Saaraliisa Ylitalo

Address4961 Quebec ST NW
Postal Code20016
Phone Number703-622-5467

First interest in hand papermaking process: 1976

First piece of handmade paper: 1982

First handmade paper artwork: 1983

Beginning of active practice: 1990


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Saaraliisa's Work in Hand Papermaking:

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

Saaraliisa's Introduction to Hand Papermaking:

  1. Workshops

Influences on Saaraliisa's Work in Hand Papermaking:

Publications initially important to Saaraliisa:

  1. Japanese Papermaking : T. Barrett

Publications eventually important to Saaraliisa:

Countries where Saaraliisa's studied:

  1. Japan : Tetsuo Yamaguchi
    1. hands-on workshop
    2. residency
    3. other : I lived there, so went every week.

Raw materials used by Saaraliisa in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes
  1. abaca - purchased fiber
Used Rarely

Chemicals used by Saaraliisa for cooking fibers in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

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

Used Routinely
  1. other : hand beating with wooden mallets
Used Sometimes
  1. Hollander beater
Used Rarely

Style of sheet forming used by Saaraliisa in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Years teaching hand papermaking: 1980 to present in foriegn countries mostly

Teaching formats used by Saaraliisa:

Used Routinely
  1. classes
Used Rarely

Saaraliisa's Income Contribution from Hand Papermaking:

  1. some


I do make most of the paper I use in my artwork, but I also use ohter Japanese handmade papers if I need them. So although I am a papermaker, I consider mysdlef more an artist who uses handmade asian paper. Japanese mostly, almost exclusively. I am not in a location I can remember the books in my library or the artists in Japan that influenced me, I hope to be able to go back in and add to this later.


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