M. Runnels



M. Runnells has been working as a papermaker for the past fifteen years. A graduate of Northwestern University, she majored in printmaking. However, the chemicals used in producing that work proved too toxic. So, she spent the next ten years journeying through various media until, by coincidence, she happened upon the art of making paper. It is in papermaking that she found her calling.

M. combines both Eastern and Western techniques and fibers to create her richly colored works. These pieces are fanciful interpretations of life in color and texture. While the works resemble paintings, no paint is used in their creation. Only pigmented fibers, manipulated into handmade paper sheets, are used to make her paper.

M.s papermaking process begins with Kozo (an oriental Mulberry tree sapling). It is cooked and then hand beaten with a wooden mallet or 2X4 for about two hours (this separates and shortens the cellulose fibers). Then the fibers are pigmented and used as a base layer on a screen. Cotton half-stuffs is beaten by machine anywhere from four to seven hours (depending on how the fiber will be used). These cotton fibers are also pigmented and used as another base layer.

In the last four years, M. has exhibited in the top shows in the country, including:

  • Smithsonian Craft Show - Washington, D.C.
  • Cherry Creek Arts Show - Denver, CO.
  • American Craft Expo - Evanston, IL
  • Milwaukee Lakefront Arts Festival - Milwaukee, WI
  • ACC Baltimore - Baltimore, MD
  • ACC Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
  • ACC St. Paul - St. Paul, MN
  • ACC Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
  • Longs Park Arts Festival - Lancaster, PA
  • Plaza Art Show - Kansas City, MO
  • Columbus Arts Festiva - Columbus, OH
  • Port Clinton Arts Festival - Highland Park,Il

Evanston, IL
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"Balancing Act IV"

28" x 36"
Pigmented cotton and Kozo fibers appliqued with cotton thread.


"Napali Coast"

26" x 36"
Pigmented cotton and Kozo fibers - pieced with cotton thread.


"Topography III"

24" x 40"
Handmade paper made from pigmented cotton and Kozo fibers.


"View from the Reef II"

32" x 40"
Handmade paper made from pigmented cotton and Kozo fibers.


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