Museum to exhibit 40 years of fine press books printed on Twinrocker papers

I just heard from Julie Herron Carson at the Twinrocker paper mill that major exhibition of fine press books printed on Twinrocker papers will be mounted in Atlanta this fall. Here’s some of what Julie has to say:

The impact that Twinrocker’s founders, Kathryn and Howard Clark, have had on hand papermaking in the United States and the process of creating fine arts books over the past four decades will be celebrated in a 40th anniversary exhibit at the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum ( in Atlanta, Ga. Sept. 23-Dec. 17, 2010.  Twinrocker:  Forty Years of Hand Papermaking will be open to the public Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and will mark the first time this collection has ever been on public view.

Over the years, Twinrocker papers have appeared in the portfolios of some of American’s most important artists and fine limited edition book publishers.  The exhibit will include a number of these first edition fine art books, each a work of art in itself.  Among the artists represented in the exhibit are Robert Rauschenberg, Sally Mann, Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning and Larry Rivers and others.  A number of photos of the papermakers at work throughout the history of Twinrocker will be included, and Kathryn and Howard Clark will attend the exhibit’s opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 5-7 p.m.

Twinrocker:  Forty Years of Hand Papermaking will trace the evolution of Twinrocker from the early years to the present.  It’s the story of rediscovering an almost-lost American craft, as well as the story of an enduring partnership and a small Midwestern business that triumphed through the Clarks’ hard work, tenacity and talent.

“It’s safe to say that without the beautiful handmade paper that has been produced by Twinrocker for the past four decades, the fine arts book industry as we know it would not exist,” said Teri Williams, exhibition curator at the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum.  “Not only did the Clarks revive the art of hand papermaking in America, but they and their staff also accomplished the seemingly impossible by creating unique sheets of paper while also developing a process for consistent production.  In other words, if an artist commissioned a certain type of paper for a book, he or she could be confident that each sheet would be nearly identical to the others.  The ability to collaborate with the staff at Twinrocker and incorporate paper as a component of the art opened new windows of creativity for designers, artists and publishers,” she said.

The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $3 for adults and $2 for children is appreciated.  Guided tours are available with advance scheduling, and papermaking workshops for all ages and experience levels are held throughout the year.  The museum is located at 500 10th Street, NW, Atlanta, GA, 30318.  For more information, call 404/894-7840 or visit

For more information, please contact Julie Herron Carson at 404/285-3434 or email her at

— Paul Razzell

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