Sandy Kinnee

Address1202 N. Institute
CityColorado Springs
Postal Code80903
Phone Number719 291 5758

First interest in hand papermaking process: 1969

First piece of handmade paper: 1972

First handmade paper artwork: 1973

Beginning of active practice: 1974


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Sandy's Work in Hand Papermaking:

  1. Artist who uses papermaking for two-dimensional work
  2. Educator or researcher who lectures about hand papermaking
  3. Educator who teaches hand papermaking (any facet)
  4. Production hand papermaker

Sandy's Introduction to Hand Papermaking:

  1. An individual

Influences on Sandy's Work in Hand Papermaking:

Publications initially important to Sandy:

  1. Papermaking : Dard Hunter

Publications eventually important to Sandy:

  1. papermaking : Hunter

Countries where Sandy's studied:

  1. Switzerland : Basel Paper Mill
    1. visit to mill or artist studio

Raw materials used by Sandy in Hand Papermaking:

Chemicals used by Sandy for cooking fibers in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

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

Used Routinely
  1. Hollander beater
Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Style of sheet forming used by Sandy in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Years teaching hand papermaking: 1977 - 1980

Teaching formats used by Sandy:

Used Routinely
Used Sometimes
  1. other : Crystal Productions Slide and Video programs, produced about 1979, with Jules Heller

Sandy's Income Contribution from Hand Papermaking:

  1. no comment


I first saw paper being made at Cranbrook, in 1969 , Sometime later Aris Koutrulis, at Wayne State University, taught me how to form sheets. I used the mill at WSU until for more than a year. I participated in the design and marketing of the Davis-Hodges Hollander. In 1980 Howardeena Pindell headed the first CAA panel on handmade paper, in New Orleans. I was the only male on the panel. Helen Frederick chaired the 2007 panel, "Why Make Paper?". again, I was the only male. I presented "The Mummy's Curse and The Armani Suit" ( read my links to my PAPER writing - ) Noteworthy individuals within the paparmaking community: Nancy Bonior, who taught me more than Aris Koutrulis.Jules Heller and Bernie Toale, who included my work in their books. Tom Leach, an early student of mine. Alexandra Souteriou, who worked with Douglass Howell. "Paper comes from the reorganization and metamorphosis of a destroyed past. Papermaking creates from what has been ruined or discarded. That past is reshaped into a new form, reincarnated, if you will, and given new life. Symbolically, paper is an answer to the human desire to start anew. "


Many artists who were involved with making paper, back in the 1960s and 70s, had no interest in identifying themselves as "Papermakers". Aris Koutroulis was certainly typical. Even as they showed others how to beat fibers and use pulp as a new medium, they made no particular claims. Still, they passed on the virus we call papermaking.