Last week's Suminagashi workshop was a blast! The participants produced some terrific work even if I couldn't produce successful colored ink. Working through the kinks together we made this workshop a success. Here are a few photos from the workshop:


The Arts Services Initiative (ASI) of Western New York has announced that nominations have opened for their 2nd Annual SPARK Awards. The purpose of the awards are to recognize leaders and supporters of the Western New York arts and cultural community. Nominations will be open until February 27th. Below are the details about the categories as well as a link to cast your vote.

Nominations are now open in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara Counties.

Anyone can submit a nomination including those for your own organization or for yourself.

Winners will be chosen by a panel made up of representatives of the ASI Board of Directors and other community leaders. 


Lifetime Achievement: This award honors an organization, individual at an organization, or individual artist for their career-long body of work, especially on the occasion of a new phase of that work such as retirement, job switch, etc.

Organization of the Year: This award honors a not-for-profit or for profit cultural organization for their achievements in 2014.

Individual Artist of the Year: This award honors an individual artist in any discipline for their achievements in 2014.

Rising Star: This awards honors a relatively new organization, someone new in their position or organization, or a group or artist entering the next phase in their development.

Supporter of the Cultural Sector: This award honors an individual or an organization outside the cultural sector for their work in directly aiding the cultural sector.

Advocate for the Cultural Sector: This award honors an individual or organization outside the cultural sector for their efforts to call attention to the importance of the cultural sector to Western New York.

Volunteer of the Year: This award honors an unpaid individual or group that has made a major impact on a cultural organization or the sector through their volunteer service.

Arts Integration (***New Category***): This award honors a non-arts project, program, or initiative that has used arts and culture to significantly enhance its work.

2015 Spark Awards Nomination Form


Fellow papermakers, Pulp and Deckle, based in Portland, Oregon are raising funds to upgrade their workspace and move to the next level in their business. They have so much to offer their community so if you have a second to check out their IndieGoGo campaign you can read all about their cause. The campaign ends January 30th (next Friday!). Any and all support I'm sure will be greatly appreciated.

Pulp and Deckle IndieGoGo Campaign


And since we are already here I will send out a reminder that next month I am teaching a workshop at WNYBAC (February 28th 12-3pm). Basic Stationary - perfect for those with penpals and even those without. One can never go wrong with envelopes. For those who cannot get enough of the coffee paper now's your chance to make your own. There will be two other fibers available but they're a secret. Space is limited so don't wait 'til the last minute!

Workshop Registration


One more thing! I almost forgot. The Friends of Dard Hunter Conference for this year has been announced. It is being held at the Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada - near Calgary). The dates are October 22-24th. I will be attending this year and I hope you can too!


And yet another thing. Paper mill update: drywall is going up next week! Electricity to follow shortly thereafter along with the water hook-up. The cozy living room space will not be complete by the spring but the rest will be like the most important part, you know, the paper mill. Opening dates and workshop/open studio sign-ups will be announced and available during this year's Small Press Book Fair (April 18 & 19 at Karpeles Manuscript Museum).


Stay warm!