In 1987 Anne Vilsbøll founded Strynø Papieratelier; the first place in Denmark, where the focus was on handmade paper as an artistic means of expression. The atelier served as a gathering place for artists from many parts of the world. Courses were held here for eg. World Craft Council, visits by academy and design school students who received guidance, art associations, art clubs, etc. and paper and art were made for various commissions . There were interns and assistants at the workshop and international artists came to conduct courses with Anne Vilsbøll. After 15 years at Strynø in the Southern Funen Archipelago, the studio moved to southern France, and in 2019 back to Denmark as The Paper Academy.
In the US, there are paper workshops at art colleges. This is not the case in DK, despite the fact that paper/cellulose could offer an independent line at the art academies and design schools. In the 21st century art world, material and form categories have become irrelevant, and we place importance on the act of creation, the making. Rather, acting in an act of creation can be seen as a meta-action, as an art in itself, where one makes the invisible visible, physical and tangible. This study of the material is art. It is important to direct the creative energy into the origin of things – now more than ever before, which is the paper academy’s mission.