Papermaker Tatiana Ginsberg to Lecture at Wells College

The Wells College Book Arts Center is pleased to announce that Tatiana Ginsberg will present the 24th Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Memorial Book Arts Lecture.

Ms. Ginsberg’s presentation, entitled ‘Forbidden Colors: Secrets of Japanese Naturally Dyed Papers,’ will address the traditional process of papermaking in Japan, and the extraction and preparation of colors from plants and other natural materials. In Japan, the arts of papermaking and dyeing with plants have been linked for over a millennium. Paper was introduced along with Buddhism, and papers made in Japan were dyed for sutra copying and collections of poetry. The range of colors, from subtle to vibrant, offers a rich, environmentally friendly spectrum little used by Western papermakers and artists.

Tatiana Ginsberg had always loved paper and books. After working in book publishing for seven years–five of them at the Metropolitan Museum of Art–she yielded to the itch to go west and study eastern papermaking. She spent two years at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, studying papermaking and book arts, after which she received a Fulbright research grant to investigate naturally dyed Japanese papers in Japan. She continues to work with the papermaking and dyeing techniques she learned in Japan while pursuing an MFA at UC Santa Barbara.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception at the Book Arts Center in Morgan Hall will follow the lecture, offering attendees the opportunity to meet the speaker. For more information about this event, please contact the Wells Book Arts Center by phone at 315-364-3420 or by email at, or visit us on the world-wide web at

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