2023 is fast coming to a close, which means it's time for another edition of Hand Papermaking's Year-End Broadsides.
Our 2023 Year-End Broadside is a stunning, provocative, and timely collaboration between Derick Wycherly, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and Rachel Melis. Wycherly, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy, Montana, is a young papermaker and printmaker who participated in our Portfolio #14, The Language of Color (2023); he conceptualized the project while contributing its handmade paper base. The broadside was printed, meanwhile, at the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota by Melis, an artist, printer, book artist, and educator. And Simpson, a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer, artist, musician, and activist, honored us with her timely and provocative poem, which itself was inspired by a performance by the multi-disciplinary artist Rebecca Belmore of the Lac Seul First Nation (Anishinaabe).
The poem, “i am graffiti,” comes from the book This Accident of Being Lost: Songs and Stories, copyright © 2017 by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. It is reproduced in this broadside with permission from the publisher, House of Anansi Press, Toronto. The edition of 112 copies was created in the Welle Book Arts Studio at the College of Saint Benedict, Minnesota, where the handmade cotton and stenciled abaca paper was created by Derick Wycherly and the poem was letterpress printed in P22 Underground and Garamond by Rachel Melis.
Hand Papermaking's 2023 limited-edition year-end broadside is a one-of-a-kind, limited-edition publication that we offer as a thank-you gift to our most loyal supporters. Treat yourself to this unique treasure now, or gift the broadside to someone you know who also loves handmade paper, by being one one of the first hundred people to donate $125 or more to Hand Papermaking's Year-End Campaign. Your donation is a critical source of support for Hand Papermaking and goes directly to funding our mission-driven programs and publications.