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First interest in hand papermaking process: 1982
First piece of handmade paper: 1982
First handmade paper artwork: 1984
Beginning of active practice: 1982
Years teaching hand papermaking: 1983, 1984, 1985
I use a vacuum press (Hilger model); McPherson beater (Yarnell); drying racks (regular); dry papers on ultra felts; use both western and oriental sheet formations depending on fiber and artwork involved; use boards for drying after applying methylcellulose solution. My initial influences were the classroom (instructor Yvonne Roper Parker studied and learned papermaking under Laurence Barker in Barcelona, Spain), and while still a student, getting to see the "New American Paperworks" exhibition which came to Houston and having some of the artists in the show talk about their work, Then Chuck Hilger coming to our papermaking class, talked about his artwork and demonstrated his vacuum press concept. That began my fascination with 3-D paper artwork. After graduating from art school (in 1983) I attended many, many, many workshops and several PBI sessions country-wide learning addition techniques from the experts (Karen Stahlecker, Lee Scott McDonald, Timothy Barrett, Amanda Degener, Steve Miller, Tim Moore, Don Farnsworth, Dorothy Field, Helmut Becker, Marilyn Wold, etc.). Found joining the two paper groups (FDH and IAPMA) as well as reading Hand Papermaking, and attending the FDH/IAPMA conferences, to be incredible sources of information back in the 80s when there was less papermaking information available. Received an NEA grant in 1986 (in artist's books) which allowed me to refine the fibers that are included in my limited edition book, "From Fiber to Paper" which was published in 1991 (W. Thomas Taylor, printer/Book Lab, binders).