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First interest in hand papermaking process: 1971
First piece of handmade paper: 1972
First handmade paper artwork: 1972
Beginning of active practice: 1982
Years teaching hand papermaking: 1982-present
Although I learned the absolute basics from Walter Hamady, I did not study with him and worked out a lot on my own. Joe Wilfer offered some advice while Walter was on leave (my graduate days). Afterword, i worked out a refined and scientifically-explained process of papermaking by reading and speaking to the Clarks and other mature papermakers at meetings and conferences. Several paper production projects for printmaking and bookmaking taught me a great deal by sheer volume of activity and problem solving. Over years of teaching and requiring students to do both rag and plant fiber batches, I also learned more about the aspects of different fibers. Collaboration projects were important in pushing technique and experimentation. Visits, later on, to established mills like Dieu Donné, Twinrocker, and elsewhere all added bits of information, as did attendance at Friends of Dard Hunter meetings. It took decades to achieve some level of complete understanding of the paper process and the ability to use it confidently for paper art purposes.