Paper Connection was thrilled to visit Puerto Rican printmaker and book artist Mariana Ramos Ortiz at Brown University’s Walter Feldman Book Arts Studio. Mariana was a visiting scholar at Brown. Her politically engaged work is charged with bold and beautiful block prints.  Collaboration Mariana collaborated with Brown literary arts lecturer, Erica Mena on a handmade book about…

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Many moons ago, on a few occasions, we were lucky to have Chuck Lathrop visit Paper Connection.  Back then, Chuck Lathrop lived in nearby Massachusetts and was part of the Monotype Guild of New England.  Chuck exposed us to his brave approach to  print on ANY surface, resulting in cutting-edge, bold and abstract prints, and…

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Chigiri-e literally means torn paper collage.  Chigiri (pronounced with a hard “g”)  and e (pronounced like “ay” as in “hay”.  Chigiri is the noun form of the verb “to tear” and e is any kind of art picture: collage, painting, drawing, etc. When you see one of these detailed collages in person, it’s hard to…

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No, this is not my latest take on being an ex-pat in Japan, nor any modern insight in culture clash trends for 2011.  Rather, as I looked with fresh eyes at Itajime paper, I could not help but notice similarities to Rorshach tests.   Is it just me?  Or is it a self-fulfilling diagnosis?  What do…

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NYC was wonderful in so many ways.  At the National Stationery Show, I reconnected with some favorite customers and it was great to see familiar faces.  Oblation recently requested these kites, which, in the frenzy of selling paper in sheets, I sometimes forget about…. These ARE really special; they feel like a new arrival.  Or…

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May is a great time to head to the city.  The weather was perfect last week- dry, sunny.     Here’s the May sky at Lexington around 30th Street. Was in NYC for a networking event called “Rock the World”  sponsored by the on-line, woman’s entrepreneur group called Savor the Success, with my RI associate, Joan M.…

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Just back from Philly after attending the annual Southern Graphics Conference 2010. What a great show,  full of great people,  and innovative ideas for printmaking.  Check out the fun here. Backed Gampi, of course, was a hit, as well as our exclusive Laurelai and An-Jing papers…we loved hearing the feedback from those who bought our…

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