In 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting Juan Barbé of Taller Eskulan in Villabona, Gipúzcoa, Euskal Herria – País Vasco, Spain. A graduate of the Tolosa School of Paper nearby, he has an inspiring wealth of knowledge and experience, and has fabricated a wide range of beautiful hand made papers from a variety of fibres. Juan has also led many artist’s book workshops in various countries.
In late September, 2013 I began a two week apprenticeship with him, thanks in large part to Professional Development funding from Access Copyright Foundation.
Thanks also to the estate of the late Helen Hawthorne, Steve & Janet Gray of Victoria, BC, Chris Harris of 105 Mile House, BC, Andrew Hamilton of Wells, BC, and Norma & Butch Collins of BNC Mercantile, Wells, BC for their support. To Murray Gudmundson at Tier One Travel. And of course to Claire Kujundzic for her longstanding encouragement.
Special thanks to: Juan Barbé, Xavier Viñarás and Carmen Sevilla in Billabona-Zizurkil for their generosity; Pablo Eguskiza & Idoia Egurdibe at the Tolosa Paper School; Carmen, Iñaki, José & the staff at Zuloaga Txiki in Tolosa for making my stay so pleasant; Garikoitz eta Xabier de Boxa Arte Elkarte studios / GKo gallery in Tolosa for their warm welcome; Brian Cullen Bruneval at the Tolosa Tourism office for his friendly, detailed assistance with logistics, local resources & Euskera; Iñaki Extebeste & Amaia Pavon Arrizabalaga of Arrasate-Mondragon for sharing the very best of their culture; Juankar Cardesin of Donostia for his immediate friendship; Dorien, Emilio & Edo at El Hacedor for their hospitality; tod@s mis co-esuchas en Euskal Herria por su apoyo.
It was a very rewarding experience. Eskerrik asko!
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