MP Marion

AddressPO Box 1623
Postal Code44901
Phone Number419-368-8366

First interest in hand papermaking process: 1973

First piece of handmade paper: 1973

First handmade paper artwork: 1973

Beginning of active practice: 1973


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MP's Work in Hand Papermaking:

  1. Artist who uses papermaking for two-dimensional work
  2. Educator who teaches hand papermaking (any facet)
  3. Researcher making handmade paper

MP's Introduction to Hand Papermaking:

  1. Dialog with peers

Influences on MP's Work in Hand Papermaking:

Publications initially important to MP:

Publications eventually important to MP:

Countries where MP's studied:

  1. Japan : Intl. HPM conf. Kyoto, 1983 multi-opportunities
    1. hands-on workshop
    2. demonstration
    3. visit to mill or artist studio
  2. Spain : L. Barker studio, in Barcelona 1980
    1. demonstration
    2. visit to mill or artist studio
  3. Italy : Fabriano 1980, historic and modern complex
    1. demonstration
    2. visit to mill or artist studio
  4. England : J B Green, Hayle Mill, England 1980
    1. demonstration
    2. visit to mill or artist studio

Raw materials used by MP in Hand Papermaking:

Chemicals used by MP for cooking fibers in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

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

Used Routinely
  1. Hollander beater
Used Sometimes
  1. hand beating

Style of sheet forming used by MP in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes
  1. other : pouring base layers, and misting fine colored cotton pulp through spray bottles, over "resists".
Used Rarely

Years teaching hand papermaking: 1979- 2002 approx.

Teaching formats used by MP:

Used Routinely

MP's Income Contribution from Hand Papermaking:

  1. some


I began Papermaking in 1973 at the University of Wisconsin in Walter Hamady‘s lab and Joe Wilfer from The Madison Art Center. Within a few years I had my own Valley 1.5 lb. cast, brass beater, Lee Scott McDonald and E. Amies & Son English made moulds, and a 54” x42” bed/ 90-ton hydraulic press… I bumbled forward, inventing several drying systems. There was so much secrecy in those days. By 1980 I’d left my teaching position to devote all my time to making a sellable product. The first thing I did was, travel to Europe for 3 months. This time to visit 5 historic paper sites. -Moulin Richard De Bas in France -De Schoolmeester, windmill in Holland -Wookie Hole, Hayle Mill and J Barcham Green in England -Lawrence Barker in Barcelona (a contemporary papermaking with rich historic surroundings) -Fabriano Paper Mill, in Italy They were all wonderfully accommodating, even thought this was before they were organized as destinations. I, also, benefited from amazing experiences during the offerings of the 1983 International Hand Papermaking Conference in Japan. In the early “80’s, I saw the arts & crafts festivals gain national momentum. People were fascinated by my demonstrations and visual aids. Teaching about paper helped me earned a good living and enjoy a lively life-style. The harder I worked the better the shows were, so I keep making paper, making pictures and driving. The Prints and The Pulper (TM) (my DBA name) bought all of Henry Morris’s paper equipment from his Bird & Bull Press, in 1992, to gain the 10lb Nobel and Wood beater. I am now, relocating my paper mill to central Ohio, where I live in a spacious rural, rustic setting… perfect for renewal.


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