What a Mess! (a new book)

The Sunday Paper #163, June 25, 2017

Paper of the Week: Silk Screened Indian Handmade

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There is a wide selection of imported silkscreen papers from India, and I found this one on a recent visit to Two Hands Paperie in Boulder.

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On the Road:

My daughter’s BFF in Portland was in a fashion show that we went to a couple of nights ago. Her outfit was gorgeous, but what I’m showing here is a Coat of Hope created by the artist Nancy Judd (who specializes in Eco Trash Couture and so much more). This coat is made from Tyvek and attendees were invited to write their hope/s on a strip of Tyvek which was attached to the garment.

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Papery Tidbits:

  • Please contact me if you’re interested in promoting your business by sponsoring a month in the 2018 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.
  • I’ll be launching my biannual online paper sale next month! Stay tuned for a selection of handmade papers you won’t find anywhere else in the world!

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Keith Allen’s new pop-up book, What A Mess! is now available online and in stores! It’s no secret that most children do not like to pick-up after themselves. Packed with amazing paper pop-ups, this book sets out to promote personal responsibility by answering the question: “What would happen if we just didn’t clean-up?” The complex paper-engineering makes this book exciting for all ages and the hilarious story is perfect for both boys and girls ages 3-8.

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Check out these sculptural books by Mumbai based book sculptor Banoo Batliboi rescues old abandoned books and reimagines them in new forms. Batliboi’s works are quite diverse, so click through to read an interview and view more.

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Here’s a cute pop-up penguin to brighten your day! This structure has been around for a long time and utilizes a rubber band, but I’ve never seen a double stacked version like this with one polyhedron on top of the other!

For those of you into computer programming, researchers at MIT have created a universal algorithm for folding origami shapes that guarantees a minimum number of seams. This is a bit above my head, but hooray for the intersection of math and art (and hopefully some of you will find this useful)!

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I discovered these sweet pop-up Portland bridge cards by local artist John Bacone at a little shop on NW 23rd. Google his name + vimeo to watch the bridges in action.

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Magnetic Paper

The Sunday Paper #163, June 18, 2017

Happy Fathers Day!!

Paper of the Week: Duplex Paper

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If you look closely, you can see the edges of the papers above are white. That indicates that the other side of each sheet is also white. I’m making these double-sided (duplex) papers for my next artist’s book, Tangential. I am working my way through the range of chromatic colors, and I’ll end up with ten assorted papers in a few weeks! You’ll have to wait to see the significance of the double-sided papers in the book – there is a reason!

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In the Studio:

For me, designing a book is the fun part: copy writing, layout, graphic design, paper selection/making, printing, binding, and more! And then it is finally time to create the actual book. I’m still in the design phase (yay!) and had fun this week exploring the potential of magnetic paint. Here’s a little video showing my experiment.

Papery Tidbits:

  • Please contact me if you’re interested in promoting your business by sponsoring a month in the 2018 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.
  • Tomorrow we take off on a road trip to Portland. I’m teaching at the Focus on Book Arts Conference next weekend and will have papers & books at the trade fair on Friday & Saturday. Stop by!

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Just the other day, I noticed a pop-up book in the little free library box in our neighborhood! That’s quite the antithesis of collector Ellen K. Rubin (aka the Popuplady’s) experience. Rubin never saw a pop-up book as she was growing up. When she bought two for her young sons in the 1980s, she was amazed, and her collection now boasts 9,000 pop-ups!

A close-up of a pop-up book paper cheetah. PIXABAY

A close-up of a pop-up book paper cheetah. PIXABAY

Whoa, that’s a LOT of books! The Parthenon of Books by artist Marta Minujín is a decisive symbol of resistance to any banning of writings and the persecution of their authors. As many as 100,000 formerly or currently banned books from all over the world were used to create the work, which is now on view at Dokumenta in Kassel, Germany.

Marta Munujin, The Parthenon of Books, 2017, steel books and plastic sheeting, Friederichsplatz, Kassel, dokumenta 14, photo: Roman März

Marta Munujin, The Parthenon of Books, 2017, steel books and plastic sheeting, Friederichsplatz, Kassel, dokumenta 14, photo: Roman März

Check out this amazing paper cut performance piece by Erik Ruin. Long/Gone premiered on Friday at the Rotunda in Philadelphia with the Ominous Cloud Ensemble. The West Philly-based artist brings his images to life as a succession of images beam out from an overhead projector.

An excerpt from “Long/Gone.” COURTESY ERIK RUIN/FOR PHILLYVOICE

An excerpt from “Long/Gone.” COURTESY ERIK RUIN/FOR PHILLYVOICE

I’ve enjoyed listening to the podcast series Make/Time. Here’s a great episode in which moderator Stuart Kestenbaum speaks with David Keefe, a printmaker, visual artist, executive director of Combat Paper NJ and a former United States Marine who served in Iraq and is Senior Assistant Dean of Student Veterans’ Initiatives in the General Studies Program at Columbia University.

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This is an interesting article about how researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are exploring the potential of origami to control the amount of incoming light in a room and studying how the resulting light patterns could affect homeowners.

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Tyvek

The Sunday Paper #162, June 11, 2017

Paper of the Week: Tyvek

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I love Tyvek, a paper-like material that is strong, durable, water resistant and easy to paint or stain. These tesselating lanterns are the June project in the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar (check out the 2018 cover design below).

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Out of the Studio:

My daughter plays the cello, so when we read that Russick Smith would be performing on a tiny island in the middle of a river in Breckenridge, we decided  to drive over for the evening event. He walked through the water wearing waders and then took them off to play barefoot. Due to heavy snow melt, this island will be engulfed by water soon!

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I love clever designs, and here’s a good papery one: the Paper Saver Notebook. What a simple solution to for reusing printed paper, reducing waste, and doing a bit more for the environment – in a stylish way!

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If you’re in the Seattle area, don’t miss this exhibition of Julie Chen’s artist’s books. A career retrospective of over 30 of her highly imaginative art books is currently on view in Every Moment of a Book: Three Decades of Work by Julie Chen at the University of Washington Libraries’ Special Collections. You can order an exhibition catalog here.

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New on Paper Talk (my podcast series, subscribe on ITunes): Michelle Wilson. Michelle and I had a conversation in her Oakland studio when I was visiting the Codex Book Fair earlier this year.

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Here’s a sneak peak of the 2018 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, which will be available this fall, along with a brand new Custom Paper Pack featuring a variety of decorative papers from around the world. Start making your holiday wish list!

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Okay, this has nothing to do with paper (literally) but figuratively speaking, this 3D printed pasta is magical and similar to the dimensional shrinking work that several paper artists are doing, including myself. If you watch the video of Michelle Wilson’s studio (see mention above) you’ll see some shrunken paper pieces as well.

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Pondside Pulp & Paper

The Sunday Paper #161, June 4, 2017

Paper of the Week: Pondside Pulp & Paper

© June Tyler, Left: Home Again, 31” x 24” x 14”, willow and kozo fibers

© June Tyler, Home Again, 31” x 24” x 14”, willow and kozo fibers

I met June Tyler in the late 90’s at a craft fair in Brooklyn where we were both showing our paper art. What a treat it was to re-discover her on facebook a few years ago and to see the evolution of her work! June teaches this sculptural process at her studio, Pondside Pulp and Paper. She’s also offering a workshop in Sculptural Handmade Paper Lamps (team taught with Tony Carlone) at the Morgan Conservatory for Papermaking in Cleveland, Ohio on July 14 – 16, 2017. Follow the links above to see images of what participants can create and to register! 

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In the Studio:

Euclid has been the muse of many, and now it’s my turn. I’m working out the production details for a new artist’s book featuring polyhedrons that you can transform on the page.

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Here’s a fun fact about denim that I didn’t know: more than 80 per cent of denim actually ends up in landfill (in Canberra, Australia at least). In a small studio there, artisans are recycling unwanted denim jeans and jackets by turning them into paper. Paperworks is a not-for-profit social enterprise that uses the art of papermaking to engage marginalised people and those with special needs.

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Speaking of recycling… Analee Garcia turns old newspapers into flower vases, bags, chandeliers, laundry baskets and pen holders.

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Looking for some summer reading? Standard Deviation, Katherine Heiny’s debut novel, centers around the mother of a 10-year-old son with Asperger’s who is an origami prodigy.

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Wowza! Check out these intricate paper cuts by Vinodh Kumar.

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Read about the adventures of Jack Blake & Barbara Salvadori as they cycle The Paper Road! The two women are cycling east through Europe to Asia, tracing the history of paper.

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About our Sponsor: Pondside Pulp and Paper is a papermaking studio, established by June Tyler in 1995, in Norwich, NY. Various workshops are offered in many aspects of handmade paper. Click here for a full list of workshops! You can also follow Pondside Pulp and Paper’s on their blog as well as on facebook.

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Waiting to Catch the Sun

The Sunday Paper #160, May 27, 2017

Paper of the Week: Stone Dust Paper

Rendering via Prospect Park Alliance

Rendering via Prospect Park Alliance

Prospect Park is a gem in the borough of Brooklyn (I lived near the park for several years in the 90’s). The Connective Project will be a massive installation comprised of 7,000 pinwheels made with weather-resistent, biodegradable paper made from stone dust. Participate in the project! Beginning on June 1st, the Prospect Park Alliance will ask people to submit artwork, prose or photos expressing their love of Prospect Park. While all of this work will live in an online gallery, some of the works will be selected to be included among one of the 7,000 pinwheels. Wouldn’t it be cool to find your pinwheel in the park?! I hope one of you readers will visit Prospect Park and take a video (capturing the pinwheels in motion) to share with me when the installation is up (that would be July 7th).

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In the Studio:

I dropped off work for the exhibition Paper Works at the Arvada Arts Center earlier this week. The show features 20 artists (I got a sneak peek and saw some amazing work). I’ll be showing Radial (pictured below) along with my film The Secret Life of Paper and six artist’s books. If you’re in the area, please join me at the opening on June 1st from 6-9pm. The show will be up through August 20th.

© Helen Hiebert 2017, Radial, artist-made abaca, hemp string, 44" x 40", $3,000

© Helen Hiebert 2017, Radial, abaca, hemp string, 44″ x 40″, $3,000

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I met Hong Hong last October at a paper conference in Santa Fe. She did a demonstration of one of the techniques she uses to make her huge paper works. Her installation Waiting to Catch the Sun, is currently on view at Five Points Gallery in Torrington, CT through June 17th. Working at the intersection between art and environment, Hong Hong’s projects imagine past and future moments of transformative phenomena, such as glaciation, erosion, and plate tectonics.

© 2017, Hong Hong, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT

© 2017, Hong Hong, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT

My husband was watching The Office recently, and all of a sudden did a double-take and told me to listen… James Spader was interviewing for a job and was asked what he knew about paper. He claims that he saw an episode of Sesame Street about papermaking. The writers for The Office know their stuff! I worked with the producer and was in that episode which was filmed at Dieu Donné Papermill, along with Robbin Ami Silverberg and a cast of kiddos! I can’t figure out how to share the clip from The Office with you (Season 7, Episode 25) but you can find it on my Facebook feed. And here’s the Sesame Street clip.

Mixografia has pioneered some interesting sculptural paper/print/editioning techniques. And at 85, John Baldessari recently completed a work for a survey exhibition, “John Baldessari: Eight Colorful Inside Jobs,” which opened last week at the downtown L.A. print studio.

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“Eight Colorful Inside Jobs: Magenta,” 2017 (Mixografia )

I’m super excited that my friend Rachel Siegel’s show Accumulation will be on view at the Nine Gallery in Portland when I’m there next month. As Rachel says: “On life’s journey we gather many experiences that construct self-identity. These memories collect in the ephemera of correspondence, medical records, legal papers, announcements, grade reports, rejection slips, invitations, bills, applications, postcards, photographs. This paper detritus gathered over the half century of my lifetime constitute the basic building materials for ACCUMULATION, an installation of 51 small papier-mâché houses at Nine Gallery…”. Click on the link to see what will occur at the end of the installation!

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I’ve featured Santa Fe based artist Kevin Box on the blog before. He turns paper into steel. His giant origami sculptures are currently invading the Morton Arboretum in Chicago.

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Hanji, Outsider Art & Thai Marbles

The Sunday Paper #159, May 20, 2017

Paper of the Week: Thai Marbled Paper

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I love these Thai marbled papers that are imported by GPC Papers (click the link to find a retailer that carries this paper near you. It comes in a variety of colors)These papers are machine made from kozo and bamboo pulp and are hand-marbled. If you have the 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, this is the May project! I’d love to see a photo of your May Flower in situ!

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Congratulations to raffle winner Melinda Collins Knick of Tucson. Her pack of papers and calendar are in the mail. Thanks to all who participated and stay tuned for the next raffle!

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In the Studio:

I was super jazzed this week to figure out how to make an “embroidery hoop” for paper. I’m stitching the colophons for my artist’s book Nebulae, and after completing one without any sort of hoop/frame, I had to find a better way. This simple foam core frame holds the paper taut and makes the stitching so much easier. It is still quite a labor of love, and my fingers are thankful that there are only 5 copies to make! I made a video about Nebulae if you want to see the entire book.

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Aimee Lee is an expert on Korean papermaking! Here’s a great review of a group exhibition she is participating in during the month of May at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington to mark Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month.

Artist Aimee Lee stirs the sheet, a critical skill in Hanji making that takes years of practice. Stirring determines the thickness and texture of Hanji. (Photo courtesy Aimee Lee)

Artist Aimee Lee stirs the sheet, a critical skill in Hanji making that takes years of practice. Stirring determines the thickness and texture of Hanji. (Photo courtesy Aimee Lee)

I’m going gaga over these amazing drawings by Nicole Appel! The story behind them and the Land Studio & Gallery in Brooklyn where Nicole works is fascinating as well.

Nicole Appel, "Vintage tools," 2013, pencil on paper

Nicole Appel, “Vintage tools,” 2013, pencil on paper

Who knew? Anthony Caro made a series of works with paper after visiting Japan in the 1990 and being introduced to Washi. Here’s a short review of the show: Caro: Paper Like Steel at the New Art Centre in Salisbury, England.

Anthony Caro, ‘Paper Sculpture No. 5 Black Bird’, 1993 Barford Sculptures, courtesy New Art Centre

Anthony Caro, ‘Paper Sculpture No. 5 Black Bird’, 1993 Barford Sculptures, courtesy New Art Centre

Oh my gosh, this must have been a really fun event! Origami birds worth thousands of pounds were folded and set free across 14 shopping centers around the country (of England). All of this to delight customers, which I’m sure it did!

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Do you like origami and legos? Troxes are triangular, interlocking building bricks that were designed at the MIT Media Lab as a medium for geometric play beyond the boxes and right angles that are so common in most building toys. These are quite popular on Kickstarter right now. Grab a set while you can!

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Paper Mom!

The Sunday Paper #158, May 14, 2017

Paper of the Week: Air Dried Abaca with String

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Happy Mother’s Day! Seven years ago, I created this sculpture, Mother Tree. The paper I decided to use was air dried abaca with embedded linen threads which turned out to be really strong. I pieced sheets together to create Mother Tree using a lamp-making structure. Read more about the project and watch a video about her here. I also created an artist’s book that relates to Mother Tree, which you can see here.

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Final reminder: I’m offering a giveaway in celebration of The Sunday Paper’s 3rd birthday. All you have to do to enter the drawing is leave a comment below.

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One lucky winner will receive a 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar + a paper pack with everything you need to create all of the projects PLUS a sampling of the new papers for the 2018 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

The raffle winner will be chosen at random on May 16th, 2017. The winners will be announced on this blog next Sunday. Good luck!

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In the Studio:

This week I made a studio improvement when I found these tables at a JC Penneys that was going out of business. I remember getting my first wheels (a bicycle) through the JC Penneys catalog, which we picked up at the local store. I’m happy that these tables have wheels too!

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My family got me this gorgeous mother’s day card from Lovepop Cards. Check them out; they have a great story and a fantastic selection of pop-up cards!

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These cubist-inspired paper cuts by Jose Antonio Roda (as seen on Strictly Paper) are fun and unique. He’s got a great eye for showing off negative space!

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Wowza! Here’s an awesome twist on blackout shades by Ukrainian designers HoleRoll to keep the light out when you just wanna sleep!

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Check it out! Artist paper dolls as seen in the Huffington Post.

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I love to read stories like this, about students who get to work with artist’s books in special collections at their schools in semester long classes. Here’s one about an exhibit that pairs artist books by 14 Baylor students with a corresponding inspiration from Baylor’s Book Arts Collection, a 900-piece special collection of the Baylor Central Library.

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Happy Birthday Sunday Paper!

The Sunday Paper #157, May 7, 2017

Congratulations to Melinda Collins Knick, the winner of the raffle!!

Paper of the Week: The Sunday Paper! 

Happy Birthday to The Sunday Paper, which is 3 years old today! I have so enjoyed sharing papery information with you every week for the past three years, and I look forward to doing so for many years to come!

Today I’m offering a giveaway in celebration of this milestone. Read on to see what you can win, plus there’s a gift for everyone who enters!

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One lucky winner will receive a 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar + a paper pack with everything you need to create all of the projects PLUS a sampling of the new papers for the 2018 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

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Bonus! Everyone who enters the drawing will receive a free downloadable tutorial for making a shadow ornament!

The raffle winner will be chosen at random on May 16th, 2017. The winners will be announced on this blog on May 22, 2017. Good luck!

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Your Turn! 

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Readers like you have donated between $10 and $200. There’s also an option to contribute $7-$10/month. If you’ve donated in the past, consider donating again! The Sunday Paper and I thank you heartily for your support!

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Out of the Studio:

I spent the past week in North Carolina (I left here driving through snow and arrived to temps in the 90’s)! The main event was a two-day workshop in New Bern, a sweet little town which is close to the coast and set on a huge river, making it feel as if you’re at the ocean. I also spent a day in the Raleigh-Durham area visiting the special collections libraries at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill, followed by teaching a paper weaving workshop for the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild. Both teaching gigs were arranged by individuals who either took a workshop with me or read that I would be in the area. I’m so thankful to them for reaching out and organizing the events!

View near the studio where I taught in New Bern, on the Neuse River.

View near the studio where I taught in New Bern, on the Neuse River.

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Felix Semper makes these incredible paper sculptures that look like marble, until you stretch them!

© Felix Semper, Biggie Smalls sculpture

© Felix Semper, Biggie Smalls sculpture

Here’s a new way to look at shredded paper. Peggy Klineman takes items from her past, shreds them, and then rearranges her own life’s paper trail.

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Washable craft paper looks and acts like leather, but doesn’t cost as much. B’Nottee is making all kinds of stationery products with this interesting material in Malaysia.

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Love this interview with Keltie Ferris, who discusses her exhibition M\A\R\C\H at Mitchell-Innes & Nash in NYC, for which she covered herself in oil and pigment and lay on top of large sheets of paper.

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It isn’t too often that you hear about paper in Cameroon. Here’s a news clip from the country about Henriette Njami, an artist who works with paper in a variety of ways. The news style is interesting too.

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One last thank you. I am always delighted to read about your paper art and the stories that you send to me. They keep saying that paper will become obsolete, yet artists, craftspeople, designers and creatives are keeping it alive and well. A healthy number of people are even making paper by hand (in some cultures they are still using age-old traditions). How cool is that? The Sunday PAPER is a resource for ideas and inspiration, all having to do with this amazing material. Each Sunday, I bring you stories and examples of people doing exciting, innovative, and beautiful things with paper, as well as links to interesting paperfacts I’ve unearthed from around the globe. I hope you’ll enjoy reading this paper, Papier, papel, хартия, Papir,紙, Papper, פּאַפּיר… and don’t hesitate to leave your comments and suggestions below!

Don’t forget to enter the raffle!

 

Paper Talk

The Sunday Paper #156, April 30

Paper of the Week: Withdrawn Book Paper

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© 2014 Isabel Barbuzza, 01_D_cataloged, Cut and folded withdrawn books from the University of Iowa Libraries

You have to look up to see this, and thankfully it caught my eye as I walked through the University of Iowa library last week. From the label: “Since 1988, Barbuzza has explored the use of books as sculptural objects. She gathers found books either by transforming their conventional format or by adding new elements to the original materials…. Barbuzza worked with withdrawn books from the UI Libraries, using the books as metaphors for the transition from the book object to digital information and for the shifts on reading spaces.” This last sentence is really apropos. My 15 yo daughter and I were in two libraries last week, and she noticed that she didn’t see a single book… just computers, cafés and reading spaces!

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In the Studio:

I find it extremely fun yet super stressful to pick papers for projects! I’ve pretty much finalized the selection for the 2018 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, and now I’m busy photographing the projects. Here’s a sneak peak of next April’s project, a star lantern, which features a fibrous Japanese paper.

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  • There’s a new podcast featuring Mary Heebner on Paper Talk. Listen to my interview with Mary and consider signing up for the series on ITunes so that you’ll be notified every time a new episode is published. I like to download podcasts to my phone and listen to them when I’m working in the studio. Do you have a favorite podcast series?
  • I’m in New Bern, NC this weekend teaching a workshop. Hello from the East Coast!

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For the past 4 years, Green Field Paper has created 100% recycled, plantable die cut airplanes that were given out to the lucky Delta passengers on Earth Day.

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I used to follow Galbraith & Paul when they made lamps with paper shades years and years ago. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they’re still going strong, with a slight shift in gears. They’re still make lamps (although not with handmade paper) and in addition, they making gorgeous wallpapers, fabrics and more.

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South Florida middle schoolers are folding paper to teach their communities about Florida’s River of Grass. Origami Everglades is an art project creating life-sized sculptures of the region’s endangered species using modular origami.

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These paper boxes by Elisa Mearelli have depth! I like what she says: “The shadow and the light areas inside them will change during the day as it changes the sunlight that seeps inside.”

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Here’s a lovely story about D’Banana Craft, a paper company in Malaysia, that was awarded a grant for their innovative work with banana fiber.

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Historic Paper

The Sunday Paper #155, April 23, 2017

Paper of the Week: Historic Paper

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I was traveling this past week, and one of my stops was at the University of Iowa Special Collections Library. It amazes me that you can make an appointment at a place like this and handle the old books and paper! This is a pull-out page in Euclid’s The Elements of Geometry, the 1733 edition. But alas, I need to see the edition from 1570! Thankfully, it looks like they have that one in Denver. There are all sorts of curiosities when you look at old books. This page was bound in upside down, and there were little printed markings in the sidebars that I couldn’t decipher. Proof that there’s always more to learn!

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Out of the Studio:

Here’s proof that Chicago is the windy city! My daughter and I spent the week in Northern Indiana with my parents-in-law. We were in the city for 2 quick days, visiting DePaul University, where our son will go next fall. We checked out the neighborhood (Lincoln Park) and rented Divvy Bikes, which we took along the shore to Millenium Park and back.

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Stopping by Iowa City yesterday reminded me of  this fabulous video about the University of Iowa’s escapades in Chancery Papermaking. On June 10th, 2016 at Center for the Book, a team of 12 papermakers attempted to make 2000 sheets of paper in a single day using historical techniques and methods. And they did it!!

Paperscapes is an exhibition at the Philadelphia Arts Alliance features work by Sun Young Kang (image below), Dawn Kramlich, Elizabeth Mackie, and Susan White. Up through April 30th.

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Here’s a lovely story about artist Jim Kellison, 81, who makes small villages or cities from the collection of paper buildings he makes by hand. He adds details to the cityscapes with tiny model people and cars.

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This has to fall under one of the coolest things ever: an origami vending machine! And there’s even a bag attached to the machine requesting that customers leave the empty plastic containers from their purchase so that they can used again. I would love to stumble across one of these machines!

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For those of you papercrafters, here’s a how-to video for making a paper hot air balloon that a readers found and shared with me. Send me a picture if you try it!

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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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