Center would offer many kinds of training: Master's Degrees, Continuing Education, Outreach Programs for children. They dreamt up a Center that was located in the center of a city in the center of the country, an enormous, 12,000 square foot Center with a Gallery, Papermaking studio, a Bindery, and a Letterpress studio. They imagined studios for the graduate students, a Resource Room full of reference books and AV equipment, a Voith Hollander beater, board shears, job backers, hot stampers, a guillotine, Vandercook and Chandler & Price presses, 500 drawers of type, hundreds of delicate brass tools for decorating books. They got themselves all excited thinking about the famous paper and book artists who would come to the Center to teach, and they imagined themselves passing their knowledge and skill on to a new generation of artists. And once they had imagined all that, they couldn't imagine why it shouldn't come true. And so it did.
traditional Mexican paper Bark
A good place for
information on the handmade traditional Mexican paper Bark, Caba,
Amate or Amatl. Masahiro Yoshida
Green Heron Book Arts offers bookmaking kits
- "From grief came a further endeavor, a seeking and a finding of a way
to express that which resists words. There is an ongoing need to turn
loss into discovery, to turn waste into a product, to turn pain into
meaning, to turn from despair to recovery.
Paper is a miracle to this writer. As a poet who works in an office
for a living, a lot of paper passes through my hands.
All my objects are made of retrieved (used and discarded) paper. Some
include lint from my dryer.
Some objects hold other used and discarded objects in their
structures: cans, cardboard, plastic.
Most do not. I am most delighted to let the paper take its own new
form and connect with itself.
I make few objects of strip papier maché since that technique
sometimes calls for tearing strips of unused paper.
My goal is to reuse, recycle, and repurpose materials in ways that
sing, reach, engage, speak."
a gallery of hand made Judaic Art and Crafts
Baskets, Vessels, Hangings, Woven and Paper Sculpture, Natural and Man-Made Fibers, Hand-spun Dyed Wool Mixed Media and two dimensional art
Anna's Book and Collage Pages
Peggy Crowe's homepage
Aunt Annie's Graft Page
"projects on handmade paper making are a great way to use paper scraps to make wonderfully textured paper. In these
projects we explore several paper making and paper pulp topics, including paper plying, cast paper sculptures, pulp
painting, embossing, and wire frame sculptures."
- Gail Stiffe,
Hands on Paper
"I have been making paper since 1984 and have been teaching adults since 1991. My interest began as a hobby but has
expanded to a way of life. My first contact with paper artists was in 1987 at the first Australian Paper Conference that was
held in Hobart in May of that year. Until that time I had been making cards from recycled paper and selling them through
several craft shops around Melbourne. Through this conference the papermakers in Melbourne met and decided to meet again.
From this Papermakers of Victoria was begun . I have been on the committee since the group was formed in 1989 and have
exhibited in each of the group shows since then, approximately one per year. I have also exhibited in other shows including
CAE tutors and students' shows at the Moore Gallery, Wesley College Art and Craft shows, Woodworkers Annual
Exhibitions and Meat Market Christmas Shows. I do just about all you can with paper. I cast it, paint with it, make books
and stationary with it and still make the cards that I started making over ten years ago. I have been very involved with the
group exhibition " Room for Paper" from the planning stages to making the installation."
PAPERMAKERS OF VICTORIA
Papermakers of Victoria Inc. was formed in January 1989 by a diverse
group of people, whose common bond was a love and understanding of
paper as a medium in its own right.
The purpose of the group is to provide mutual support for hand
papermakers through the exchange of ideas and information, discussion
It aims to promote the craft to a wider audience by a regular program of
exhibitions and workshops, and to encourage a greater appreciation of the
complex processes involved in the production of quality handmade
papers, from a diversity of fibres.
Papermakers of Victoria is open to anyone with an interest in paper,
whether professional or non-professional, in any associated area, and at
any level of expertise.
Assistance and advice are freely exchanged between members, who
include bookbinders, printmakers, collage and fibre artists, calligraphers
and paper conservators.
The group has members in all states and territories in Australia. The
Deckle Edge, our newsletter, is ciculated prior to each meeting. The group
has a library of books, magazines and other publications on papermaking
and related subjects which members may borrow for a nominal fee and
various items of equipment are available for hire by members.
Contact is maintained with other papermaking groups and kindred craft
organisations around Australia.
Members are willing to participate in demonstrations, festivals and happenings, etc., however organising bodies would be
expected to cover costs incurred in such participation.
Professional advice is available for a consultation fee.
- Castle Paper & Press
Castle Paper & Press
The main purpose of this page is to collect ideas for my forthcoming book
Papermaking: Tools of the Trade
but check out the other articles.
- Hand made paper and supplies
Galen Berry's Marble Art
ART on and of PAPER
Handmade Paper Art Objects by Jean Marvell.
As a watermedia painter, fascination with texture and surface led me to collage, and ultimately to papermaking. The versatility of paper pulp as a medium is especially challenging to me.
There can be no doubt that my work seeks to express the dynamics of nature in the Northwest--the unbalanced harmony, its tensions, unresolved conflict and contrasts, and especially its textures.
My process takes many avenues. By allowing the medium to assert its own original expression, I capitalize on the movement of the water and pulp in the vat to dictate the finished piece. I manipulate the pulp until I feel there is some form of reality emerging. At this time I may "paint with pulp". When the sheet is dry I may work into the forms the pulp has taken, using collage, painting or drawing...
To adapt to recent restraints imposed by late effects of polio I have begun to make artists books and smaller format pulp paintings. The books contain hand dyed and surface decorated handmade papers using embossing and frottage techniques, and sewn bindings. This format has the added appeal of allowing viewers to handle the papers and to experience an intimacy which is impossible in framed works.
P r i n t m a k i n g at MFA
- Offering one of the finest and most comprehensive printmaking facilities in the country, the program provides scope and flexibility through both its facilities and its faculty. Their interdisciplinary interests include additional work in painting, drawing, and photography, and is open to mixed media and bookarts. The studio is equipped for work in all the major media: lithography, silkscreen, intaglio, woodcut, papermaking, and fibercasting.
SAFER AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PRINTMAKING PROCESSES
- USING COMMON MATERIALS AVAILABLE IN EVERY COMMUNITY
Handmade Parchment & Vellum
- (by: Rick Cavasin)
For Calligraphy, Illumination, Bookbinding, and Musical Instruments.
All Parchments and Vellums are made by hand using traditional methods. Every effort is made to follow the procedures perfected by Medieval Craftsmen centuries ago.
- Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum der Deutschen Bücherei Leipzig
- German Museum of Book and Writing in Leipzig. Website offering informatiuon about activities of museum with large collection of paper and watermarks. Text is only in German.
- Teaching Hand Papermaking: A Classroom Guide
by Gloria Zmolek Smith
- the perfect reference book for teachers, parents, students or anyone who wants to learn how to make handmade paper.
The books shows you how to:
Make simple and inexpensive tools for papermaking;
Scrounge supplies when your budget is limited;
Purchase papermaking supplies;
Adapt tools and techniques to work in classroom settings;
Prepare paper for writing by using paper sizing;
Color pulp in various ways;
Manipulate pulp using several techniques including stencil and shaped -screen laminations; embedding, embossing, casting, pulp painting, and watermarks;
Enlist the help of parent volunteers and strengthen community support for the art program at your school;
Set up classrooms for making paper with large groups ;
Keep the floor dry during a 40-minute class with 25 enthusiastic papermakers, each making their own sheet of paper ;
Have students label papers while they are still wet ;
Get your students to do the clean-up;
Display studentsŐ handmade paper;
Integrate papermaking with the arts curricula of painting, printmaking, calligraphy, ceramics, fiber arts, photography, computer graphics, sculpture, theater, industrial arts;
Enhance multi-cultural studies by including papermaking;
Use papermaking as the ideal hands-on learning experience for units about the environment and recycling;
Integrate papermaking with the core curricula of Language Arts, Science, Mathematics.
- Dieu Donné Papermill
- A not-for-profit handmade paper studio located in the Soho art district of NewYork City. It was founded in 1976 to help revive the craft of hand papermaking and to explore papermaking's creative potential for contemporary art-making. Celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year with a number of events.
•produces archival paper for artists and conservators
•presents exhibitions of paper art
•collaborates with artists to create art in the handmade paper medium
•educates the public through lectures, classes and workshops
•and conducts an outreach program for New York City children in the public schools and at cultural institutions
- INST. OF PAPER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
- and the MUSEUM OF PAPERMAKING in Atlanta.
The Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking is an internationally renowned
resource on the history of paper and paper technology. In addition to more than 2,000 books, the
Museum features a remarkable collection of over 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools, machines,
and manuscripts. The museum and it's shop can be visited on-line.
- HANDMADE PAPERS
- at the University of Iowa Center For The Book. The majority of papers produced are designed for
conservation and book arts applications. However, many studio artists, designers, and other professionals have found these papers attractive and useful in a variety of applications.
- FIBER AND
- Bookbinding and Paper Arts in the Rocky Mountains. Workshop that June of 1996 is Celebrating it's First Year!
Fiber & Pulp carries over 300 papers from around the world. Specialized in the
"finest paper arts education available in the West".
- THE PULP AND PAPER JUMPLIST
- The ultimate source for paper. Every site you need to connect to can be found here. Over 150 links to: university paper school, research organizations, paper
manufacturers, etc, etc.
- Akira ISOGAI
Associate Professor, Ph. D. Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science Department of Forest Products Science.
- The Spread of
Papermaking in Europe
From Samarkand, papermaking spread to Baghdad in the 8th century AD and into Damascus,
Egypt, and Morocco by the 10th century. Many Chinese materials were not available to Middle
Eastern papermakers, who instead used flax and other substitute fibers, as well as a
human-powered triphammer to prepare the pulp.........
- The Papermaking Studio
- both facilitates required study in the Graphic Investigation Workshop and provides access for any other students who
wish to learn hand-made paper's methods and vocabularies. In the Studio's programmes students encounter both European and Oriental techniques, often synthesising the outcomes of both. Students are encouraged to
experiment with different papers and formats such as rag and long-fibre papers, book papers, and large-scale dimensional casts.
- TWINROCKER HANDMADE PAPER
- Established in 1971 by Kathryn and Howard Clark, Twinrocker Handmade Paper was pivotal to
the renaissance of hand papermaking in America. Combining their education in Fine Arts and
Mechanical Engineering, the Clarks began Twinrocker in San Francisco. Small and innovative,
Twinrocker encouraged the art world to appreciate the aesthetic importance of paper. The
demand for more affordable working space prompted a move to the family farm near the small
town of Brookston, Indiana. Thus, the challenging task of developing fine handmade papers and
reviving a national interest was born.
Twinrocker makes handmade papers from the finest cotton and linen rag, just as paper was made
in Europe centuries ago.
- THE FRIENDS OF DARD HUNTER, Inc.
- an international organization with diverse membership whose interests center around handmade paper and related arts and crafts.
- UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
- The PRAIRIE PAPER PROJECT: The Prairie Paper Project is an introduction to papermaking using straw. To further the connection
to the vanishing natural environment of the Midwest, straw is used from big bluestem grass, one of
the grasses that once towered over Iowa's tallgrass prairies. An even more impressive source of
straw for such a project would be reed fragmides grass, a wetland grass that grows to heights of
14 feet and is common in the northeastern United States. This grass is found in some wet roadside
ditches in eastern Iowa, particularly along the Great River Road. Fragmides is used as a source of
commercial pulp fiber in eastern europe.
- THE BRIAR PRESS METHOD
- Papermaking for home and school. ("There are a lot of ways to make paper, and many books that can give you detailed
instructions. The explanation to follow will make more sense if you browse through a
papermaking book before starting. I offer the following instructions from the viewpoint of
a self-taught amateur. This whole thing sounds much more complicated in writing than it really is,
so don't be scared off before you finish reading the instructions. You'd be missing a great
- SEASTONE PAPERS STUDIO
- on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Spring Papermaking Retreat.
- DUKE PAPYRUS ARCHIVE
electronic access to texts about and images of 1,373 papyri from ancient Egypt. The target audience includes: papyrologists. ancient historians, archaeologists, biblical scholars, classicists etc.
- PAPYROLOGY HOME PAGE
- Institutions of papyrology, scholarly literature, related web resources. Numerous links, both to American and European institutions. Starting point for papyrology research.
- PAOLA KATHURIA, MARBLING
- started experimenting with marbling in March 1992 when a long-time mail correspondent, Ranjit
Bhatnagar, came to visit her from the States. Samples shown in website are mostly the result of a craft
day with friends.
- MARBLE ARTS STUDIO
- contemporary marblers in the Italian tradition, with information on the history of marbling.
- producer and supplier of specialty
chemicals a.o.'s for papermaking.
- THE PAPER MILL CHANNEL
- an electronic marketplace and trade journal on CD-ROM. Distributed to paper professionals wordlwide.
- PAPER MOON
- and selftaught paper maker, Vikki Lever, handmade paper collages and video'S PRACTICAL PAPERMAKING.
- PORRIDGE PAPERS
- a hand papermill dedicated to
producing 100% recycled papers.(see also: the Three Bears Press)
- PULP AND PAPER NET
- designed to be an information and communication resource for pulp and paper producers
- THE ART OF AMELIA CHAPMAN
- handmade paper/mixed media
- THE BOOK ARTS COLLECTION
- limited editions, handmade papers. (
The Book Arts Collection is devoted to the history and art of the book. The research
component of the collection consists of over 3,500 volumes documenting all aspects
of book production -- papermaking, printing, illustration, binding, bibliography, and
publishing. In addition, there are over 4,000 volumes of specimens, ranging from the
great typographers such as Aldus, Baskerville and Bodoni up to the twentieth century
renaissance of modern fine printing. Here, for example, one can find works from the
Kelmscott Press side by side with works by contemporary book artists, such as
Claire Van Vliet, including limited editions, innovative binding structures, handmade
papers, and one-of-a-kind books.)
- RUSS JONES
- website, with a section on Marbleized Paper, examples and resources.
- ARCHIVE OF WATERMARKS AND PAPERS IN GREEK MANUSCRIPTS
- produced by Robert W.Allison, Ass.Prof. of Religion, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine and Research Fellow Ektaktikos of the Patriarchal Institute for
Patristic Studies in Thessaloniki. The archive is a research tool for scholars who work with Greek Manuscripts. It is, at the same time, a vehicle for scholarly publication of watermarks and paper discovered in Greek manuscripts.
From 10-13 October
1996 there will be the FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE HISTORY, FUNCTION, AND STUDY OF WATERMARKS, in Roanoke, Virginia.
A DIGITAL CATALOGUE OF WATERMARKS AND TYPE ORNAMENTS used by William Stansby in the printing of The Works of Benjamin Jonson (London 1616)
- SARABANDE'S PAPER TEXTURES
- package of fifteen very high resolution scans of handmade paper from around the world. Paper textures like Mexican bark and Japanese Kozo fiber have been converted into quality digital
information (scanned at 6,000 dpi). Thumbnails will automatically download to fixed disk when chosen.
- Handmade Parchment & Vellum,
- by: Rick Cavasin
For Calligraphy, Illumination, Bookbinding, and Musical Instruments. With information about the production of
parchment and a discussion about parchment versus vellum, and hints on use.
- BELOIT CORPORATION
- Papermaking machinery
- PAPERMAKING, Arizona State
- Papermaking at Arizona State University is offered as part of the printmaking area of the School of
Art, yet it is open to students of all disciplines including those outside the School. A general course
in hand papermaking is offered once a year by Professor John Risseeuw. This course covers the
history and science of papermaking; beating, with concentration on rag pulps; sheetmaking; plant
and alternative fibers, their treatment and uses; dimensional uses of pulp; additives; and Japanese
- EHIME HANDMADE PAPER
Iyo Handmade Paper (Kawanoe City), Shuso Handmade Paper (Touyo City), Ozu Handmade Paper (Isozaki Town, Nomura Town). The Three Styles of Handmade Japanese Paper
Each Have a History of Their Own
The history of paper making in Ehime dates back to the Nara Era
(710-794) and is mentioned in the historical book, 'Engi Bunken'. The Ozu
style of paper making is the oldest, and during the Edo Era (1603-1867)
it was regarded as paper of the highest quality. This durable, pure white
and high quality handmade paper is still made by the unique layering
method which has existed since ancient times. The Iyo style handmade
paper, which is thought to have been made in the Uma region during the
Edo Era, is presently being made in Kawanoe City and is well-known as
a superior quality paper for Japanese calligraphy. Shuso style handmade
paper, said to have started in the late Edo Era based on the skills of paper
making brought in from Tosa, is still in active production, making up 90
percent of all 'housho-shi' (high quality, fine textured handmade paper)
and 'dan-shi' produced in Japan.
Handmade Paper Gallery.
- NEPAL HANDMADE PAPER
"It's like writing on a cloud...perfect for poetry or
love letters. From the clouds of the Himalayas..." Handmade paper by award winning Nepalese woman.
- PAPER ARTS BULLETIN BOARD
In this board any type of crafts pertaining to rubber stamping, envy designing, paper making, paper twists crafts, etc. can be discused.
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