Beverly Plummer

Address1710 Magnolia blvd. #502
Postal Code37212
Phone Number615-292-8533

First interest in hand papermaking process: 1972

First piece of handmade paper: 1972

First handmade paper artwork: 1978

Beginning of active practice: 1980


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Beverly's Work in Hand Papermaking:

  1. Artist who uses handmade paper for book arts
  2. Educator or researcher who lectures about hand papermaking
  3. Educator who teaches hand papermaking (any facet)
  4. Researcher making handmade paper
  5. Writer on topics related to hand papermaking
  6. Other : retired from: teaching,writing,on-going research in vegetable fibers for papermaking

Beverly's Introduction to Hand Papermaking:

  1. Dialog with peers

Influences on Beverly's Work in Hand Papermaking:

Publications initially important to Beverly:

  1. papermaking in america : Dard Hunter
  2. The Art of Papermaking : Bernard Toale
  3. Elements of Botany : J Y Bergen
  4. International Conference of Hand Papermake g : members of Conference
  5. Gathering of Papermakers : Elaine Koretsky

Publications eventually important to Beverly:

  1. Conversing with Cage : Richarad Kostelanetz
  2. Fine Printmaking : null
  3. Making paper with plants : Lilian Bell

Countries where Beverly's studied:

Raw materials used by Beverly in Hand Papermaking:

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Chemicals used by Beverly for cooking fibers in Hand Papermaking:

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Tools and methods used by Beverly for beating in Hand Papermaking:

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Style of sheet forming used by Beverly in Hand Papermaking:

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Years teaching hand papermaking: summer worksho[ps 1970 to2000

Teaching formats used by Beverly:

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Beverly's Income Contribution from Hand Papermaking:

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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