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In today's podcast, young papermaker Akemi Martin talks with Fortnight Editor Samantha Hinds, recalling all those who taught her this "ancient craft."
Akemi works at Pace Paper, a Brooklyn mill that collaborates with contemporary artists such as Chuck Close and Shepard Fairey. She is also Studio Collaborator at Dieu Donné, a nonprofit artist workspace dedicated to the creation, promotion and preservation of hand papermaking in contemporary art. Her visual practice thus uniquely encompasses both revivalist craft, and conceptual practice.
Akemi discusses the evolution of her skill, which she first learned under demanding master Walter Hamady. Today, she has transitioned from apprentice to mentor, teaching a new generation the "dying art of making things by hand." While her work is somewhat niche, Akemi regularly encounters chemists, typographers, graphic designers, curators and cultural historians.