Paper Alchemy

  • Katharina Vones (Contributor)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition


Paper Alchemy has a unique premise. Invited participants are provided with Thurmanite® for them to use in their own designs. Initially, participants were all metalsmiths but additional participants using a wide range of media are being added to the project. Through the unifying thread of Thurmanite®, exhibition visitors can see how each maker reacts and creates differently while all using the same material. Since Thurmanite® can be composed of a wide range of recycled papers, the content and aesthetics of each block of material vary widely, from maps to old textbooks to colorful construction papers. How Thurmanite® is carved or shaped also dramatically alters its appearance in a finished piece as well. The conjunction of these tremendously varied artworks create a unique thematic approach focused on an unusual and unique material. The following are links to each venue of Paper Alchemy. It debuted in Istanbul, Turkey, at Atelier Maya, June 18-30, 2021. The debut of Paper Alchemy in the United States was at Radford University’s Art Museum at Covington Center, September 6 to November 19, 2021. More venues will continue to be added as the exhibition continues to travel throughout the United States and internationally.
Period18 Jun 20212024
Event typeExhibition
LocationIstanbul, TurkeyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Contemporary Jewellery
  • Materiality