After spending some quality time with artist Bess Frimodig, I learned about this important project: 20 Coastal Stations.  Although seemingly remote from my path, this exciting idea is most certainly within my small and connected planet.  The opportunity to embrace some unchartered territories appeared before me. My company, Paper Connection is happy to support the artists…

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A couple of us PAPERWOMEN-on-the-road had a great time visit­ing Print Club LTD. studios earlier t­his month. The best part is they’re now ­in the Providence area! We loved meeting­ with Ms. Liz Corkery in her space this time and forging a further paper bond with her. ­ She had visited us at Paper Connection’s warehouse…

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What do all these have in common? They are all being celebrated at this year’s Southern Graphics Council International Conference, hosted by the Pacific Northwest College of Art. This year’s theme is FLUX, and appropriately so, as today’s artists draw on their talents, resources, and inspiration in response to changing times in the printmaking world. As…

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sculpture, 3-D design, mixed media paper structure, puppets

This month we turn to a local artist who not only uses handmade paper as a material in her mixed media sculptures, but also uses it to teach young ones to respect the environment and become active participants in caring for it. Meet Lisa Abbatomarco and her unique approach to handmade paper. She has been an…

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How is your summer going? Ours is busy, although we have been able to enjoy the fruits of our labor along with a Sunday stroll along the shore, (we are privileged living on the East Coast, despite the winters).  It may be hot, but summer brings its own inspiration: seasonal fruits, sunsets, and back at the…

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We here at Paper Connection International have come out of hibernation, finally, after a long, New England winter.  Of course the snow has been long gone, but it seemed like cold weather would just never end, and all the elements with it-curling up in our sweaters and scarves, cradling our teas, looking for inspiration in a sunny day.…

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Without a doubt Koreans are passionate about their kimchi and have successfully shown the rest of the world what they’re boasting about. After attending a hanji-Korean paper- symposium entitled ” A Thousand Years Old Hanji, Meets the World” , I have no doubt hanji too will soon be rolling off everyone’s tongue!  Hanji is one…

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We met Helen Hiebert back in the early ’90s, in SoHo, NYC at Dieu Donné Papermill , and have since watched her blossom into truly a paperwoman extraordinaire. In our conversation below, we discuss handmade paper with Helen, who has cultivated a solid reputation as an educator, artist, writer and champion of the art of paper.  Enjoy her musings on handmade paper,…

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It’s been a while since we last interviewed an Artist of the Month, as we had a busy summer gearing up for shows, like this one. We have also been working on this shop, which is very exciting.  Alas, no excuses, and we have a very special interview with Ms. Leni Fried, who we have visited…

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What is “mokuhanga“? The Japanese woodblock print or mokuhanga, is a precise, multi-step printmaking technique, using water-based pigments applied with brushes, not rollers.  The latter may give you some of idea of how mokuhanga differs from the western woodcut print.  The paper (usually washi) is moistened, laid on block and a baren is used to rub…

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