Although I’ve been making paper for almost 20 years, I think I will always be amazed

at the number of plants that make beautiful paper. My favorite fibers are flax, abaca, and kozo

but my interest has expanded to include native grasses. My studio is located in the Texas

hill country and with more than 500 species of grass in Texas, the learning and discovery process

has become as rewarding as the papermaking.

I enjoy using my handmade paper in a variety of ways but mostly in woven

tapestries, lamps, and small books. Using rich bold color and repeating patterns,

I use my paper as a backdrop and weave it with paste-paper and other fine papers.

Layering color and texture, each tapestry is spontaneous and unplanned with movement and

rhythm all its own. My woven lamps tend to be more organic. I like using the fiber's

natural color allowing it to compliment a wooden lamp structure. Using a low wattage bulb,

my lamps provide a source of gentle light filtering through layers of handmade paper.

I like to think of my books as artistic compilations. They are filled with pockets and spaces for 

pictures and notes. I don’t consider myself a book artist in the Kieth Smith sense but I

love assembling my handmade paper in a way that can it can be both functional and

viewed as a piece of art; one that will ultimately become a collaboration with the new owner. 

My goal in all my work is to encourage people to pause—give them "breathing room"—

permission not to look for image and meaning 

but to simply meditate on movement, color or light. 

Georgie Cunningham studied papermaking at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas. Her love for the outdoors and interest in exploring plants and their papermaking qualities earned her a solo show at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Norfolk, Virginia. The show featured 18 handmade woven tapestries with the plants and raw fiber used in making them. 

Her interest has grown to include the use of natural dyes and native and sustainable plants in hand papermaking. She is a member of both the Native Plant Society and The Friends of Dard Hunter.

Georgie Cunningham’s work has shown at bj spokes gallery, Huntington, New York; The Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, Missouri; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas; Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas; and at the Springfield Art Association at Edwards Place, Springfield, Illinois in addition to other galleries across the country.

Georgie Cunningham works out of her studio in the Texas Hill Country. 

She can be reached at: or look for her on Instagram: georgie_cunningham