Handmade book with shifu cover of woven hanji; hand-sewn pages made of day lily, flax and hanji, dyed with indigo and lacquer
Canton, New York
Velma Bolyard is a mother, teacher, and artist working in fiber, handmade paper, shifu, natural dyeing, and artists’ books. She teaches these throughout North America and Australia, and now adjuncts at St. Lawrence University after retiring from teaching special education in public school. She sources most of her material for her work from the rural-wilderness landscape of northern New York State where she lives. Velma’s artists’ books are held in public and private collections in North America, Europe and Australia.
Cast hanji sculpture, Amur cork tree dye, gold leaf, inkjet transfer
New York, New York
Tatiana Ginsberg makes drawings, prints, books, and things most of which use her own handmade paper. She studied at the University of Iowa Center for the Book and received her MFA from UC Santa Barbara. In between she spent two years in Japan researching naturally dyed papers under a Fulbright grant. Studying at one of the oldest dye studios in Kyoto, she learned the art of dyeing paper in brilliant colors for temple festivals, sutra copying, and other uses.
Together with Doi Yuko, she co-translated Washi Sōkan (Washi: The Soul of Japan—Fine Japanese Paper in the Second Millennium) a twelve-volume compendium of paper samples and essays. For the Legacy Press she edits the series Papermaker’s Tears: Essays on the Art and Craft of Paper. And as Co-Director of Artistic Projects and Master Collaborator at Dieu Donné Paper Mill in New York City she works with other artists to make new work in handmade paper. Her own work combines traditional and contemporary methods of papermaking.
Woodcut, four woodblocks printed on front and back of paper
San Francisco, California
Carrie Ann Plank is an San Francisco-based artist working in the mediums of installation, printmaking, painting and glass. Plank’s work is included in many private and public collections including the Fine Art Archives of the Library of Congress, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Guanlan Print Art Museum in China, and the Iraq National Library in Baghdad, as well as corporate collections including Google and Genentech.
Recent noteworthy solo shows include Themes + Projects in San Francisco, Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto, CA, DZINE Gallery in San Francisco, and Local Language, Oakland. Recent and upcoming residencies include Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, Konstnärernas Kollektiva Grafikverkstad in Malmo, Sweden, Local Language, Oakland, CA, Edition/Basel: Printed in Cuba at the Taller Experimental de Gráfica de La Habana in Havana, Cuba, the Íslensk Grafík in Reykjavik, Iceland, Edition/Basel: Printed in Basel at Druckwerk in Basel, Switzerland, Mullowney Printing in San Francisco, CA, Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, ME, and Bullseye Glass in Emeryville, CA.
Additionally, Plank has had a 20 year teaching career and most recently served as the Director of the Printmaking MFA & BFA Programs at the Academy of Art University before devoting herself solely to her artist practice in 2018. She is active in the local arts community and sits on the of board of Root Division and the California Society of Printmakers. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from East Carolina University and her Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Pennsylvania State University. Plank’s work is represented by Themes + Projects in San Francisco and Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto.
Hanji dyed with lacquer, indigo and barberry bush bark; encaustic wax, image transfer and hand-sewn binding
Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she studied Letterpress printing, Bookbinding and Papermaking with a focus on Western, Eastern and Islamicate Papermaking techniques taught by Timothy Barrett.
Her graduate thesis work, a hand-printed book of botanical anatomies titled Anatomia Botanica, won the MICA Book Award at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair in 2014, and received an Honorable Mention at the 15th Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design. In 2018, her book Deep Time won the Joshua Heller Memorial Award.
Her artists books are held in over 40 public collections internationally, including the Library of Congress and Yale University.
Oriol Miró is a Barcelona-based freelance calligrapher since 1994. His work includes collaborations and commissions for advertising agencies, graphic designers, museums, television, networks and publishing companies. He also loves private commissions, unique calligraphy pieces meant to decorate rooms, halls and houses. He teaches calligraphy and typography in Barcelona, at Escola Elisava, Idep and Visions, and he also runs many workshops in Spain and abroad. As a graphic design student, he fell in love with calligraphy and decided to go into it for the rest of his life. He is obsessed with letters, countershapes, papers, brushes and all kinds of pens. Calligraphy is his passion and he cannot conceive a single day without writing letters.
Oriol holds a BA in Arts (University of Southampton, 2012), Chemical Engineering (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 1997) and Graphic Design (Escola Elisava, 1993). He is currently in a PhD program in Fine Arts at the University of Southampton.