With expressive and thoughtful line, Nichol Markowitz‘s work engages the fragility of memories and our conceptions of the self.  In her words: “As a species our history is preserved through the collective human consciousness; our bodies vessels for the past and the present, knowledge, memory, legends and thought.”   The imagery is evocative and driven by…

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Part 2 – Wonderful Washi While washi  (Japanese paper) is a long-lasting Japanese traditional craft, how it became an important part of Japanese culture is almost forgotten even by most Japanese.  In thinking about washi’s role in etiquette, social rituals, and some possibly overlooked utilitarian uses,  in this post, I want to show you some of…

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Paper Wrapping as Ritual Although no longer an inexpensive wrap, receiving and giving a gift wrapped in washi, no doubt, evokes for paper lovers a seductive charm.  For the Japanese, washi carries a deeper meaning; simply touching it resurrects nostalgic thoughts of the old days. Cash, either in the form of paper bills or coins, is…

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Part I ­­– Inspiration:  My passion for washi (Japanese paper) and washi craft objects was sparked in the late 60’s when my mother returned from visiting Japan with a suitcase full of goodies.  My attraction to anything paper grew strong, as did my intention to visit Japan someday. Fast forward to the 1980’s; I moved to Japan, and while…

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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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Many of our readers are quite knowledgeable when it comes to sizing your own paper, especially sizing your “go-to” paper. Here is a step-by-step “recipe” for cooking up your own sizing and applying it to your favorite Eastern paper. The photos shown here are mostly depicting sizing made from wheat starch.  Nope!, it’s not a…

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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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