Thursday, September 23, 2010

Call for Reviews

The Southeast GBW is seeking a volunteer to submit a review of the Twinrocker Exhibition for posting to a new blog the national organization is starting. The review could be from 200-800 words, and preferably would include a few photos of the displays as well. (Details about the exhibition are in the previous post on this blog.)

This is a great way to share this important exhibition with book workers across the country who won't be able to attend. If you are attending the exhibition, would like to get published, and are willing to write a casual review, please respond to

Thanks for your help!

Emily Tipps, Chair SEGBW

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Twinrocker: Forty Years of Hand Papermaking

Kathryn Clark with Paper mould.

Exhibition Dates:
September 23, 2010 through December 17, 2010

Reception: Thursday, September 23, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM

The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia is proud to present Twinrocker: Forty Years of Hand Papermaking September 23, 2010 through December 17, 2010.

The opening reception will be at the Museum on Thursday evening, September 23, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Twinrocker Paper Mill founders Kathryn and Howard Clark will attend. Parking is ample, free, and secure.

When we think of great moments in history, we think of big events: the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first moon landing, the discovery of Penicillin. There are many more great moments, however, that are unknown to most of the world, yet they quietly change certain industries and even the way we live. Such was the founding of Twinrocker paper mill near Brookston, Indiana in 1971. The impact that Twinrocker's founders, Kathryn and Howard Clark, have had on hand papermaking in the United States and the process of creating Fine Arts Books over the past four decades will be celebrated in a 40th anniversary exhibit at the Museum. Twinrocker: Forty Years of Hand Papermaking will mark the first time this collection has ever been on public view.

Over the years, Twinrocker papers have appeared in the portfolios of some of American's most important artists and fine limited edition book publishers. The exhibit will include a number of these first edition fine art books, each a work of art in itself. Among the artists represented in the exhibit are Robert Rauschenberg, Sally Mann, Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning and Larry Rivers and others. A number of photos of the papermakers at work throughout the history of Twinrocker will be included.

Twinrocker: Forty Years of Hand Papermaking will trace the evolution of Twinrocker from the early years to the present. It's the story of rediscovering an almost-lost American craft, as well as the story of an enduring partnership and a small Midwestern business that triumphed through the Clarks' hard work, tenacity and talent.

Text and image above are from the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum website.

For more information, visit the museum website.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Friends of Dard Hunter Annual Meeting at Arrowmont School of Crafts in Tennessee

The Friends of Dard Hunter, hand papermakers, invites you to their annual meeting October 18-24 at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. This year we have added three days of classes before our conference. Our website has the complete listing of workshops, presenters, and demonstrations. Of particular interest to book artists are these classes:

Randy Arnold, a third generation woodworker, will send his students home with three wonderful bookmaking tools: a bone folder that conforms to your hand; a simple nipping press; and a punching cradle. You can see Randy's work on and

Jim Croft will teach tool making using bone and antler to make bonefolders, clasps, and buttons, and clasps for books. This podcast with Steve Miller will give you an idea of what Jim will do:

We are honored to have Tim Barrett, who was the first president of the Friends of Dard Hunter, come and talk at our conference. Tim Barrett got the McArthur Genius award in 2009 for his work making conservation papers. He will be at Arrowmont giving a lecture, and he is coming with his friend Jacques Brejoux, who has just finished building a medieval stamper in France
to create the best possible papers for conservators and artists.

Tim Barrett talks with Steve Miller in 2009 in another podcast:

Our website has information about the other classes: making a Hollander beater using materials from the hardware store; pulp painting; using Hanji to make wearable art; itajime for paper decorating, pulp spraying; making clay molds for paper casting, making a book with a photographic narrative, and miniature books.

Jill Littlewood
President, Friends of Dard Hunter, Inc.