All thanks to attending Matrices in October 2018, I returned to Iowa City 28 years later!  This is where the seeds of my idea to form an independent, handmade paper business were sowed and fertilized.  So I am still here, almost 3 decades later, with a fully grown paper business!: Paper Connection in Providence, RI. Above the “guru”…

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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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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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It sounds a bit cliché to say one’s art is a metaphor of someone’s life, but in the case of Ilse Nesbitt, this cliché is so fitting.  Ilse’s handmade paper and artwork are embodied in her daily life, and her daily life is completely integrated into the paper and prints she produces.  Almost like a…

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If you’re local, our warehouse is open again for SHOP SMALL SATURDAY November 26, 10:30am-3:30pm. 2017 Calendars, decorative handmade papers: hand-marbled papers, recycled cotton silkscreened papers, woodblocked papers from Nepal,  blank notecard sets, bulk vellum envelopes, Japanese fabric stickers, masa printmaking papers, paper sachets, scented greeting cards, paper balloons,  print your own- ink-jet compatible washi…

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Papel Amate (or amatyl) although it comes in sheets, is technically not formed the same way paper is.  It is referred to as “bark cloth”, “paper cloth” and as “paper”, depending on who you talk to.   The most significant fact is that the oldest codex known was made from amate in the pre-columbian era.  The fibers are…

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Well believe it or not, I rarely get a chance to actually pull sheets, make artwork or do anything with paper except count it, wrap it and ship it. But just last month I had a full day finally using that other side of my brain. Yes!  A whole day of paper making with Michelle Samour at…

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