I've been making handmade paper for almost 20 years and am still

amazed at the number of plants that make beautiful paper.

Over the last couple of years my focus has turned to native Texas grasses. With more 

than 500 species of grass in Texas, the learning and discovery

process has become as involved as the paper making. 

Making a beautiful sheet of paper is rewarding in itself but being surrounded by stacks of

handmade paper is simply wonderful.

I use most of my paper in tapestries, lanterns, or in small books.

When weaving paper tapestries I use rich, bold color and repeating patterns. 

Layering color and texture, each tapestry is spontaneous 

and unplanned with movement and rhythm all its own.

My lamps tend to be more organic. I like using the paper fiber's natural color

allowing it to compliment the wooden lamp structure.

My goal is to encourage people to pause—give them "breathing room"—

permission not to look for image and meaning 

but to simply meditate on movement, color or light. 


Georgie Cunningham studied papermaking at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas. Her love for the outdoors and interest in exploring plants and their papermaking qualities earned her a solo show at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Norfolk, Virginia. The show featured 18 handmade woven tapestries with the plants and raw fiber used in making them. 

Her interest has grown to include the use of natural dyes and native and sustainable plants in hand papermaking. She is a member of both the Native Plant Society and The Friends of Dard Hunter.

Georgie Cunningham’s work has shown at bj spokes gallery, Huntington, New York; The Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, Missouri; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas; Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas; and at the Springfield Art Association at Edwards Place, Springfield, Illinois in addition to other galleries across the country.

Georgie Cunningham works out of her studio in the Texas Hill Country. 

She can be reached at: BlueSkiesStudio@gvtc.com or look for her on Instagram: georgie_cunningham