The International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA) is the world leading organisation for paper artists. It was founded in 1986 in Düren, Germany, when paper as an art medium was far less well-known than it is today. While paper history and production are one facet of the Association's activities, the central focus is paper role as art form and as a contemporary artistic medium.

The Association's main objective is to facilitate an international exchange of artistic ideas and share information about hand papermaking and paper art. IAPMA aims to provide the opportunity for members to work together, collaborate on artistic projects and exhibitions, share solutions to technical problems, explore different paper-related cultural backgrounds, and encourage new approaches to paper arts. To this end, each year one Bulletins and six newsletters are produced: the newsletters provide information about exhibitions, publications, projects and techniques involving paper; the Bulletins are professionally produced magazines with handmade paper covers and samples which feature individual artists, papermakers and their ideas. All members are invited to share information with other members through the newsletters and Bulletins.

Currently, the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists has 556 members from 41 different countries.

October 18, 2020
Dierbaar-Dier op reis, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 16 Oct-01 Nov 2020, Saskia Pfaeltzer, Ina Fekken, Petra Bosboom, Fiona Zondervan, Petra Boshart, Marlies ter Stege @saskiapfaeltzer #inafekken #petrabosboom @fionazondervansculpture @petraboshart #marliesterstege #iapmamember #papersculpture #paperartexhibition #paperarts #paperartists #paperjoy💕 Lately Ina Fekken has been working with blocks of tracing paper. She is showing the serie "Pleureuses" and "The remarkable disappearance ....". The latter is about insect numbers that have declined alarmingly. The work shows an increasingly disappearing image of an insect. For the series “Pleureuses” she used the feathers of, among others, the white heron as an example. They are cut from a block of tracing paper. The block remains intact with contours visible and the feathers hanging like a "tail".
October 13, 2020
There is just under 3 weeks to submit your proposal for handmade cover paper for the next IAPMA Bulletin! The winning candidate will receive: ☑ 500 EUR stipend ☑ 1 free year of IAPMA membership ☑ Front cover article about the handmade paper To be considered, we need an 80-200 word description of your paper concept and how it relates to our upcoming theme of POWER and proposed paper recipe. Supporting photos and online portfolio are optional but welcomed. The DEADLINE is November 1st!!! For more information check out the call for proposals link at the end of this post or email Emily Duong the Bulletin Editor at editor@iapma.info Call For Proposals (PDF): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VI7xlvgOoyZqovbYcYx2LFzM3FkSrORg/view?usp=sharing Image Credit: Cover paper from last year in progress. Created by Toyota City paper art museum Washi no Furusato at the Kogei Workshop Center in Japan.
October 11, 2020
International Collage Art, 29 Sep-31 Dec 2020, Warsaw, Poland. Silvia Beltrami and other artists @beltrami_silvia #iapmamember #paperarts #papercollagearts #paperjoy💕 more info: The exhibition in Retroavangarda Gallery will present traditional collages of different sizes, made not only on paper but also planks, canvases as well as spatial 3D collages – assemblages, which make use of various unusual materials. The exhibition will be very interesting and unique, an overview of styles from different parts of the world in contemporary collage art.