born in Michigan; working in Berlin. John Gerard, an American artist and papermaker, opened his paper workshop in 1985. His main objective has been to introduce handmade paper and paper pulp as an artistic medium. He wants to show that paper is not just the carrier of an image, but can be the image itself.. His extraordinary understanding of the paper medium allows creative and experimental work at the highest artistic level.. His works are developed from the inside – from the fibers. Material awareness, discipline in the making process are as important for him as the use of traditional techniques and the development of new artistic technique.