Events, Fall 2017

Turn the Page, Sing a Line, Form a Sheet:
Hand Papermaking for Artistic Expression and Social Justice

  • Drew Matott and Jana Schumacher, artists-in-residence, September 4-8, Griffiths Arts Center

    la falce pulp print

    John LaFalce (Peace Paper), £€$$, 2012,
    pulp print on handmade paper

    Drew Matott is a master papermaker with an expertise in the use of traditional papermaking as a form of trauma therapy, social engagement, and community activism. He divides his time between teaching at colleges, doing art residencies, completing studio work, designing new papermaking endeavors and directing the Peace Paper Project. Internationally, Matott has used papermaking and the book arts as a form of social engagement, advocacy, therapy, and community building in India, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Turkey, Spain, Kosovo, Ukraine, and Poland.

    In 2016, Matott returned to Europe to work on establishing permanent papermaking as art therapy programs in Ukraine, Poland, and Germany. In the Ukraine Matott has been collaborating with Dr. Olga Bogomolets owner of the Radomysl Castle. Their objective will be to conduct papermaking workshops with Ukrainian war veterans and their families; as well as survivors of sexual violence, mental health providers, and psychologists.

    In Hamburg, Matott has been collaborating with German artists, activists, and therapists to set up St. Pauli Paper, a permanent papermaking studio that will conduct ongoing papermaking workshops with different populations throughout Hamburg and Berlin.

    Jana Schumacher is a fine artist working and living in Hamburg, Germany. Her work is focused on drawing and installation art, which she exhibits internationally. Currently she is artist-in-residence at Vorwerkstrasse Künstlerhaus.

    Schumacher started working with Peace Paper in January 2016. Her focus has been to design and facilitate global papermaking and social justice workshops in the United States. In addition, her efforts have helped establish the St. Pauli Paper Studio.

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