I’ve taken 3 papermaking classes with the wonderful Mary Ashton (via The Weaving Works). Mary’s a fantastic teacher with a well-equipped paper studio. She also has a thorough library of papermaking-related books. Here are the recommendations she’s given out during the 3 classes i’ve taken with her — Introduction to Papermaking, Japanese Papermaking, and Tibetan Papermaking.
Many of these are out-of-print and can be hard to find. I acquired my copies by regularly checking Powell’s, abebooks, and my local used bookstores.
papermaking — general
Art and Craft of Handmade Paper. Studley, Vance. (New York: Dover, 1999.)
Art and Craft of Papermaking. Dawson, Sophie. (London: Quarto Publishing, 1992.)
Complete Book of Papermaking. Asunción, Josep. (New York: Lark Books, 2001.)
Handmade Paper: A Practical Guide to Oriental and Western Techniques. Cunning, Sheril. (Escondido, California: Cunning Enterprises, 1983.)
Paper — Art & Technology. (San Francisco: World Print Council, 1979.)
Papermaking. Heller, Jules. (New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1978.)
Papermaking. Hunter, Dard. (New York: Dover, 1978.)
Which Paper? Turner, Silvie. (Design Press, 1992.)
papermaking — general (student suggestion)
Paper Pleasures. Shannon, Faith. (New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1987.)
papermaking — with plants
Dyeing with Plants in Zimbabwe. Noy, Ilse. (Harare, Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe Foundation for Education with Production, 1988.)
Papermaking with Garden Plants and Common Weeds. Hiebert, Helen. (North Adams, Massachusetts: Storey Publishing, 2006.)
Plant Fibers for Papermaking. Bell, Lilian. (Liliaceae Press, 1981.)
papermaking — with plants (student suggestion)
Art of Papermaking with Plants. Lorenté, Marie-Jeanne. (New York: W.W. Norton, 2004.) Caveat: Mary thought this was a good book overall, except for the fact that the author used bleach and lye in all her papers.
papermaking — Japanese
Japanese Papermaking. Barrett, Timothy. (Trumbull, Connecticut: Weatherhill, 1984.)
Guide to Japanese Papermking. Farnsworth, Donald. (Oakland, California: Magnolia Editions, 1997.)