Play Versus Purpose #playwithpaperconnection The theme for my belated first contribution as Artist in Residence here at Paper Connection, evolved naturally out of a struggle that we all find ourselves up against at times in our creative practice. The list of what we think must get accomplished, or should happen a particular way oppresses us with expectation… Coupled with…

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Interview with Jason Patrician of Fish Bindery PCI: Thank you Jason for an amazing tour and introduction to your work at Fish Bindery. We appreciated your taking the time in November to show us examples of your work, and walk us through the studio. We couldn’t get over the number of exquisitely restored vintage presses,…

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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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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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Paper Connection had the privilege of assisting in with the paper for a very special exhibit honoring the life and artwork of    Yana Filkovsky-Saito.  Her surviving husband Zen Saito,  organized and curated this special showing of Yana’s photomontage images; she called “vertipology”, plus some color drawings.  The exhibit was called Half-Life-Time-Capsules and was displayed at Gallery Sitka from…

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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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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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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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We are rounding out 2014 with an interview with artist David A. Clark, who, much to our delight, paid us a visit to our warehouse and showroom! We enjoyed the visit, especially as things wind down as the year closes out. His perspective on handmade paper and printmaking gave us a renewed outlook as we focus on…

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He is an established letterpress printer in the Providence, RI, area, teaches letterpress at RISD, unique to say the least, and our Artist of the Month for January.  We wouldn’t want to start 2014 off any other way.  This has been a long time coming, as we have known Dan for many years.  It’s worth the…

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