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Curriculum Vitae - Gail Stiffe


Gail has been making paper since 1984 and books since approximately 1990. She has explored most aspects of handpapermaking and specialises in pulp painting and plant fibre papermaking. She has had several solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions.


Selected solo exhibitions

2009 ‘Nesting’ with Zoe Culbertson 69 Smith Street Gallery, Fitzroy

2009 ‘Paper Travels’ CAS Fitzroy Library Exhibition Space, Fitzroy

2006 ‘Passion for Paper’ Studio500, Trentham, Victoria

2006 ‘Journeys’ Women's Heath Information Centre, Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne

2005-6 ‘Journeys’ C-cubed Contemporary Art Space, Balwyn

2002 ‘Natural Connections’ with Ann Parry, Dragon Papers, Windsor, Victoria and at Meeniyan Art Gallery, Meeniyan, Victoria

2001 ‘Paperworks 2’, Dragon Papers, High St., Prahran, Victoria

2001 ‘Paperworks’, Leongatha ACS Gallery, Leongatha, Victoria

1998 ‘Paper in the Park’ , The Stables, Wattle Park, Victoria

1997 ‘Summer Dreams’, Maenad Art, Bellair Street, Kensington, Victoria


Selected group exhibitions

2017- 18 ‘Luminous Within Australia’ touring, first venue University of Tasmania, Burnie campus (selected)
2016 – 17 ‘Inspired by Paper’ Germany and touring Europe (selected)
2016-7 ‘Luminous Within Americas’ North and South America, touring (selected)
2014 “Nexus” Fabriano Italy (selected)
2013 Artisan Books Book Arts Exhibition, Fitzroy
2012  ‘Watermarks’ Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, USA (selected)
2011 ‘Silver’ and ‘Sculptural and Artist Books’ 69 Smith Street Gallery, Fitzroy
2011 ‘Paper and Type/Print’ Cheongju, South Korea (selected)
2011’Opus’ Artisan Books, Fitzroy

2011 'Faszination Papier' Touring Germany and Poland

2010 'Valda Quick Biennial Paper Arts Exhibition’ Bundoora Gallery, Bundoora, Vic

2010 ‘Paper Road’ Wonju, South Korea

2010 ‘Atlas’ Artisan Books Fitzroy

2009 - 10 ‘Water-Wood-Paper’ Seoul, Jeonju and Wonju, South Korea

2009 ‘Between the Lines’ Artisan Books, Fitzroy

2009 ‘Beyond Words’ East Gippsland Art Gallery, Bairnsdale, Vic

2008 ‘SCU Artists' Book Award 2008', Barratt Galleries Alstonville NSW (work acquired)

2008 ‘Into the Fold’ Artisan Books, Fitzroy

2008 ‘A Month of Making’ Craft Victoria, Melbourne

2008 ‘Wasser I Zeichen’ Bremen-Nord, Germany

2008 ‘Libris Awards’ Artspace Mackay, Queensland (work acquired)

2008 ‘Collectors Exhibition’ Contemporary Arts Society Steps Gallery Carlton

Curatorial Experience

2018 ‘Unfurled’ Papermakers of Victoria member show Geelong

2011 and 12 ‘Silver’ IAPMA member show Fitzroy and Bairnsdale

2010 'Valda Quick Biennial Paper Arts Exhibition’ Bundoora Gallery, Bundoora, Vic

2003 ‘A is For Art’ International postcard exchange. Exhibitions in Troy, NY, USA, Vienna, Austria, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Box Hill, Mittagong, Mandurah, Canberra and to be shown in Hobart, Broken Hill & Sydney, Australia

2000 ‘Confluence’ Ryrie street Gallery, Geelong


Public collections/awards/commissions

Collections of the Paper museum, Wonju, Korea, Pan Asia Paper Museum, Jeonju, Korea, the State Library of Victoria, the Cities of Whitehorse  and Broken Hill and many private collectors

Commissions from Hercules Chemicals and the public.

2001& 2004 Artist in Schools grant (Arts Victoria)

1999 -2016 Many prizes in bookbinding at Royal Melbourne Show


Selected bibliography

2013 500 Paper Objects Lark Books, USA

2012 1000 Artist Books Quarry Books USA

2009 Eco Books Lark Books USA

2008 500 Handmade Books Lark Books USA

2003 ‘Letters’ Bulletin of IAPMA (International Association of Papermakers and Paper Artists.

2003 ‘Australian Paper Arts’ magazine, Designing Australians feature

2002 ‘The Encyclopedia of Papermaking & Bookbinding’ H. Reimer-Epp & M. Reimer Publisher Quarto Inc.

2002 ‘Craft’ – Paper, Magazine of Craft Victoria Volume 33 No. 242 1/2002

1999 ‘Textile Fibre Forum’ Volume eighteen, issue 2, No. 55

1999 ‘Edible Paper’ Newsletter of IAPMA, international paper arts association

1999 ‘Women’s Art Register Bulletin’ Number 29

1998 ‘Somerset Studio’ Volume two, issue 4


Teaching and Demonstrating Experience

2015 Fibre Arts Australia 'Paper to Book' Ballarat Grammar School

2010 Geelong Fibre Forum ' Brazen Breastplates', casting and colouring paper

2006 Geelong Textile Fibre Forum ' Brazen Breastplates', casting and colouring paper

2005 Geelong Textile Fibre Forum 'Books on the Edge, that ain't a book!'

2004 Year 12 and year 7 Korowa Anglican Girls College

2003 Year 12 Korowa Anglican Girls College three sessions on papermaking & bookbinding

2002 Year 10 Loyola College end of year activity, three sessions on one day.

2002 Sessions with Hawthorn pre school students half a day for each of four groups

2001 Year 11 Sophia Mundi Steiner School papermaking and bookbinding

2001 prep-grade 6 'Artist in Schools Project' supported by Arts Victoria at Thomas Chirnside Primary School

1991-Present Tutor with Council of Adult Education, running 3-4 basic papermaking         workshops per year.

1994-2003 Tutor at Monash University Short Courses Centre teaching basic papermaking, advanced papermaking, plant fibre papermaking and introduction to simple bookbinding.

2004-5 Holmesglen TAFE Shortcourses Program Bookbinding & Paper Decoration and Papermaking

1987-Present Various demonstrations and workshops at Community Centres, Shopping Centres , Schools and Hospitals.

1970-72 Maths Science Lilydale & University High Schools


Membership of Professional Organizations

2018 Papermakers of Victoria President

1999-2016 Women’s Art Register Convenor

2011 - 2015 International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists

(IAPMA) president

2006 - 2013 International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists

(IAPMA) editor

2004 International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists

(IAPMA) vice-president

2003 International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists

(IAPMA) - Member at large.

1998-2004 Papermakers of Victoria inc.  President

1999 Victorian Bookbinders Guild  vice-president

1997-8 Victorian Bookbinders Guild  - committee member,

1989-1997 Papermakers of Victoria inc. Treasurer

Craft Victoria member

Craft Australia member

Contemporary Art Society of Victoria member

NAVA member



Artist Statement:

My love affair with paper began many years ago when I first learned to make my own. I love all the many things you can do with paper. I love to make pulp paintings, cast paper, installations, books and cards. I love to make paper from plants and see what surprises are in store. I love to recycle because I care for the environment. I love to make something valuable out of something that would otherwise be thrown away. Most of all I love the fact that even although I’ve been making paper for over thirty years, I’m still experimenting and learning new techniques.




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