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First interest in hand papermaking process: 1967
First piece of handmade paper: 1969
First handmade paper artwork: 1988
Beginning of active practice: 1973
Years teaching hand papermaking: 1978 to Present
I have been fortunate to be able to pursue a career in handpapermaking that has included science, history, aesthetics, craft and art. The downside is I often feel I am spread a bit too thin, moving constantly back and forth between research, production and teaching. But this path has been the only one that has allowed me to uncover details about historical materials and techniques that have led to particularly attractive aesthetic properties in some historical papers. Many 15th C European papers are still supple, light in color and possessed of an authenticity and integrity I find missing in most modern handmades. The most successful Japanese style sheets, for me, exhibit a curious combination of softness and crispness, and a distinctive luster and shine. More recently I have become interested in how the best historical Islamic style papers were made, but this is an area I hope my students will be able to explore as I am busy with other tasks. My hope is to write a book about Western papermaking materials and techniques sometime before 2018 or so. in the meantime my research website at paper.lib.uiowa.edu may be of interest. if you go to "Background" and then "European Papermaking Techniques- 1300-1800" you'll find my current thinking on the topic. I welcome queries from fellow researchers, artists and craftspeople but the best way to find out what my students and I are up to is to visit the University of Iowa Center for the Book here in Iowa City, IA. Thanks to everyone who worked to establish this survey!!! T. Barrett
Love the scroll bar showing progress at the bottom!!!