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!
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
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.
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.