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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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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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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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 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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