Jennie Frederick

Address1412 N. E. 88th Street
CityKansas City
Postal Code64155
Phone Number816-308-7816

First interest in hand papermaking process: 1976

First piece of handmade paper: 1976

First handmade paper artwork: 1976

Beginning of active practice: 1976


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Jennie's Work in Hand Papermaking:

  1. Artist who uses handmade paper for book arts
  2. Artist who uses papermaking for three-dimensional work
  3. Artist who uses papermaking for two-dimensional work
  4. Collector
  5. Educator or researcher who lectures about hand papermaking
  6. Educator who teaches hand papermaking (any facet)
  7. Production hand papermaker
  8. Writer on topics related to hand papermaking

Jennie's Introduction to Hand Papermaking:

  1. Classroom instruction

Influences on Jennie's Work in Hand Papermaking:

Publications initially important to Jennie:

  1. Papermaking: The History and Technique of an Ancient Craft : Dard Hunter
  2. Paper-Making : Jules Heller
  3. The Art of Papermaking : Bernard Toale
  4. Japanese Papermaking : Timothy Barrett
  5. Traditional Papermaking and Paper Cult Figures of Mexico : Alan & Pamela Sandstrom

Publications eventually important to Jennie:

  1. Watching Lacandon Lives : Dr. R. Jon McGee
  2. Hand Papermaking Magazine : null
  3. Plant Fibers for Papermaking : Lilian Bell
  4. The Aztec and Maya Papermakers : Von Hagen
  5. The Art and Craft of Papermaking : Dawson

Countries where Jennie's studied:

  1. Mexico : null
    1. other : San Pablito, documentation and paper collecting for Hand Papermaking magazine

Raw materials used by Jennie in Hand Papermaking:

Chemicals used by Jennie for cooking fibers in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

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

Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Style of sheet forming used by Jennie in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
  1. Western style (dipping without formation aid)
  2. Asian style (dipping with formation aid)
  3. other : I draw with Kozo to create open weave structures using a technique I learned in San Pablito
Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Years teaching hand papermaking: 37 years

Teaching formats used by Jennie:

Used Rarely

Jennie's Income Contribution from Hand Papermaking:

  1. some


I first learned to make paper at the Kansas City Art Institute from Joan Livingstone. Follow this I had a short apprenticeship with Douglass Morse Howell in New York (1978) and with Bob Serpa at Oakland the same year. I was a Twinrocker Apprentice from 1980-1982. My first large order while apprenticing there was to make 11,000 worth of paper for Robert Rauschenberg. It was very exciting. I received my MFA through Indiana State for apprenticing there. This was the first time that an accredited Master's degree was awarded to a paper making apprentice, anywhere in the world. It was a history-making event. I founded Kansas City Paperworks, Inc. in 1983. I've made paper for many artists, companies, and book artists. I've taught workshops in over forty schools. I taught paper making at the Kansas city Art Institute for 5 years and at Maple Woods College in Kansas City from 1990-2011. My current work utilizes techniques/processes that I observed and documented in the Mexican villages of San Pablito, in Puebla State and Lacanha and Naha in Chiapas. During these grant-supported trips, I collected artifacts for museums, and documented processes for publications. I also commissioned the paper makers there to produce specimens that have been included in my publications. I am currently combining my drawing with kozo technique with encaustic wax. My website is


There are many other Twinrocker apprentices who have been left out of this tree. I will e-mail separately. Tom Bannister gave me contact information. I was one of 14 apprentices there. Thank you!