The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking participated in the Atlanta Science Festival Expo on Saturday, March 29. This inaugural event was sponsored by Georgia Tech and Emory University, and featured 150 organizations leading hands-on science activities. During the course of the day, hundreds of sheets of paper were made, and over 2,500 people visited the museum’s activity station.
Here, Gavin (age 8) and Liam (age 5) Englehardt, sons of GT Research Communications Director Kirk Englehardt, proudly display their handsheets.
On July 1, Museum staff Juan Chevere and Virginia Howell will depart for the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA) conference in Fabriano, Italy. Fabriano is the location of one of the earliest paper mills in Europe. The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking and the Museo della Carta e della Filigrana have a long history together, since both feature the history of paper.
While at the conference, Juan and Virginia will participate in numerous workshops and presentations on various aspects of hand papermaking. Workshop leaders include Helen Hiebert, a well-known paper artist and author, and Tom Bannister, the editor of the Hand Papermaking Journal. The conference is a great opportunity to become more familiar with papermakers and current trends in the craft.