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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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Years teaching hand papermaking: 1977 - 1980
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 - http://sandykinnee.com/on_paper.htm ) 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.