From the Winter 2004
Magazine - "A Papermaker's Season is not a recipe book. It
resides somewhere between a journal, travelogue, and folksy botanical
primer, and ends up in whole as a gloriously personal papermaking journey."
Appalachian Heritage Magazine's spring 2005 issue -
"This is a
Velma, teacher/artist from New York – “...it is far more readable than
Bell's or even Helen Hiebert's more recent books. Community and
attachment/commitment to place are singing through the text... Thank you.
Your book has been inspirational for me. I know that I am an artist first,
and a teacher second, but I have to make a living. I need to be reminded
that the artist also needs to work or she withers.”
Akua, papermaker from New York – “This tactile and sensory
seduction begins before opening the book... It is a handsome object that
suggests precious treatment. But its content is too exciting and rich,
necessary and practical, for the book to rest as adornment... The accessible
tone is between journal and letter... You are colleague and cohort, friend
over for coffee and peek in the vat... The papermaking field needs more of
this. This moves along the path of Lillian A. Bell's ground breaking Plant
Fibers For Papermaking, illuminating new options.”
David Feldman, author of the Imponderable series of books – “It is
simply magnificent. I know nothing about papermaking. I've always admired
the "fine" paper in stationery and art stores, but I didn't know what to
expect from A Papermaker's Season. It's an overwhelming experience to see
all the papers that Gin has created from local plants, and then read the
technique and experimentation behind the creation. The writing is modest and
straightforward, but there is a moving cumulative effect... Other than the
beauty of the paper itself, what ultimately makes this more than a craft
book is the deep connection Gin has with nature and her community.”
MJ Cole, first reader and papermaker from Texas – “I knew this
book would be great, but this is so much more than I expected... I am just
in awe. Toward the end of my stay at SFA University, they had a book arts
exhibit come to the gallery... This book is as good or better than the books
in that exhibit.”
Aleena, papermaker from Washington state – “...an incredible book!
Unlike the fibers included in most papermaking books, these plants are
available outside my door! And the papers, oh me! I am in awe!”
Merle, papermaker from Canada –
"It is absolutely wonderful...
Thank you so much for birthing this gorgeous book."