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Mandy Brannan – Book Artist, Paper Maker and Art Tutor


Mandy Brannan is a London based book artist, papermaker and art tutor. She observes and engages with patterns, images and text to create her visual arts language. Mandy’s main influences, within her book arts practice over the past 8 years, explores her personal interaction with the architecture of London. More recently she has been interested in the idea of changing DNA patterns caused by human behaviors.

By combining Japanese and Western papermaking methods, using traditional bast fibres (gampi and kozo) with leaf fibres (abaca and sisal), she creates complex patterns and layers that are also influenced by her research into architectural details. More recently Mandy has been experimenting with different printing processes – the chine colle printing with the thin papers, lino printing and dry point. Also, she has continued to develop and create bespoke papers for screen printers and book artists.

Her plant papermaking practice stems from the gathering and processing of plant materials found or grown first in Brixton and more recently in Walthamstow. With these she has created Plant Manuals that are collections of plant paper samples, the recipes and anecdotes regarding the different plants.

Mandy’s teaching methodology has been honed over several years. By using her knowledge of historic and contemporary papermaking, her practical experience and her understanding of the skills necessary to make papers with all manner of materials; she is able to create a learning environment that can promote exploration and a discourse of new ideas by pushing the boundaries of traditional papermaking and papermaking for book arts.
Every student that attends the workshops brings their own histories, skills and design ideas – she offers a medium that can enable many transformative possibilities. Not just to make a plain sheet of paper or an empty book.

Art Work in Public Collections

Tate Britain, London
Camberwell College of the Arts, London
St Benedict College, Minnesota

More Papermaking Courses in London


Paper Making for Artists and Designers

Central St Martins
08/08/2016 – 12/08/2016
Monday to Friday 10:00 – 16:00

Papermaking – East Meets West

Morley College
22/04/2016 – 8/07/2016