Paper On Snow

The Sunday Paper #197

February 25, 2018

Paper of the Week: Five Books about Paper Folding

I have collected books about paper folding, paper engineering and paper design for over 30 years. There are some oldies and goodies that are still circulating out there. Some of these are visual catalogs for inspiration and others are serious how-to manuals. Check out this round-up of Five Books about Paper Folding Techniques.

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In of the Studio: 

It’s finally been snowing here in Colorado and I decided to take some of my paper pieces outside. This was my favorite composition: Paper on Snow.
 
Papery Tidbits:
  • I’ll be teaching two workshops at Idyllwild in SoCal the week of July 4th, and I’d love to see you there!: #1: The Potential of Paper and #2: Paper Sculpture).
  • Register now for the annual Red Cliff Paper Retreat! This is the only event I hold in my Colorado studio. Join us Sept 7-9 and/or Sept 11-13.
  • Have you listened to the latest episode of Paper Talk featuring Priscilla Robinson?

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This is a fascinating article about how pastel artists of the 18th century supersized their pictures by piecing together sheets of paper.

Portrait of Gabriel Bernard de Rieux; Maurice-Quentin de La Tour (French, 1704 – 1788); Paris, France, Europe; 1739 to 1741; Pastel and gouache on paper mounted on canvas; 200.7 × 149.9 cm (79 × 59 in.); The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

It is becoming more popular for origami to be used to teach math and science concepts. I enjoyed reading about how Thomas Hull incorporates paper folding into his lectures. He instructed the audience to use a pen to make a dot in the center of a sheet of origami paper. Then he said to make a few folds over the dot. Once the audience folded their desired amount of folds, he asked them to open the paper back up and count the amount of mountains and valleys the paper had. As people called out their different numbers, he recorded them on a spreadsheet, allowing the audience to see what each of the pairs of numbers had in common. There’s nothing like hands-on learning!

This is a lovely Q&A with Rob Ryan, paper cutter extraordinaire!

I enjoyed these works and sentiments by collage artist Joe Dance: “I collect paper and ephemera from various sources, including what I might find on the street. When I start working on a new collage, I begin with an element that has a particular appeal to me and build from there–pulling in other elements that resonate–tearing, cutting, pasting–responding to balance, color, line and pattern as they present themselves–in essence, painting with paper.”

I’ve never purchased a lottery ticket, but this is a pretty cool paper ad for the Missouri Lottery.

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Best Paper Folding Books

PAPER FOLDING ROUND-UP

I have collected books about paper folding, paper engineering and paper design for over 30 years. I began my quest at The Strand in NYC when I lived there in late 80’s/early 90’s. And then I moved to Portland, OR where I discovered the paper craft section at Powell’s Books, ooh la la! I always find a few gems there. I am embarrassed to admit that I have not yet visited The Tattered Cover in my new(ish) home state, but hey, I live 2 hours from Denver!

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Some of these books were written awhile ago, but they still have great content! Others are out of print, but you can still find used copies. This list is just the tip of the iceberg. I’ll be posting another round-up featuring more books on the subject. Let me know if you have a favorite book about paper folding, and I’ll consider adding it to this list.

Greeting Cards, A Collection from Around the World

Edited by Takenobu Igarashi, 1989

This book is a visual catalog of 300 innovative paper designs from more than 180 designers from around the world. Filled with inspiration, the selection of wedding, birth, and moving announcements, party invitations and holiday cards push the boundaries of graphic design, especially when you consider these designs are from the pre-digital age! Post digital-age pricing is a plus: I purchased this book at NY Central Art Supply in NYC for $34.95 in the late 80’s. Click the link and you’ll be in for a nice surprise!

Three Dimensional Graphics

Edited by Keizo Matsui, 1987

I love the title of this book and it makes me wonder when the phrase paper engineering came to be. This is another visual catalog that features pop-ups, fold-outs, accordion structures, and packaging ideas. These are all from the mid 1900’s but look contemporary. 120 innovative paper pieces by designers from around the world all featuring three-dimensional elements. These days, getting a letter is really special, but getting a three-dimensional card is even better!

Collapsible: The Genius of Space-Saving Design

Per Mollerup, 2001

The jacket of this book features words describing unique ways that designers have utilized  space-saving techniques: compact, compress, condense, contract, deflate, decrease, reduce, implode, wrinkle, pucker, bundle, enclose, break down, ball up, draw in, fold, collapse. The designs featured in this book are not limited to paper, but they will intrigue your imagination. Think blow-up chair, slide rule, nesting fork/knife/spoon, pocket knife, tent and more!

Folding Techniques for Designers, From Sheet to Form

Paul Jackson, 2011

You might call this extreme origami. After postgraduate studies in London, Paul Jackson sent proposals to teach origami to schools with fashion, textile, graphic design and jewelry design departments, and they were into it! He has since taught sheet to form workshops around the world, and this book is filled with ideas for designers working with any kind of sheet material. This is a how-to book with instructions. Bonus! There’s a DVD included with the book, so you can print out the folding patterns.

Paper Folding Templates for Print Design

Trish Witkowski, 2011

This book is filled with inspiration for graphic designers (and book artists). Witkowski catalogs the basic folds most commonly used in graphic design (accrordion, gate, map, and roll folds to name a few), discusses paper types, qualities and sheet sizes, shows examples of printed matter and provides diagrams for how each fold works, along with ideas for pushing boundaries and saving money when designing for print. Check out Trish Witkowski’s 60 Second Super Cool Fold of the Week videos.

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Priscilla Robinson on Paper Talk

The Sunday Paper #196

February 18, 2018

Paper of the Week: New Podcast Episode! Paper Talk

I love hearing the stories of hand papermakers: how they discovered paper, what drew them in (hand papermaking is a serious commitment after all), how they’ve set up their studios, and the twists and turns of their careers. Paper Talk is a monthly podcast series featuring artists and professionals in the field. I just released Episode 21 with Priscilla Robinson, a paper artist based in Austin and Taos. Have a listen!

© Priscilla Robinson, Garden of the Summer Moon, cast paper, acrylic, fused glass, commissioned by Inova, Fairfax, VA

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In the Studio: 

My bi-annual paper sale continues through Tuesday. I had a little mix-up when I launched it here last week, so feel free to take another look! Twice a year, I clear out my flat files to make room for new papers, and you get a paper sale! Treat yourself to unique handmade papers that you won’t find anywhere else in the world!

I have a surplus of decorative paper packs and they’re going for $20 each

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Papery Tidbits:

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Here’s a paper chain with meaning. Auckland artist Tracey Cannon is using her latest exhibition to show how the mental health system is failing some people. Her experience with mental health issues and being admitted to an Israeli psychiatric hospital in her 20s inspired her art, Chain of Events.

A 200 meter paper chain made up of pages from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Volume 4.

This is a sweet tutorial for making an origami fortune cookie. When I lived in NYC and worked at Dieu Donné Papermill, we printed up paper fortunes and had them inserted into our own custom fortune cookies in Chinatown!

Here’s a clever gift! Give the gift of paper with Hand Papermaking Magazine’s special Paper Valentine”! Simply order a one-year subscription to Hand Papermaking any time in February, and they’ll send a free extra copy of our current (Winter 2017) issue to a loved one of your choosing. Use the code “PAPERVALENTINE-MC1” when you order, and be sure to have your loved one’s address handy.

I love this sentiment about the substrate that the artist Zarina uses in her work: “Paper — sheets of creamy surfaces that reveal an extraordinary range of tones and textures — forms the core of Zarina Hashmi’s epic showing at Gallery Espace in New Delhi“. Some of the headlines are great too: Prayer and Geometry, Abstract yet Minimal. And the title of the show: Weaving Darkness and Silence. If you find yourself in New Delhi, have a look at her work at Gallery Espace, on view until March 3, 2018.

(Left) Zarina Hashmi, Behind the Fence, 2017, woodcut printed in black on BFK light paper, mounted on Arches Black paper, edition 1/15; (Right) Untitled, 2017, collage with BFK paper printed with black ink, mounted on Somerset Antique paper

This is a great article about how designer Anna Bond built Rifle Paper Company, which started in her garage, into a multi-million dollar company.

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Origami Paper Pouch Tutorial

The Sunday Paper #195

February 11, 2018

Thanks to everyone who entered the February Twelve Months of Paper Giveaway for a chance to win a selection of pop-up cards from Up With Paper/UWP Luxe! Congratulations to Stuart Copans for winning!

Paper of the Week: Winter Online Paper Sale

Twice a year, I clear out my flat files to make room for new papers, and you get a paper sale! Treat yourself to unique handmade papers that you won’t find anywhere else in the world! Everything is discounted – yippee! Click on over to read about all of the papers and get yours. Order soon, as I typically sell out. And there’s a bonus for the first 10 who order!

This is one of 5 packages: the Funky Abaca Package features 5 different types of abaca paper.

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In the Studio: 

This is a new monthly feature on the blog: a video tutorial featuring a paper and a project. Click here to watch my Origami Paper Pouch Tutorial unless you see the video below.

I mention a few resources in the tutorial:

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Papery Tidbits:
  • Learn to make papers like those you see above at the annual Red Cliff Paper Retreat! This is the only event I hold in my Colorado studio. Join us Sept 7-9 and/or Sept 11-13.
  • I wrote a guest blog post this week for Thinking3D about my artist’s book Tangential.

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How cool is this? Cross Cultural Collaborative facilitates cultural exchanges between creative people of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels at it’s cultural center in a fishing village in Ghana. One of it’s many workshops teaches Ghanaian children how to make paper from sugar cane leaves and books, boxes and other paper items. The sale of the products pays for  school fees and teaches the children a work ethic and pride in self. Contact aba@culturalcollaborative.org for more information about the children or traveling to Ghana.

You can see some of the items they make at this link

If you have a copy of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, have you made the February project, the sliceform heart? I’d love to see a photo! Still need a calendar? The how-to content is everlasting, and they are available at a steep discount in my online paper sale.

Ladies: need some red shoes for your Valentine’s Day date? Check out these paper shoes by Violise Lunn. #notpractical

Magnolia Editions in Oakland produces some really innovative work! What sets them apart from other printmakers is that they blend techniques that are hundreds of years old with ones that are cutting-edge. Don Farnsworth, who founded and still runs the shop, makes paper replicating the kind that was used by artists during the Renaissance, and he also uses a digital flatbed printer to make prints.

This is some fantastic writing by Joshua Rothman in the New Yorker about a paper jam (i.e. a machine malfunction on a huge piece of papermaking equipment). “At the apex of its trajectory, at the moment when it was supposed to connect with the conveyor belt, its back corners drooped. They dragged on the platform below, and, like a trapeze flier missing a catch, the paper sank downward.” Read the entire article here.

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Up With Paper/UWP Luxe Giveaway!

The Sunday Paper #194

February 4, 2018

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Paper of the Week: Up With Paper/UWP Luxe Giveaway!

Get a snail mail starter pack with this giveaway collaboration from Up With Paper and UWP Luxe.

The Up With Paper package includes two Panoramics—horizontal-format greeting cards with interior pull-tabs to make the pop-ups interactive; two Treasures with cheeky art; and one globe greeting—engineered with a waffle technique and paired with both a note and salutation sticker sheet to personalize your card.

The UWP Luxe package includes a stellar pop-up boxed notes set, one laser-cut card from the Layers Greetings line, and three brightly foiled Pure Alchemy pop-up cards. Click here to enter the Giveaway, and one winner will be selected at random, notified and announced here next week.

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In the Studio: 
This wasn’t a very interesting week (visually) in the studio. I packed and shipped out the supply kits for Paper Weaving, which begins next week and started editing the videos and writing the how-to guides. Here’s the Green Bridge that I drive under when I take the back way into and out of Red Cliff (where my studio is). This was an atypical no sun day!
Papery Tidbits:
  • Want to visit me in Red Cliff and learn about hand papermaking techniques? The annual Red Cliff Paper Retreat is open for registration and this year’s theme is illuminated paper. This is the only event I hold in my Colorado studio. Join us Sept 7-9 and/or Sept 11-13.
  • It isn’t too late to sign up for Paper Weaving. Join a group of paper lovers from around the world as you weave your paper stash into works of art! Class begins this coming Wednesday!
  • Did you see this tutorial I wrote on how to make a Vellum Paper Ring a few weeks ago?
  • I’m building up a paper library! Here’s the latest addition: Best Papermaking Techniques Books.

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Book artists! Abecedarian Gallery is looking for works for a traveling exhibition of book, wall and sculptural works that use threads as a primary element to present a narrative. The deadline for submissions is March 5.

© Julie Nocent-Vigil, Santa Fe

This is a mesmerizing installation! Diffusion Choir is a kinetic sculpture that uses 400 folding elements to reveal the movements of an invisible flock of birds. Its movements are always changing, driven by custom software running a flocking algorithm. The sculpture hangs in the atrium of 650 East Kendall Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was commissioned by BioMed Realty.

I enjoyed Todd Moe’s radio interview on North Country Public Radio featuring paper artist Velma Bolyard… it is an interesting experience listening to (but not seeing) paper being made. And I love Velma’s thought … “it’s like you are reaching from your hands and heart right into the earth.”

Mmmmm. the largest known early map of the world, within the pages of a book! The 60 sheet manuscript world map made in 1587 by Urbano Monte has been acquired by the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford Libraries, which scanned the sheets, then digitally stitched them together.

This is a lovely slideshow of Japanese wrapping techniques.

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Luminous Paper Birds

The Sunday Paper #193

January 28, 2018

Paper of the Week: Five Books about Hand Papermaking Techniques

I’m a huge fan of innovation in paper. This medium is incredible because aside from just making your own sheets, you can paint with pulp, drape freshly formed sheets over an armature, cast, embed, emboss, create watermarks, add inclusions and more. Check out this selection of books that focus on hand papermaking techniques.

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In of the Studio: 
This was the week to film the videos for Paper Weaving! My friend and fellow papermaker Daria Wilber came up from Denver to help film the six lessons. Now on to editing!
Papery Tidbits:
  • It isn’t too late to sign up for Paper Weaving. Join a group of paper lovers as you weave your paper stash into works of art!
  • Want to learn about hand papermaking techniques? My annual Red Cliff Paper Retreat is open for registration and this year’s theme is illuminated paper. This is the only event I hold in my Colorado studio. Join us Sept 7-9 and/or Sept 11-13.

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There’s a new episode of Paper Talk featuring my conversation with San Antonio artist Beck Whitehead. Have a listen!

Swoonthe artist of the same name has an iconic style of portraiture, which she creates in her studio (out of paper) and then brings out to the street, using wheatpaste to transfer it onto walls.

Have you seen these Game of Throne pop-ups, created by LovePop in partnership with HBO?

Did anyone go to Lumiere, Vancouver’s winter light festivalLuminous Birds by Kathy Hinde, was an animated flock of origami-style birds suspended overhead. The birds are created in Tyvek, a water- and rip-proof paperlike material. As night fell, synchronized lighting sequences and music create the effect of birds flying overhead.

Luminous Birds by Kathy Hinde in Alexandra Park, Lumière Vancouver. Photo by the artist

This is a fascinating Q&A with Robert Lang, a physicist turned freelance artist and consultant who uses his background in physics and math to solve big problems with origami techniques.

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Best Paper Technique Books

HAND PAPERMAKING TECHNIQUES

I’m a huge fan of innovation in paper. This medium is incredible because aside from just making your own sheets, you can paint with pulp, drape freshly formed sheets over an armature, cast, embed, emboss, create watermarks, add inclusions and more. Check out this selection of books that focus on hand papermaking techniques.

Feel free to pin this image to share this resource with the wider paper community.

Some of these books were written awhile ago, but they still have great content! Others are out of print, but you can still find used copies. Let me know if you have a favorite book about hand papermaking techniques, and I’ll consider adding it to this list.

Papermaking: How to Make Handmade Paper for Printmaking, Drawing, Painting, Relief & Cast Forms, Books Arts, and Mixed Media

Jules Heller, 1978

Written by a professor in the 1970’s who did thorough research when the renaissance of hand papermaking as an art form was occurring. This book includes chapters on the practice and theory of hand papermaking, a gallery of experimental approaches by artists (including brief biographies), a section on papermaking for schools, including resources and a glossary, plus an incredible bibliography.

The Art of Papermaking

Bernard Toale, 1983

Similar to Heller’s book, but written 15 years later when the craft had blossomed and printing in full color had become more common. Toale writes comprehensively about Eastern, Western and plant fiber techniques. There is also a section on contemporary sculptural techniques including spraying pulp, making moulds and vacuum table casting. Includes a glossary, bibliography and an appendix listing suppliers of the time.

Creative Handmade Paper: How to Make Paper from Recycled & Natural Materials

David Watson, 1991

This is a basic step-by-step book with color photos for making paper at home: recycled paper, plant papers, embossing, coloring, watermarks, making large sheets, pulp painting, collage and a simple bookbinding project.

Packed with creative and environmentally friendly ideas, this books shows how to transform waste papers and plants into an array of handmade papers & sculptured landscapes.

The Art & Craft of Papermaking

Sophie Dawson, 1992

This book has a comprehensive section on all of the papermaking basics, from beating to fiber collection and pulp preparation, sheet forming, couching, pressing, drying and finishing. Experimental techniques with color photography including laminating, embedding, inclusions, shaped sheets, embossing, making papyrus, watermarking & more. Special sections include pulp spraying, vacuum forming, sculptural techniques, book arts, paper for textiles, and paper for prints.

The Papermaker’s Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Making & Using Handmade Paper

Helen Hiebert, 2000

Yes, this is a shameless plug for my own book, but many colleagues tell me they use it as a text book in their classrooms. This book covers basic to professional equipment, a variety of methods for making paper and comprehensive details for exploring papermaking techniques.

I made a companion film called The Papermaker’s Studio Guide DVD which you might also like.

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Paper e-Love

The Sunday Paper #192

January 21, 2018

Paper of the Week: Paper Love e-course

How about starting the New Year with an adventure in paper? Registration for Rachel Hazell’s PaperLove e-course is now open and readers of the Sunday Paper get a special 10% discount off the full price. Starting 12th February, the five week PaperLove course is packed with brilliant projects, accessible techniques and intriguing ideas. Each week explores different themes – Paper, Collage, Word, Book and Mail. 

Join Rachel to:

  • Give yourself a challenge to stimulate your senses, and start the year with a positive burst of creativity
  • Develop a wide range of craft skills and techniques, such as bookbinding, origami and expressive calligraphy
  • Join an international community of like-minded makers. 
  • Get inspired: Learn about extraordinary artists. Follow links. Take your ideas further

Create your own paper pleasures, with clear step by step instructions.

‘Rachel is thoroughly engaging, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and funny to boot…. I found my tribe.’ Jan, PaperLove 2017

 Reserve your place using the coupon code SP10.

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Out of the Studio: 
I was in NYC this week for a couple of days and stumbled across this lovely paper weaving by Gertrud Goldschmidt at MOMA! It’s tiny – just 5″ x 7″ or so.

Papery Tidbits:

  • The Paper Weaving online class begins soon! Join a growing international group of paper lovers and register today if you would like to receive the supply kit before class begins.
  • Prefer to work with me in person? The annual Red Cliff Paper Retreat is also open for registration and this year’s theme is illuminated paper. This is the only event I hold in my Colorado studio. Join us Sept 7-9 and/or Sept 11-13.

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Wowza! Yamandu Ploskonka is producing a new textured handmade paper. Cinque Tooth is Papel Texano’s specialty finish that imitates the surface of Renaissance paper. The deep grooves of Cinquecento paper are ideal for charcoal, chalk and sanguine artists. Pastels were invented during the Renaissance as the perfect medium to take full advantage of the distinctive surface of the paper. Made by hand with 21st century methods in Austin, Texas, this very classic surface on handmade paper is again available to artists and everyone! If you happen to be in Austin TODAY, you can visit Yama at the Austin 2018 Book, Paper & Photo Show. Or, read more about this paper and order some online today!

Above left: an historic page in the Gutenberg bible. Above right: present day Cinque Tooth paper from Papel Texano.

Here’s a paper-related aspect of the #metoo movement. Amy Tingle is using rape kit paper to create snowflakes and an outlet for victims of sexual assault.

Um, yes please! Check out this line of unique washable paper bags and goods by Uashmama that look and feel like leather, but wash and stand up to daily use with ease. This material looks like the product (kraft tex) I purchased recently at Fancy Tiger in Denver.

Imagine being able to walk through rows of floor-to-ceiling colored paper numbers that range from 0 to 9. Each row of numbers denotes a time of day, from sunrise to sunset. As you move, the cut-outs gradually change in color from vibrant rainbow hues to darker shades, and eventually black, visualizing the passing of time from day into night. Tokyo-based architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux’s Color of Time installation was recently at Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design in Toyama, Japan.

Carve out some time for this documentary about the reconstruction as well as the tale of the Montgolfier brothers’ first hot air balloon in France.

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Vellum Paper Ring Tutorial

The Sunday Paper #191

January 14, 2018

Thanks to everyone who entered the January 12 Months of Paper Giveaway for a a chance to win a selection of adhesives from Washi Arts! Congratulations to Tricia Snell for winning the Japanese Adhesive Assortment. Have fun getting sticky!

Paper of the Week: Vellum Ring

This is a new monthly feature on the blog: a paper tutorial featuring a paper and a project. If you are reading this via e-mail, click here to watch my Vellum Paper Ring Tutorial (and to read the rest of this post).

I love designing with paper and made a model of this basic origami fold on a circle years ago. It got tucked away in a drawer until I was dreaming up projects for my book Playing With Paper. Is this how you work? Inspiration comes in the moment – needing to come up with 18 projects for a book – combined with the tangibles – hmm, that model could be folded in the round, and I think I can attach it to that cool ring blank I just saw in the craft store with a magnet!

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In the Studio: Bear with me for a couple more weeks as enrollment continues for Paper Weaving, my new online class.  Have you watched the video about it (today’s blog post all about videos)?! Click here to watch it, learn more about the class, and register. There’s a bonus if you order the paper pack by January 20th (a free Twelve Months of Paper Calendar).

Papery Tidbits:

  • Registration for the annual Red Cliff Paper Retreat is now open. This is the only event I hold in my Colorado studio. Join us Sept 7-9 and/or Sept 11-13.
  • I was featured in the winter issue of Vail Beaver Creek Magazine: check out the story here! My mother-in-law didn’t recognize me in the photo!
  • Copies of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar are still available, and the custom paper packs are back in stock.

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A book and paper heroine and “a true Vermont treasure”, Claire Van Vliet is showing pulp paintings from the series “Sky and Earth” at the Vermont Supreme Court Gallery. Claire is founder of the esteemed Janus Press in Newark, Vermont. The exhibition is up through March 30th if you find yourself in Vermont.

This piece by Joyce Chan caught my eye, and the five questions the writer asked her for this article were an interesting read.

Congratulations to Erica Spizter Rasmussen, winner of the 2018 Minnesota Book Artist Award. Inspiration for her book The Love Affair came when she inherited two handmade wooden boxes filled with love-letters exchanged between her maternal grandparents in the 1930s. Her intent was to retain the couple’s privacy by cutting the pages small enough so that significant content couldn’t be read by others. The book was placed in one of the wooden boxes crafted by her grandfather in the twisted form of an infinity symbol, to suggest that the couple might continue their communion from life into death. The book is on view January 30 – March 13 at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

What can you make with a chopstick sleeve? 8000 paper sculptures! This project began when Yuki Tatsumi, a waiter, noticed that customers often left intricately folded chopstick sleeves. He decided that these were tips (it isn’t customary to leave monetary tips in Japan) and began collecting them from restaurants across the country.

Here’s a great article about the Handmade Paper Institute in India, which was founded in 1940 with the blessing of Mahatma Ghandi.

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Washi Arts Giveaway!

The Sunday Paper #190

January 7, 2018

Paper of the Week: Washi Arts Giveaway!

Start 2018 with a fresh stash of adhesives for your studio from our friends at Washi Arts. This giveaway package includes five different adhesives — from pre-made starch paste in a tube to a half pound of Jin Shofu wheat starch to cook your own archival paste. The Noribake paste brush is a dream to work with. The undyed goat hair is very soft and creates a smooth film of paste on the thinnest paper, and the cypress handle resists rot. Also included are thirty-five letter size sheets of decorative Japanese papers to inspire new projects. The value of this package is $100.00. Click here to enter the Giveaway, and one winner will be selected at random, notified and announced here next week.

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In the Studio: I’m using Washi Arts papers for the supply kit for my new online class Paper Weaving, which is now open for registration. I love the fact that an online class brings a diverse group together – so far this class has attracted participants from New Mexico, Alaska, Colorado, California, Massachussetts, Australia and the UK. One person is taking her paper pack to Mexico, where she’ll create her weavings! Click here to watch the short video about the class, learn more and register. There’s a bonus if you order the paper pack by January 20th (a free Twelve Months of Paper Calendar).

Papery Tidbits:

  • Registration for the annual Red Cliff Paper Retreat is now open. This is the only event I hold in my Colorado studio. Join us Sept 7-9 and/or Sept 11-13.
  • Copies of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar are still available, and the custom paper packs are back in stock.
  • Here are a few shots of the Peace Tree – the January project in the calendar –  made participants in the online class. The custom paper pack contained a red corrugated paper.

 

 

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Doll house meets pop-up book? This beautiful editorial piece was recently crafted by illustrator and paper artist Samantha Pierpoint for the Wall Street Journal to supplement an article about a members-only pop-up hotel (start saving your pennies). What an awesome gig for a paper artist (check out her website)!

This is a super cool story! May Tviet, a design professor at the University of Kansas, had a two year residence in a cardboard factory! Check out her amazing sculptures and read more about her thinking behind her work and the aroma of cardboard. And if you find yourself in Kansas, Universal Boxes is on view through January 28 at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

Five of the sculptures in May Tveit’s ‘Universal Boxes’ at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, left to right: ‘Me & You,’ ‘The Well,’ ‘The Road,’ ‘Say Yes,’ and ‘Purgatory.’ E.G. SCHEMPF

Every few months, I have the privilege of receiving a small handmade paper envelope with a hangable handmade sheet tucked inside. Tom Bennick creates his Badger Paper (a British term for a mixture of leftover fibers that are used to make paper again) from his own leftover fibers from classes, projects and demonstrations. For each badger paper, he uses a minimum of number of words (which he letterpress prints) to get an image across. And for each edition, Bennick creates over 200 pieces of paper, one for the envelope and one for the hanging, and he’s been doing it for more than 16 years!

Are you a geek for planners? I am, but I’ve never found one that suits me just right. I knew I wasn’t alone when I kept seeing planner ads pop up in my facebook feed in December (I’m a sucker, I bought one! I’m trying a new planner from Ink & Volt this year, but that’s another story). Here’s the NYTimes case for using a paper planner. I couldn’t bring myself to reading about the specific planners though, because I’ve made my decision and there’s no turning back. Maybe you still need one?

Here’s an interesting article about the science behind origami holding up (or not) under pressure.

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Hi, I'm Helen Hiebert!
I'm an artist working primarily in handmade paper; I write how-to books and make films about papermaking and paper arts; and I love learning about new techniques and methods for working with paper! You can learn more about me at http://www.helenhiebertstudio.com

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