Named after a pair of English brothers who patented their invention in 1806, the arrival of the Fourdrinier machine marked the very beginning of modern, industrialised paper production, and hence the material’s potential as a truly accessible medium of mass communication. The basic process of papermaking remains founded upon the same core principles of the machine to this day.

the Fourdrinier is an online magazine dedicated to contemporary artists working with paper. Pronounced: 

It is produced by PAPER in Manchester (UK) and co-founded by David Hancock and Sara Jaspan. It is edited by Sara and supported by the following team of resident writers:

Natalie Bradbury is a writer and researcher based in Greater Manchester, and editor of The Shrieking Violet blog and 'zine. She recently finished a PhD which examined a scheme to embed original works of art into post-war British schools. www.natalierosebradbury.co.uk

Anna Columbine is an artist and writer based in Manchester. Her interests are rooted in textiles, photography and drawing. She also works at Bury Art Museum.

Alison Criddle is a writer and producer who received her PhD in Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Manchester in 2017. She is Projects and Sustainability Coordinator at HOME. 

Jo Manby is a writer and artist based in Greater Manchester. She blogs at www.floraliawordsandimages.wordpress.com

Charlotte Patricia Robson is a writer based in West Lancashire.  She has a first-class degree in History of Art from The University of Manchester and has won scholarships to study in both Seoul and Shanghai.

Greg Thorpe is a writer, artist, curator and arts freelancer in Manchester. He manages Superbia – the programme of culture for Manchester Pride – and works for Islington Mill, an independent artist community in Salford. 

Sara Jaspan is a writer and editor based in Manchester. She contributes to titles including Art MonthlyAestheticaAN News, Corridor8 and This Is Tomorrow, and is Exhibitions Editor at Creative Tourist. www.sarajaspan.wordpress.com

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the Fourdrinier is funded by Arts Council England and the University of Salford.

Web design and branding by David Williams.

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