Jane Eccles

My introduction to the art of handmade paper was an outcome of my experience as a printmaker and etcher. I began to investigate the specific qualities of various papers as to the suitability for printmaking. This lead to a “hands-on” introduction to the process of forming paper from hydrated plant fibers. I developed some proficiency with both Oriental and Western styles of papermaking. But, in order to focus on the use of color in my work, I concentrated on Western sheet forming using a mold and deckle and cotton and linen pulp. By this means, I was able to draw on my experience as an abstract painter and to experiment with possibilities unique to the medium of handmade paper itself.

Contemporary art and literary works have influenced my subject matter. In particular, I have devised variations on the themes of Paul Klee in my Signal and Gem series, and the prose of Hanry Beston in The Outermost House describes a sunrise while I was living for a season on Nauset Beach near my home in Orleans, MA.Jane Eccles


Jane Eccles, a year-round resident of Cape Cod, is an internationally known papermaker. She has exhibited her handmade paper at Firestone Library in Princeton, NJ, and at Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown, MA. Additionally, her paperworks were exhibited at the Florence Biennale in 2005.

Eccles is also the recipient of the New Jersey State Council of the Arts Fellowship for distinguished work in printmaking. Her art is in several museum collections: Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Firestone Library of Princeton University, Zimmerli Museum of Rutgers University, Newark Museum and the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland, as well as many corporate and private collections.