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First interest in hand papermaking process: 1972
First piece of handmade paper: 1972
First handmade paper artwork: 1978
Beginning of active practice: 1980
Years teaching hand papermaking: summer worksho[ps 1970 to2000
In addition to creating artworks of handmade paper,I started to experiment with plant fibers as a papermaking material. I have continued as a matter of interest to investigate plant fibers, make them into samples, documenting their qualities, studying their strength , length and color. I have samples of my first amateurish sheets. I gave lectures and presentations at conferences and workshops and at educational institutions. I also served as technical advisor to the three projects : EDIBLE DRAWINGS of John Cage. To my knowledge they were the last visual artworks produced by John Cage. The projects were directed by Bernard toale and Joe Zina in Boston and at Snake Knob Paperworks in my studioo i Burnsville, N c over a three year period.
It would have been helpful in your survey questionaire, to have had a category for artists who worked in papermaking for many years, some of them from the very beginning to have had a way to list some of their achievements. Becoming less active or retired does not mean an artist stops contributing. Not for self-promotion but to be able to list achievements that added to the development of knowledge