I graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts & Tufts University during 1963-1973. During 1968-1982, I was employed as conservator at the Merrimack Valley Textile Museum (renamed Textile Museum of American History). In 1969, the museum school awarded me a traveling fellowship to study in Europe the art, craft and preservation of paper and papermaking, This date is when I formerly developed my professional interest in these topics. Over the years I have used these four trademarks.

During this period, I considered developing a fine printing press named, The Diving Gull Press. The diving gull design was adapted from a c.1495 French watermark, (refer: W.A. Churchill, Watermarks in Paper, 1935). A corner detail of this watermark appears in my framed serigraph print exhibited in 1971 at the New England Arts Festival, Cambridge, MA. The diving gull press did not evolve as planned due to educational and museum duties.

Note: As a teenager I worked as a crew member on charter fishing boats out of Falmouth Harbor, Massachusetts, and experienced my share of diving gulls.

The second trademark was adapted from the Hauser heraldic coat of arms. The name Busyhaus is derived from the words Busy and House (or Haus in German). In 1973, the Busyhaus Papermaking Workshop was established instructing students in the history, preservation and making of handmade paper. (refer: Robert Hauser, History as History, Hand Papermaking Journal, Vol.28, No. 2, 2012.) In 1976, the Busyhaus design was registered with the U.S. Patent Office.

After retiring in 2011 from the Bedford Whaling Museum as museum conservator, I joined my wife at our home in Sharon, NH. In 2015, I designed a third trademark to distinguish it from the second trademark by further adapting my coat of arms. The second trademark represents my museum and design experiences. The third trademark represents my visual arts studies and website, busyhausartworks.com.

Robert Hauser
July 2023