Paper Beauty Hack

The Sunday Paper #183, November 12, 2017

Paper of the Week: Mino Washi

If you haven’t noticed, I love discovering new papers. I found this one a year or so ago when I was designing the projects for the 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. This leaf mobile is the featured project this month (have you made it yet? I’d love to see a picture)! Paper Connection International carries the paper in a range of muted rich colors (my favorite)! This coated paper line is quite reasonably priced and is specifically made for inkjet printing, although as you can see, it holds up well to folding too.

Paper Connection International is offering Sunday Paper readers 10% off on one order. Use the code PCI10 for 10% off when you make a purchase online

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In the Studio:

I created a narrated video of my artist’s book Tangential. I hope you’ll take a peek! It has lots of hand stitching and a selection of movable platonic solids within the pages (which are handmade paper, of course).

Papery Tidbits

  • Thanks to everyone who participated in the GIVEAWAY this past week! Congratulations to the winners: Julie Buscher will receive a calendar + paper pack, and Kim Ray + Randy Merrill will each receive a calendar.
  • Look for my SALE announcement next week. You know the drill… I’ll be offering specials Black Friday through Cyber Monday). Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Are you intrigued with online learning? I’m offering a Twelve Months of Paper Calendar mini online class which is a great way to try it. Read all about it and watch a video here. Class begins December 1st!

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This touching story came in recently from a blog reader and friend:  “I spent this summer with my beloved cousin, Vicki who died on August 29, 2017… sad to even type this. However, before I had returned to Iowa for her “party,” I read on your blog about Cast Paper Art in MissouriI was inspired to send in a protected bag of the yellow flowers that she had requested for her party. I received a box of sweet handmade paper note cards and envelopes from them the other day. I will bundle up small packets and send them to her husband and close friends in Iowa. Thanks so much for the lead….Vicki would have LOVED this idea.”

I was delighted to discover Paper Tigers on FaceBook Watch. This video series offers a glimpse inside the studios of five artists working in paper. I enjoyed the first one with Beth Johnson (pictured here) and the second featuring Emily Brown. I wasn’t familiar with either of them prior to watching!

Rory White’s paper doll exhibit at the Leu Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville features original photographs with paper figures shrunk down into lifelike sets.

Having written several how-to books, I always wonder how readers and makers react to following my instructions. So I was delighted to read in this review of the recently-released Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models: 14 Kirigami Buildings to Cut Out and Fold, that the reviewer confessed that it was challenging to actually make the projects (Fallingwater, the Guggenheim Museum, and Taliesin West, among them).

I enjoyed this story and can relate to the writer’s lament about oily skin (I recall my mother telling me that I’d be happy one day – as I suffered through acne in high school – because my skin wouldn’t wrinkle so quickly). This story is about blotting paper – the kind you use to de-shine your face – read it to find out what the beauty hack is!

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About our Sponsor: Paper Connection International imports a distributes a line of fine art and specialty papers made by skilled craftspeople in the East. PCI is known for superior paper products for art, design and conservation work. Manufacturers, retailers, museum curators, bookbinders, conservators, artists and designers rely on PCI as a source for Japanese washi, Korean hanji, Nepalese lokta and a vast collection of specialty papers from around the world.

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Kozo Harvest

The Sunday Paper #183, November 12, 2017

Paper of the Week: Combat Paper

As we honor our veterans, here’s a group that’s doing great work, with paper! Combat Paper engages veterans in a therapeutic process as to turn their uniforms into sheets of paper and works of art.

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In the Studio: A Giveaway!

The Twelve Months of Paper calendars are shipping! Click here to enter a GIVEAWAY to win a copy of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar (there will be three lucky winners)!

Papery Tidbits

  • Did you catch the Best Basic Papermaking Books that I posted last week? I’m building a virtual Paper Library, and this is just the beginning!
  • Are you intrigued with online learning? I’m offering a Twelve Months of Paper Calendar mini online class which is a great way to try it. Read all about it here.

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As seen on Hyperallergic! A lovely review of the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, perhaps the most comprehensive book/paper/print studio in the US. And they grow their own kozo (their annual harvest is this weekend)!

Yesterday (November 11) was World Origami Day in Japan. Check out a selection of origami architectural projects that include this folding practice, using material that range from sound-absorbing material to actual paper.

Students in the paper lab at the University of Washington help run the machine producing paper made from spent beer grain. How cool is that?

(GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

Japanese artist Coco Sato’s latest project, Moon Rabbit, is a giant origami performance which takes you on a meditative journey inspiring connection and cultural exploration. Click through to watch the video.

This is a fascinating story about Rembrandt’s papers with a focus on watermarks that are being used by students from several universities to identify when he made his drawings and etchings.

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Persimmon Paper

The Sunday Paper #182, November 5, 2017

Paper of the Week: Japanese Persimmon Treated Stencil Paper

Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Berger-Cloonan Collection of Decorated Papers at Texas A&M University (This happens to be where my father taught physics, and also is where I grew up. I hadn’t been back in awhile, so it seemed like a good reason to go). The collection, which was curated by Drs. Sidney Berger and Michèle Cloonan over more than 40 years, contains more than 20,000 pieces of paper from all over the world and spanning more than five centuries. I looked at about 1% of the collection (mostly watermarked and handmade papers) and drooled over these hand cut Japanese stencil papers, which were treated with persimmon juice (a waterproofing agent) and then used as stencils for printing.

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In the Studio:

I have long wanted to share my bookshelf with you and have finally come up with a method of doing it. I’m starting a paper library! Here’s a list of my favorite how-to books about making paper by hand. Click through to read a brief synopsis of each one, and stay tuned for more to come.

Papery Tidbits

  • The 2018 Twelve Months of Paper Calendars will start shipping this week! I’m offering a FREE Halloweek Special through November 7th. Order any calendar package and choose your gift: a copy of the Papermaker’s Studio Guide DVD or a 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar (although the calendar is almost defunct, the how-to projects are everlasting)!
  • Are you intrigued with online learning? The Twelve Months of Paper Calendar package #3 includes a mini online class for a great price (only $39 more than the calendar + paper pack, in other words, you get the calendar, paper pack and online class for $99). Read all about it here.

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Well this isn’t paper, but I find it so similar in look to the persimmon treated paper above. These leaf carvings by JC Lua are fantastic!

The Malayan Tapir is part of Lua’s ‘Endangered Animal’ leaf art series to promote awareness on soon to be extinct animals. – Pictures courtesy of Leaf Man

This work by Jean Richardson caught my eye. She creates collections of ordinary objects which trigger memories and ignite a sense of comfort… do you recognize the objects below?

Ok, this is cool! London-based startup and electronics brand Bare Conductive has created a DIY kit that can be used to transform a sheet of paper into a functioning light. This project was recently launched on kickstarter, and I think they are fulfilling orders now, so you’ll have to wait until they relaunch to get your paper light!

Just today someone asked me if I came up with paper designs in my sleep… I had to say no (they come to me in a variety of ways) but then I read this about Karen “Bit” Vejle who says her paper cut designs often pop up in her head as she’s falling asleep!

I heard Patterson Clark speak at a papermaking conference years ago. He’s still doing this fascinating work of collecting weeds and invasive plants and turning them into papers and inks. Watch this short video where he shows you what he’s up to.

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Sunday Paper ClickIf you read this blog regularly, would you consider making a donation to support the research, writing, design and delivery of The Sunday Paper? Click on the paper button at the left (I made that paper) to see how you can provide support.

And if you run a paper-related business, you might be interested in promoting your business in The Sunday Paper.

Thanks again to those of you who have pledged your support, and enjoy your Sunday!

Best Papermaking Books

This is a list of my favorite how-to books about making paper by hand. I will be compiling other themed ‘Best of Guides’ about various aspects of paper including the history of hand papermaking, papermaking techniques, papermaking with plants, paper engineering and more. Stay tuned!

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 basic papermaking book that I’ve left out, and I’ll consider adding it to this list.

Tin Can Papermaking: Recycle for Earth and Art

Arnold E. Grummer, 2002

This is a simple and novel approach to papermaking using a tin can and a piece of  window screen. Throw some recycled paper in a blender, mix in a few flower petals or confetti, and discover all sorts of creative applications for making unique sheets of handmade paper!

I wrote this blog post about how I use the technique to create test sheets. You’ll see a picture of my tin can papermaking set up there too!

Papermaking: From Recycling to Art

 

Jean Kropper, 1992

This is a basic papermaking book (mostly black and white, with a few color images), covering equipment, process, types of pulp and a brief overview of several creative techniques and a few projects.

Jean is doing creative paper designs and consulting in Austalia these days with her company, Paper & Pixel.

Teaching Hand Papermaking: A Classroom Guide

 

Gloria Zmolek, 1995

This book includes details about basic papermaking, lesson plans and tips for teachers, and advice on  integrating papermaking into a school’s curriculum. The book includes a short, concise yet entertaining history of hand papermaking to be read aloud in the classroom!

I had the pleasure of reviewing this book when it first came out.

The Art & Craft of Handmade Paper

 

Vance Studley, 1977

This book has a nice section on proto papers, followed by the progression of papermaking from East to West. Studley covers the basic tools and equipment, followed by fiber preparation, making paper, pressing and drying. A final section features projects, including casting, embedding, layering, paper for printmaking and drawing, and how to make a basic portfolio for storing and transporting papers.

The Papermaker’s Companion

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.

Helen Hiebert Studio participates in the Amazon affiliate advertising program designed to provide a way for sites to earn commissions by linking to Amazon. This means that whenever you buy a book on Amazon from a link here, I get a small percentage of its price, which helps support Helen Hiebert Studio by offsetting the maintenance of this site and the free resources I provide. Thank you!

Paper Plant Purifiers (a Tongue Twister)!

The Sunday Paper #181, October 29, 2017

Paper of the Week: BookLove

Are you looking to develop paper and book-binding skills and explore your creativity? Join Rachel Hazell on her latest BookLove e-course. Immerse yourself in a world of alphabets, paper ephemera and linen thread as you meet your inner wordsmith and bind two utterly personal hardback books over two full weeks. Design, write and make books of your own, with detailed, generous support. The BookLove e-course starts 13th November

“Nothing has come close to comparing to this course. The way the information is delivered, and the quality, ensures that on completion you are equipped to continue developing your own book dreams.”

– Lisa, Course Participant, July 2017

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In the Studio:

Have you listened to my podcast Paper Talk? If you have, you’ll notice a few changes this month. I’ve recorded an intro, I’m working with a sound editor, and I’ve added some paper music! This month’s episode features Jenn Woodward from Pulp & Deckle Studio in Portland, OR. Here’s a short video of her studio space, and click here to listen to Episode 18 of Paper Talk.

Papery Tidbits

  • Have you taken an online class? I just started teaching them this year, and most of the participants surveyed said they’d never taken one! I’m offering a trial-size (mini online class at a great price) during the 25 Days of Paper (December 1-25). Find out more under Package #3 at this link.

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I’m not sure whether these are better air purifiers than real plants, but they look pretty cool! Filters and fans placed inside the corrugated cardboard cacti break down bacteria, fine dust and pollutants from cigarette smoke thanks to three technologies developed by researchers at the University Politecnico di Milano.

My travels have not taken me to Ann Arbor, MI (yet) but I’ve ordered papers and supplies and have always heard fabulous things about Hollander’s, a top notch art supply store that specializes in decorative papers.

One of many decorative paper displays on the main floor (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)

India seems to be on the cutting edge of lighting design. I’ve written about Jenny Pinto’s lighting in this post. Check out these geometric designs by Ankon Mitra which are in the Lodhi Hotel in New Delhi. Wowza!

Ankon collaborates with NID textile designer Aditi Anuj to create origami inspired lampshades that hark back to diverse historical eras and craft traditions.

Also hailing from New Delhi but showing in Paris: Jayashree Chakravarty’s Earth as Haven: Under the Canopy of Love, curated by Roobina Karode of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, at the Musée National Des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, Paris, France.

“Like vegetation that mixes with the nurturing soil, when I paint, the twigs, leaves and thorns growing across also become part of the composition,” says Jayashree Chakravarty

This is an interesting article about what goes into making paper money harder and harder to fake.

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About our Sponsor: Rachel Hazell has twenty years’ experience taking people on creative journeys. She shapes itineraries that develop technical skills, expand the imagination, increase confidence and build lasting friendships.

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Sunday Paper ClickIf you read this blog regularly, would you consider making a donation to support the research, writing, design and delivery of The Sunday Paper? Click on the paper button at the left (I made that paper) to see how you can provide support.

And if you run a paper-related business, you might be interested in promoting your business in The Sunday Paper.

Thanks again to those of you who have pledged your support, and enjoy your Sunday!

Blush Handmade Paper

The Sunday Paper #180, October 22, 2017

Paper of the Week: Oblation Papers & Press

Oblation Papers & Press is making new blush handmade paper from cotton fibers recycled from the garment industry. This nuanced color is now available in a new size, for folded pocket notes, and a new journal. The calligraphy notes collection features modern handlettering in collaboration with local calligrapher, Andi Allison, from old city mailroom. The inspiration journal is hand bound, with a little dog image and quote from Edith Wharton.

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In the Studio:

In the spirit of the upcoming Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, I made a video featuring this watermarked handmade paper that is featured in the custom paper pack. Have you ordered your calendar yet? Orders placed by October 25th – that’s this coming Wednesday – will receive a bonus pack of kite paper for making window stars. Here’s the link.

Papery Tidbits

  • I’m offering a Twelve Months of Paper workshop in Denver that includes creating a selection of paper projects, plus a copy of the 2018 calendar and a custom paper pack at Highline Cohousing Community on November 4th.
  • Vail Valley Peeps: Get a head start on the holiday season at the Alpine Arts Center. We’re creating several of the projects featured in the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar on Tuesday, November 14th. Paper fun for adults & kids!
  • Have you taken an online class? I just started teaching them this year, and most of the participants surveyed said they’d never taken one! I’m offering a trial-size (mini online class at a great price) during the 25 Days of Paper (December 1-25). Find out more under Package #3 at this link.

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Who thinks up this stuff? Paperself are the world leaders and inventors of the paper lash, originally inspired by the ancient art of paper cutting. They are the first of their kind that feature beautifully intricate designs letting you adorn your eyes with gorgeous storytelling lashes. Here are the Halloween lashes, but there are many others!

These delicate paper cuts by Kiri Ken as seen on This is Colossal are exquisite, and from what I can tell, they’re cut by hand!

© Kiri Ken

I love Anathi “Elpee” Nkanyuza’s curiosity for smoke on paper as a medium. “With pencil, paint or oil you are in control; you are the leader but with smoke you have to follow its lead. Sometimes I have an idea of what I want to create but the smoke does not put it the way I want, and all I can do is to follow the smoke and manipulate it, so this keeps you on the edge and you never know what to expect.” This is similar to how I work with paper.

City smoke artist Anathi Nkanyuza.Picture: Thobile Mathonsi

Here’s a brief history of paper flowers, accompanied by this image, possibly the oldest surviving paper flowers.

Here’s an interesting business article about art. STPI in Singapore, a paper and print studio founded by Ken Tyler, is celebrating 15 Years and is still pushing the boundaries and paper and print (which they began in America many years earlier). I found it intriguing to read about how it was difficult at first to convince artists to make work there and collectors to acquire a new type of work, but it looks like STPI held out and got both sides on board.

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About our Sponsor: Oblation Papers & Press is an urban paper mill, letterpress print shop and old-world paper boutique in Portland, Oregon. They also offer their work in wholesale exhibitions in New York, Tokyo and Paris. Follow Oblation Papers & Press on Instagram.

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Sunday Paper ClickIf you read this blog regularly, would you consider making a donation to support the research, writing, design and delivery of The Sunday Paper? Click on the paper button at the left (I made that paper) to see how you can provide support.

And if you run a paper-related business, you might be interested in promoting your business in The Sunday Paper.

Thanks again to those of you who have pledged your support, and enjoy your Sunday!

Liberty Paper

The Sunday Paper #179, October 15, 2017

Paper of the Week: Liberty Paper

Handmade paper inspired by boro patchwork, abaca, wax resist, indigo, and black walnut

Liberty Paper is the culmination of Claudia Lee’s dream to have some land in middle Tennessee and build a paper studio that would be both a working and teaching facility. Now in it’s 15th year, students and artists come from all over the country to take custom designed classes or to work on independent projects with the staff acting as technical support. Owner, Claudia Lee and studio assistant, Matthew English also travel each year to conduct workshops for groups and schools. If you’re in middle Tennessee during the last weekend in October, Liberty Paper (and many other studios) will be open during the Off The Beaten Path Studio Tour!

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In the Studio:

In the spirit of the upcoming Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, I’d like to share a tutorial with you that I’m fond of. These window stars are made from translucent kite paper. You can find written instructions (and where to get the colored wax paper) in this blog post and/or watch my video tutorial.Papery Tidbits

  • I’m giving a lecture about my work at the SW School of Art next Friday evening, October 20th. Message me if you’d like the details (I don’t have them myself yet)!
  • Have you purchased your Twelve Months of Paper Calendar? I can’t wait to pick up the printed calendars upon my return from TX and send them off to you!
  • I’m offering a Twelve Months of Paper workshop in Denver that includes creating a selection of paper projects, plus a copy of the 2018 calendar and a custom paper pack at Highline Cohousing Community on November 4th.
  • Vail Valley Peeps: Get a head start on the holiday season at the Alpine Arts Center. We’re creating several of the projects featured in the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar on Tuesday, November 14th. Paper fun for adults & kids!

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This is such a wonderful documentation of Jennifer Collier’s work. I love her sentiments about materials and experimentation. Have a look! Special thanks to a blog reader for sharing this with me.

Did you catch the origami unicorns in the old and new Bladerunner? Here’s a tutorial for folding your own. I like how the writer recommends buying several pieces of paper, for practice runs (i.e. origami ain’t that easy).

From Creative Boom: “Vera van Wolferen has made a name for herself in the paper art community. Her latest series, Plant Life, features two new paper sculptures made especially for the windows of Livraria Lello, one of the world’s most beautiful and oldest bookshops, in Porto, Portugal. A wonderful art nouveau building, it’s where J.K. Rowling was inspired to write Harry Potter, and where tourists queue up daily for their chance to visit.” Beautiful paper sculptures and beautiful photography!

I love this story about Kelsey Pike, founder of the Cherry Pit Collective in Kansas City. She came up with a creative solution when she came to the realization that she wouldn’t be able to continue her craft — papermaking — after graduation, without the tools and space to do it on her own.

I’m not sure I completely understand this flexible energy storage device (battery), but it sounds pretty cool: metallized paper for foldable supercapacitors.

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About our Sponsor: Claudia Lee is an artist, designer, consultant, author, and instructor working in handmade paper. She is a two-time recipient of a Master’s Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and was chosen to design and create the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards. Her work can be seen in over 30 books and is the cover story in the 2017 summer issue of Bound & Lettered magazine. 

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Sunday Paper ClickIf you read this blog regularly, would you consider making a donation to support the research, writing, design and delivery of The Sunday Paper? Click on the paper button at the left (I made that paper) to see how you can provide support.

And if you run a paper-related business, you might be interested in promoting your business in The Sunday Paper.

Thanks again to those of you who have pledged your support, and enjoy your Sunday!

Viewing a Life through Paper

The Sunday Paper #178, October 8, 2017

Paper of the Week: Twelve Months of Paper Launch!

It’s coming! The Twelve Months of Paper Calendar is at the printer, and I’ll be viewing the proofs on Monday! Hop on over to read all about it and place your order. Calendars will start shipping in early November, but if you plan to get one (or more) please pre-order now – this will help me determine how many paper packs I need to assemble and will give me more lead time for packaging and shipping them off to you. I appreciate it! I’d also love it if you tell your paper-loving friends about the calendar!

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In the Studio:

Here’s a video I made about the calendar. Have a look and learn about the four packages I’m offering.

Papery Tidbits

  • Vail Valley Peeps: Get a head start on the holiday season at the Alpine Arts Center. We’ll spend three Thursday evenings creating several of the projects featured in the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. Paper fun for adults & kids!
  • Are we connected on facebook? Follow me at this link.
  • We’re busy making paper lanterns in my online class, and I put this pinterest board together for inspiration.

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Artist Fritzi Huber passed an abandoned house on her daily walks and got curious. Check out how she documented the life of Mary Nixon that might otherwise have been lost (the house is now gone). Through her project, Huber recreated a sense of Mary’s life together and documented it for all of us to see.

Do you know about the wandering book artists, Peter and Donna Thomas? For part of the year, they drive their colorful vehicle around the country, lecturing, exhibiting and teaching workshops. Here’s an article about their recent visit to Swarthmore. You can follow there adventures on facebook – search for Wandering Book Artists.

Peace Paper brings papermaking to the masses, often as a therapeutic activity. This week, they were working with students in Illinois, giving them a creative outlet during midterms.

Jane Ingram Allen recently created a “flower bed” with a “living quilt” during her residency in Newnan, Georgia, with the cooperation and participation of community people and Newnan Master Gardeners.  The quilt is created with handmade paper from local plant materials dyed with non-toxic dye and has seeds for Southeastern wildflowers in the paper pulp in the same colors as the quilt pattern. This artwork will change over time into a living, blooming artwork. The headboard and footboard are woven with local branches and vines, and the “bed” is formed with soil and wood planks. The piece is installed in a public park in downtown Newnan, Georgia, near the corner of College and Temple Avenues.

Joseph Choma’s piece Chakrasana currently graces the Clemson University campus, and although it isn’t paper, he used paper folding techniques and principles to create it. It must be stunning to walk through!

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Sunday Paper ClickIf you read this blog regularly, would you consider making a donation to support the research, writing, design and delivery of The Sunday Paper? Click on the paper button at the left (I made that paper) to see how you can provide support.

And if you run a paper-related business, you might be interested in promoting your business in The Sunday Paper.

Thanks again to those of you who have pledged your support, and enjoy your Sunday!

Paper Money in a Paper Wallet

The Sunday Paper #177, October 1, 2017

Paper of the Week: Green Banana Paper

                         Green Banana Paper’s slim wallet is now available on Kickstarter!

Three years ago Green Banana Paper set out to raise the bar for the future use of natural fibers in eco-textiles. They have developed their craft in their own eco-factory – combining the traditional art of hand papermaking with finishing techniques from modern day manufacturing technology. Located on the beautiful island of Kosrae, Micronesia, Green Banana Paper is a social impact company making paper and helping people. Forget plastic and leather, as paper people your wallet could be made from a more ethical and eco-friendly alternative – banana fiber paper. 

Hop on over to Green Banana’s Kickstarter Page to see how you can get your hands on the brand new Slim Wallet (there are several packages available) and learn more about this amazing company making paper into products on a tiny island.

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In the Studio:

I never dreamt I would be an author (but that’s another story). When writing how-to instructions, I construct each project over and over again in my hands, trying to find words to describe the movements. Sometimes it is really tricky! Pictures can help, and sometimes videos are better. You can tell me what you think if you purchase the 2018 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar! I’m offering a mini online class in conjunction with the calendar that will feature videos and an online classroom: read all about it here next week!

The Stacking Star Tree features an 8-pointed origami star. After falling in love with the project, I realized I needed to include the star folding instructions, which turned out to be rather involved! Ah, the things we do for love…

Papery Tidbits

  • Check out my online photo album about the annual Red Cliff Paper Retreat.
  • Vail Valley Peeps: Get a head start on the holiday season at the Alpine Arts Center. We’ll spend three Thursday evenings creating several of the projects featured in the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. Paper fun for adults & kids!
  • Paper Money: I brought this topic up a couple of weeks ago and am still fleshing out my ideas… in the meantime, I wanted to share the Craft Industry Alliance with you, a great place to connect with other craft professionals, learn more about the industry and strengthen your business. I joined this amazing organization a couple of months ago and learn new things every week through their webinars, podcasts and journal.

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Paper engineer Colette Fu is breaking a world record by constructing the world’s largest pop-up book. Visitors can watch the live-creation process at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center now through October 12th (and then it will be on view through November). If you’re in Philadelphia, you should go check this out!

Model of “Tao Hua Yuan Ji.” When the project is complete, will be the world’s largest pop-up photo book.COURTESY PHILADELPHIA PHOTO ARTS CENTER

I’ve just released episode #17 of my podcast series Paper Talk, an interview with Jenny Pinto, who lives and works in Bangalore, India. Jenny came to work with me in Portland for a month seventeen years ago, and then she went on to create a full-fledged lighting business utilizing handmade paper. Be sure to watch the gorgeous video of her studio in action! Sign up for the podcast in ITunes and get notified every time I post an episode, and I’d be flattered if you were so inclined to leave a review.

I love these works on hanji by Minjun Kim, whose work is on view now at Gallery Hyundai in Seoul.

© 2016 Minjung Kim, Red Mountain, watercolour on hanji-paper, 37.5 x 44cm

I will never ceased to be amazed at all of the ways that paper is being used in technology. At Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, a team of researchers led by assistant professor Kiju Lee have created the TWIsted TowEr Robot (TWISTER) mechanism.

Speaking of paper and technology, artist Matthew Shlian speaks eloquently about his work with scientists (and the time he sent 50 letters out trying to make connections, and it worked) on Maketime, a podcast by the craft school experience. Have a listen!

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About our Sponsor: Green Banana Paper is a waste-to-wealth manufacturing startup recycling post-harvest banana trees into stunning handmade products in Kosrae, Micronesia.

Follow my FB page to find out about a fun giveaway. Hint hint: it has something to do banana paper!

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Two Rivers Paper

The Sunday Paper #176, September 24, 2017

Paper of the Week: Two Rivers Paper

© 2012, Callum Innes, Pastel on Two Rivers paper, 52 x 42 cm

The work of Callum Innes caught my eye in this article, but then I wasn’t able to view the images again (hopefully you can with your first click – this has to do with the legalities of journalism; if not, look him up)! The text is equally enthralling though: Deep and bright hues of pastel chalks have been tediously worked and rubbed into the handmade paper, that nearly covers the entire surface with a sensuous and smooth texture. One is exposed to glimpses of the underlying layers of contrasting color that are most evident at the deckled edges of the works, bringing to fore the traces of the human gesture. I’d love to speak with the artist about his experience of working on handmade paper! Two Rivers makes beautiful rag papers for artists and designers at an ancient watermill deep in the Somerset (England) countryside.

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In the Studio:

Here’s the next in my series of Word Broadsides: Perspective. I’ve been pondering how easy it is to stay close to those who have similar perspectives, yet how rewarding it can be to mingle with those who have differing views. The color of this broadside matches the golden hue of the aspen leaves that are currently showing off their fall colors here in Colorado.

Papery Tidbits

  • I shared this video about the making of Akari Light Sculptures with my Paper Lanterns online class participants this week.
  • I’m offering two Twelve Months of Paper workshops in Denver that include creating a selection of paper projects plus a copy of the 2018 calendar and a custom paper pack, which will be available soon. Join me at Highline Cohousing Community (November 4) or at the Arvada Arts Center (November 5). Or contact me if you’d like to organize your own Twelve Months of Paper workshop!

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This is a lovely story about the work of Hong Hong, a young artist who is pushing the boundaries of paper in so many ways. Her work is currently on view in Hartford, CT.

Hong completes a large-scale paper pour at the Dirt Salon in Hartford, Connecticut, 2015. Photographer: Justin O’Brien. Courtesy of Artist. © Justin O’Brien.

Paperboyo makes these fun cutouts from cardboard and then brings them to life through photography. Look for his new book Around the World in Cut-Outs.

I recently learned about Celebration Company in Houston, an organization that provides life skills and meaningful employment to individuals with disabilities who, with joy and purpose, provide services and create products that celebrate the good of life. Check out their handmade paper greeting cards!

Floral papers have been popular for quite awhile. Cast Paper Art in Webster Groves, MO has a unique twist. You can just cut the heads off of a wedding bouquet (or funeral arrangement), mail them to the company. They’ll turn them into floral papers, usually done by the time the couple is back from their honeymoon!

Check out this podcast on Bookbinding Now, an interview with book artist Susan Joy Share (one of my mentors) by Paula Beardell Krieg.

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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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