Papermaking at 13:00: Contemporary Approaches to Hand Papermaking

Event Info

Join Center for Book Arts for a rare opportunity to learn with and from some of the most interesting artists in the papermaking field: Jazmine Catasus, Helen Frederick, and Robbin Ami Silverberg. We’ll examine the field of hand papermaking and its intersection with book arts using a multi-generational lens. All three artists will discuss their personal history with the art form and illuminate the themes present in their work. There will be a discussion and Q&A session led by moderator Mina Takahashi following the artists’ presentations.

This event is a prelude to Papermaking at 13:00, a three-week workshop series, during which Catasús, Frederick, and Silverberg will each lead a session in their respective studios.

About Jazmine Catasús:
Jazmine Catasús is a New York artist and educator. After studying printmaking at CUNY-Hunter College, she trained as a papermaker at Pace Paper and Dieu Donné. Jazmine has taught printmaking and papermaking workshops at: Dieu Donnè, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, the International Print Center of New York, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Noguchi Museum. Throughout her career, she has worked on projects with many artists, most recently, Chakaia Booker, Nari Ward, and Leonardo Drew. She is currently the Studio Coordinator at the EFA- Robert Blackburn Printmaking workshop in New York City, Printmaking Technician at the Cooper Union School of Art, and serves on the board of Directors of Hand Papermaking Inc.

About Helen Frederick:
Helen Frederick is recognized as a distinguished artist, curator, educator, coordinator of international projects, and as founder of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, MD, a center for contemporary printmaking, hand papermaking and the art of the book. Frederick, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, is Professor Emerita in the School of Art at George Mason University. Her work has been exhibited at the The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, VA, Dieu Donné Gallery in New York, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Norway, and the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, and is in collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and Brooklyn Museum in New York, the National Gallery of Art, The Library of Congress, and Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. In 2008, she received the Southern Graphic Council International Printmaker Emeritus Award and was invited into the Feminist Art Base archive, the Brooklyn Museum of Art.


About Robbin Ami Silverberg:
Robbin Ami Silverberg is the founding director of Dobbin Mill, a hand-papermaking studio, and Dobbin Books, whose 30th year anniversary is being commemorated by her retrospective, “Read Me. Like a Book”. Examples of her artist books are found in over 130 public collections & numerous private ones. Silverberg’s artwork is divided between artist books and site-specific installations. She has both exhibited and taught extensively in the United States, Canada, South Africa, South Korea, Mexico, and around Europe. Paper has consistently been her preferred material, and she has explored its potential as a non-neutral substrate in her image-making, bookmaking, and process. She is represented by Galerie Druck & Buch, in Vienna, Austria. Silverberg, a graduate of Princeton University, is the professor for “Art of the Book” & coordinator of the BOOK minor at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.


About Mina Takahashi:
Mina Takahashi is editor of Hand Papermaking magazine, a nonprofit biannual publication dedicated to advancing traditional and contemporary ideas in the art of hand papermaking. Previously she was the executive director of Dieu Donné from 1990 to 2004, during which time she happily took classes at the Center for Book Arts. She lives in upstate New York.

All images provided courtesy of the instructors.

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