Mandy Brannan


Thursday, November 17, 2016

New Venture

I am having my book arts designs printed on cushions.
This one is from my book regarding the Great Arthur House - a central  building in the Golden Lanes Estate - right next to the Barbican.

Got the pillow printed at 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Small Publishers Fair

Wow....what a great two days....

The number of attendees was defiantly higher than in previous years..

Sold so many books. Plus my new 'Brutal Brutalist Barbican' was purchased for the Tate Britian artists' book collection. And my new magazine 'Pressed' with an article written by my fellow papermaker, Lucy Baxandall, was well received!

 'Brutal Brutalist Barbican'

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

5 Day Course: Hand Papermaking for Book Artists

Five days of paper making for book and what an amazing week.
It took place at Merton Abbey Mills coordinated by Chloe Spicer the curator of  Object Book...

Over the five days everyone experimented, pulped, pigmented, blended, pounded and put together some work that was amazing.....

And the Penguins

Monday, August 1, 2016

Walthamstow Garden Party

Had a great time running a Japanese style paper making demo at the William Morris Gallery.....

Lots of folks
Lots of conversations

The Paekakariki Press guys printed on my nettle papers

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Walthamstow Garden Party

'oooooo'.... been invited to do a demo of paper making in the William Morris Gallery for the Walthamstow Garden Party......

Monday, June 27, 2016

Also......another great project

Just received a new order for the bespoke wedding gift.;postID=1808405711732037618;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=10;src=postname

This time the flowers from the brides bouquet are pink roses ....... lighter that the petals in Sara's bouquet ......

Sara's Thank-You cards...

Back by popular demand.....

I am teaching another Sunday 'Japanese style' paper making workshop for artists, printmakers and creatives.

Sundays, 10 – 3:30 p.m.
17th and 24th July 2016
30 mins lunch break
Course fee: £130 per student for early registration by 7th July
£140 after 7th July

The maximum number of participants for this two week event will again be 3 and, of course, tea and cakes will be provided!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Nettle Papers

Making handmade paper using nettle stems.......a very tough fibre that needs to be added to abaca with some gampi to create a usable sheet. Without these added fibres the results would be too brittle and harsh to be used as paper.
The cooking and processed nettle stems....

freshly found and trimmed

cooked and ready to remove unwanted
slimy green stuff

ready to add to abaca and gampi

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Let's see if we can get this five week workshop up and running.......

Morley College has a great studio for paper making.
Lucy Baxandall and Mandy Brannan will be teaching a ‘one of a kind’, 5 week hand papermaking experience that will cover so many aspects of this exciting process that between us we will enable you to learn techniques that will give you many ideas for your arts and crafts practice. Whether you are an absolute beginner or if you have had some experience, this course will introduce you to different methods of papermaking – Western (Lucy) and Eastern (Mandy).

Here are some images of my students' work from last years' students.......

Monday, May 2, 2016

I am quite excited to be part of this great new program that is led by Chloe Spicer

I will be running a 5 day 'Papermaking for Book Arts' workshop

This five-day workshop will introduce both historical and contemporary hand papermaking leading to the understanding of the technical and creative possibilities facilitated by making paper for the book arts’ multifaceted nature.

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Jane and I will be off to Leeds in a couple of weeks for this year's 'Pages' event.

Adding to my DNA Shift books 

I would thought  take some of my Chine Cole Colograph prints

incorporating handmade paper: fibres manipulated using the Japanese style of paper making.

a genetic paradigmic shift..…a shift that is created within ourselves on a molecular level…one that causes a change/alteration/modification within the building blocks of our DNA.

chemical exposure
restructured genetic information

Monday, February 1, 2016

Japanese Washi handmade paper and creative book making workshop

I am running my two day workshop - back by popular demand!

Register before the 20th February and pay £130

Sundays 10 am - 3:30 pm
17th and 24th April
Fee £140
Materials included
3 students max

internet searching

Well, every now and again I spend some time seeing what's out there under my name......
as we all do!

Found this one and even though they have my name miss spelt and so my website is miss spelt  - the article is great and would love to meet up with these ladies to have another workshop.

Art for Art Books

Other websites.....

International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Papermaking with plants

My Sunday workshops are really producing some interesting work. My latest one
had two students experimented with the different fibres with the idea of using
the resulting papers in their own arts practice.

Lucy Cooper, who is currently studying at Camberwell for her MA Visual Arts: Printmaking, sent me this photo. 'Following a theme of memory layering/distorting/blurring - she used the the papers with the chine colle method of printing.'

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bespoke Wedding Gift

New for this year .... what to give a couple for their wedding .... A bespoke gift

Using a selection of the wedding bouquet flowers and greenery I will create a collection of papers using the traditional Japanese style of paper making that can be given as keepsakes in thank-you cards, to use as a back sheet to frame the wedding photographs in frames or to use in the creation of the couples wedding photo album.

In the process to enable the flowers and plant materials to become archival they will loose their colouration. So with the help of photographic documentation (the wedding photos) the paper fibres used to create the collection will be coloured with light safe pigments. The colours of the wedding attire/decor can also be included.

The hand sewn album will include.....
Five 18 x18 cm and twenty  6.5 x 6.5 cm sheets (great for Thank You cards)
All made individually and they all have deckle edges.
All I will require will be a selection of the flowers/greenery from the couple
that have been allowed to dry.
Cost : £120

Contact me at for more options and to ask questions

The bouquet....