Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…or so it usually goes – but, with a 55 degree New Year’s day it seems like a far off notion. Maybe we need to come up with a little “snow dance?” For now, we will share a simple snowflake fold that is quick and easy. Make…

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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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Maybe you have dabbled in alternative printing for photography, maybe you miss the good ole’ days of film and a 35mm, or maybe you look back at historical photographs over a century ago, and wonder, ‘how did they do it?’ Regardless of which of the above categories you may fall into, you will be inspired and…

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A new year, and new papers! As we say good bye to 2016, we look ahead to a year full of making great art and using great paper!  As we expand our line of fine art papers, we hope that this new selection will be among your new favorites for 2017. See what’s new: Bunkoshi: a sturdy,…

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For you super organized people, we have good news. For you not-so organized people, we have good news.  And for those who can’t wait to start shopping for gifts, even better news. We got you covered for 2017-calendar-wise anyway.  (Calendars are already selling a fast clip, so get your orders in!). You have so many…

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As my feet touch the ground in Japan, and I try to adjust my internal clock to Tokyo time, I still am coming off a papermaking and printmaking high that started in Portland.  No, it’s not because of any legal herbs or ink fumes, but the genuine love of both arts (and the city of…

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Do you have the winter blues? Right now, if you are in the New England area, you might say: “yes!” We have had quite the winter so far, with snowstorm after snowstorm, and bitter cold to boot. However, with my amazing staff we have been able to keep our tight paper-ship running, sending out orders, and…

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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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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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