My love for paper began during my career as a graphic designer. Twenty years later I'm still 

amazed at the number of plants that make beautiful paper. Although most of my 

work is in flax, abaca, or kozo, I enjoy working with native Texas grasses.  With more 

than 500 species of grass in Texas, the learning and discovery process

has become as involved as the paper making.

I enjoy making paper but I also love working with it.

Using rich bold color and repeating patterns, I use my paper as a backdrop and weave

it with paste-paper and other decorated papers. Layering color and texture, 

each tapestry is spontaneous and unplanned with movement and rhythm all its own.

My lamps tend to be more organic. I like using the paper fiber's natural color

allowing it to compliment a wooden lamp structure.

My handmade paper books are filled with pockets and personal spaces. I love the

fact that a book can be both functional and a piece of art.

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