The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is featuring a collection of bark samples from Mexican paper making villages from the 1930s. This area in Mexico is known for bark paper made from a unique species of ficus.

These samples were collected by historian Victor Wolfgang Von Hagen, most likely while he was doing research for his book on Aztec and Mayan paper makers in the late 1930's and early 1940's. 

Read about the collection on the Artifact of the Month page at Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking .

It’s a beautiful 70 degree January day—a good time to get outdoors and make some paper. Short fiber abaca with red rose inclusions.

If you are a fan of handmade paper and the book arts and are near Cleveland, Ohio, take advantage of the opportunity to visit The Morgan Conservatory. The Morgan is the largest arts center in the United States dedicated  to every facet of papermaking, book arts and letterpress printing. Support the paper arts by visiting The Morgan Conservatory.

Learn about the Morgan at: MorganConservatory.org

I had a wonderful evening presenting at the San Antonio Hand Weavers Guild. The members are the most talented individuals you could imagine. The samples of their work on display were stunning! I met old friends and made new ones.

The members had insightful recommendations for paper inclusions based on fibers they were familiar with that I had never worked with before. It was a delightful evening of information sharing. Thank you SAHWG.

I’ve been making paper for more than 20 years and have discovered that I enjoy the science and history behind papermaking as much as the process.

Until recently, it was believed that a craftsman in China, about the year 105 AD, developed the first paper but recent research has shown that women were likely the first papermakers. Women in China were responsible for spinning and weaving hemp and it’s thought that fibers in the water and on mats dried to form thin pliable sheets leading to the discovery of paper.