Susan Gosin founded Dieu Donné Press in 1974, while in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, where many of her role models on the faculty, including Walter Hamady, Warrington Colescott, and Bill Weege, were involved in book arts, papermaking, and printmaking. She named the project after her father, Dieu Donné François Gosin, who came from a multi-generational family of commercial papermakers. In 1976, Gosin and Bruce Wineberg moved Dieu Donné Press to New York, and she became a professional hand papermaker and collaborator. In 1987, Gosin, as sole proprietor, separated Dieu Donné Press from Dieu Donné Papermill, which was incorporated as a non-profit. Dieu Donné Press continues to publish limited editions of fine artist books while Dieu Donné Papermill has developed various collaboration, publishing, and educational programs. The organization has moved from SoHo, to Midtown, and recently to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Dieu Donné's goal has been to master the traditional craft, define archival standards, develop contemporary practices in making fine sheets of custom paper for all artistic needs, and to expand the applications of the papermaking process for making original two- and three-dimensional art. With a dedicated staff, collaborators, artists, and printmakers, Dieu Donné Press and Dieu Donné Papermill explore the creative potential of papermaking as a stand-alone medium and in partnership with various art forms, including all kinds of fine printing. Among those who have collaborated with Dieu Donné on book projects and handmade paper editions are Richard Tuttle, James Siena, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Eliza Kentridge (pictured above). –RW