Mandy Brannan creates handmade paper by bringing together Japanese and Western styles of papermaking by using traditional bast fibres (kozo and gampi) with linear leaf fibres (abaca and sisal) in combination with found plant materials, recyclable papers and other experimental additions.

Mandy uses her knowledge of historic and contemporary papermaking with an understanding of both the traditional and the experimental skills necessary to create papers that enable the creation of complex designs and patterns with embedded layers that respond to her continually changing research that pushes the boundaries of hand papermaking.

After receiving a BA (Hons) in Silversmithing and Jewellery at Loughborough College of Art and Design she moved to California and while living there studied papermaking with skilled masters and became involved with the diverse papermaking community in America.

Since her return to England in 2008, to study for her MA at Camberwell College of Arts, Mandy has remained in London to continue her arts practice and has collaborated with book artists, printmakers, artists, illustrators and graphic designers to develop and create bespoke papers.