Nicole Donnelly

Postal Code44113
Phone Number215-300-3561

First interest in hand papermaking process: 2007

First piece of handmade paper: 2008

First handmade paper artwork: 2008

Beginning of active practice: 2009


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Nicole'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. Educator or researcher who lectures about hand papermaking
  5. Educator who teaches hand papermaking (any facet)
  6. Writer on topics related to hand papermaking

Nicole's Introduction to Hand Papermaking:

  1. Classroom instruction

Influences on Nicole's Work in Hand Papermaking:

Publications initially important to Nicole:

Publications eventually important to Nicole:

  1. :

Countries where Nicole's studied:

  1. :
    1. hands-on workshop

Raw materials used by Nicole in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
Used Sometimes
  1. abaca - purchased fiber
Used Rarely

Chemicals used by Nicole for cooking fibers in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

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

Used Routinely
Used Sometimes
  1. Hollander beater
Used Rarely

Style of sheet forming used by Nicole in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Years teaching hand papermaking: 2010 - present

Teaching formats used by Nicole:

Used Routinely
Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Nicole's Income Contribution from Hand Papermaking:

  1. a little


I came to hand papermaking as a visual artist who wanted a drawing support that could be as large as I imagined. Little did I know how quickly I would fall in love with the medium of handmade paper. I had the magnificent luck of studying at the University of Iowa with Timothy Barrett for one year (2008 - 09). Learning first the craft of creating the finest paper possible with Tim, I was later introduced to the more sculptural and ?fine art? properties of papermaking when I took a workshop with Anne Marie Kennedy, also at the University of Iowa. These two events changed the course of my artmaking practice. I have continued to make paper since my formal studies. I completed a residency for hand papermaking at the Women?s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, in 2010, where I met Tana Kellner. Later in the same year, I traveled to Wonju, South Korea, for my first IAPMA congress and learned about Korean hand papermaking. I currently reside in Philadelphia, PA, where I annually process locally growing red and white mulberry plants, as well as broussonetia papyrifera, from empty urban lots and side yards, and at the beginning of 2013, I acquired a Valley beater so I can process typical Western fibers as well. It is part of my future plan to establish a papermaking studio with community classes in Philadelphia.