We could make sculpture without our handmade paper, but we'd rather not.

A piece of composition from this afternoon , 2019 abaca paper, pigmented and dyed colors, wire, painted plywood 8’ across

A piece of composition from this afternoon, 2019 abaca paper, pigmented and dyed colors, wire, painted plywood 8’ across

Landes Sullivan are Barbara Landes and Paul Sullivan, wife and husband, making art together in Madison, Wisconsin.

Our work grows out of our handmade papers and our studio experiments and tribulations with paper fibers. Other materials come in to complement and sometimes literally to support the paper such as insulation foam board, wood and heavy wire.

Our collaboration is indivisible. We make the parts together and we compose them together. When we make drawings, we swop a sharpie back and forth. See How we work for more.

Full time collaborators since 2015, we met in the mid 1990s at the NY Academy of Art, a grad school for figurative art in NYC. The figure didn’t stick with us, but we did. We shared a studio in Jersey City at 111 First St for 13 years. Paul went to the Art Students League for a few years before NYAA. Afterward, studied Industrial Design at Pratt. We moved to Madison for more grad school for Barbara in printmaking and papermaking at UW Madison and the Center for the Book at the Univ of Iowa in Iowa City.

Feel free to email:  landessullivan at gmail.com

papermaking links for supplies, organizations and blogs


Paul's resume and a page of his sculptures and another of his designs

One day, we’re going to make a piece that can only be called Way up.

near the studio, February 2 2019