28 October 2010

Recent Work

 cotton paper, cast abaca pulp, hand embroidery and beading

cast abaca pulp, heat dried

27 October 2010

Paper Shredder!

I finally broke down and invested in a papershredder. This turned out to be the best idea ever. I processed 7 pounds of paper scraps in two hours. By hand, this would have taken weeks. This will equal about 200 new sheets of paper!

24 October 2010

15 October 2010

13 October 2010

This week I've been a binding machine and this is what I have to show for it. 

Today is Kate Smithson's Birthday, so I made her this tiny sketchbook.
Hope she likes it!

This is Samantha Freese in her studio 
and she wanted to show you some watercolourings she did on my handmade paper. 
Thank you Sami, they look great!

11 October 2010

Late Night PaperSorting&EnvelopeMaking

total: 226 sheets of paper in 3 weeks
I'm impressed

my first successful envelope!

envelope glue from Carriage House
yes, the lick and stick kind
is basically caramel

Jennie Frederick!

I had the delightful opportunity to visit Jennie Frederick's studio this weekend. Jennie is a major papermaking force in the Kansas City metro area. After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute in the 70s, she studied with Twinrocker, a major studio and now supplier. She then returned to teach papermaking at KCAI, then at Metropolitan Community College. For years, she ran a paper studio in Kansas City, where she collaborated with artists and writers, even Hallmark commissioned her for a line of cards. A few years ago she moved out to her family's land and build herself a home and studio. Needless to say, Jennie is a papermaking expert, but she is also a very sweet and giving woman.

view of her studio from the third level 

Jennie shares her paper collection
this is a carrot paper, I believe it was made by Bernard Toale

A few objects of interest from her research travels in central and south America

Jennie's cute portable press

her recent work, above her couch

08 October 2010

  Are you familiar with Potter Richard Bresnahan? Recently I watched “Clay, Wood, Fire, Spirit: The Pottery of Richard Bresnehan.” Seeing the way in which Bresnehan works has changed the way I think about my own studio practice.

This hefty stack of paper is what I have been working on for the past three weeks. There's a lot of good stuff in here. Four different colours of recycled print papers, two colours of recycled waste paper and an experimental dryer lint paper.

I am interested in sustainable paper craft, and uniquely recycled papers. 

06 October 2010


I am a senior at the Kansas City Art Institute, majoring in Printmaking and Art History. A couple years ago, I took a class with fiber instructor Tracy Krumm called "Materials and Methods." This class gave an introductory lesson in hand papermaking, and I was hooked. The next semester, I completed an independent study, researching ways to interconnect paper and print, and practicing my craft. This year, I an the studio technician. This allows me to have my own studio space within the papermaking studio. I am also responsible for making improvements to the studio, and helping students to use the studio. As part of my studio practice, I now work with other students to teach them how to make paper, and to help them with specific paper projects, like pulp paintings or sculptures. I also make custom papers for print editions and other applications. 

I am a Paper Evangelist. 

I love paper and I want other people to love it too.