Paper Screens

The Sunday Paper #142, January 15, 2017

Paper of the Week: Japanese Tissue – White Sudare

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This is another paper in the supply kit for my online class Paper Illuminated. This thin Japanese tissue is available from Mulberry Paper & More and comes in several patterns.

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In the Studio:\

My inspiration into the world of paper began many years ago on a brief trip to Japan when I observed light filtering through the papered screens in a traditional Inn. Here’s what we’ll be turning this paper into in my online class, Paper Illuminated, which begins March 8th. Not only will we be “weaving” wood, but this incredible Japanese paper hinge connects the panels and allows them to flex in both directions.

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Susan Niner James is someone you should know. She writes the blog The Papercraft Post, and recently she reviewed Paul Jackson new book Cut and Fold Paper Textures, in other words: paper as surface design. I can’t wait to get my copy!

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The artist Movana Chen knits paper that has been shredded into body suits and even performs in them.

The artist Nghiep Luu is exhibiting a special installation to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital by creating 10,000 paper cranes! That will be quite a feat for such a wonderful cause!

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Here’s a fun story about collaboration and hand papermaking at Elizabethtown College, where psychology, art and ecology students made paper using duckweed from a pond on campus.

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This is a nice article about the benefits of paper in the digital age.

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Sunday Paper Click

Another year of Sunday Papers has gone by. That’s 52 issues packed with paper news. If 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 Illuminated!

The Sunday Paper #141, January 8, 2017

Paper of the Week: Nepalese Batik Lokta Paper

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This is another paper in the supply kit for my online class Paper Illuminated. This Nepalese lokta paper is available in four sizes from Mulberry Paper & More.

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In the Studio:

Here’s what we’ll be turning this paper into in my online class, Paper Illuminated, which begins March 8th. I just opened enrollment this week and am pleased to report that I have a nice group of participants forming from sea to shining sea (Canada to North Carolina, Alaska to New Jersey)! There’s a link to a free tutorial at the bottom of the page about the class. I invite you to take a look, try it out, and join us if you like. One of the unique aspects of this online class is that you’ll make new paper friends from around the world in our private facebook group!

Wraparound lampshade featuring Nepalese lokta paper.

Wraparound lampshade featuring Nepalese lokta paper

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Speaking of the Twelve Months of Paper calendar, if you have one, have you made the January project, the Window Star? Here’s a variation that Kathleen Hartley made and shared! Gorgeous!

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Lori Goodman has been making paper as long as any of us and has created some incredible installations over the years. Here’s an overview of some of them on The Phythians.

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Here’s another Top 10 list on Creative Boom that I think you’ll enjoy. Not everything is paper, but this work by Parth Kothekar is just stunning.

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Also on Creative Boom: oooh, take a look at these illustrations that paper artist Sam Pierpoint created for Australian wine labels. I’ll grab a bottle if I ever see these here in the states!

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Here’s an interesting article about the history of mummies and papermaking.

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Sunday Paper Click

Another year of Sunday Papers has gone by. That’s 52 issues packed with paper news. If 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!

Happy 2017!

The Sunday Paper #140, January 1, 2017

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Paper of the Week: Thai Nature Touch – Lemon Grass

Thai Nature Touch - Lemon Grass, available from Mulberry Paper & More

Thai Nature Touch – Lemon Grass, available from Mulberry Paper & More

I’ve been busy this week with the holiday, family in town, finishing up a custom paper order, and planning my first on-line course. A few weeks ago, I visited Mulberry Paper & More in Parker, CO and picked out a selection of papers to use for the projects in my on-line class.

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In the Studio:

Here’s what we’ll be turning that paper into. I love how the flip of a switch transforms the paper!

Panel Shade Project from my on-line class Paper Illuminated

Panel Shade Project from my on-line class Paper Illuminated

  • Registration for this on-line class, Paper Illuminated, opens on Tuesday, January 3 and class starts March 8th. Here’s a video I made about the class.
  • Prefer to work with me in person? Registration for the 2017 Red Cliff Paper Retreats (Sept 8-10 and Sept 12-14) is now open!
  • View my full teaching calendar for 2017.

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Take a look at this! Fubiz has prepared a 2016 Year in Paper Art for us.

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Um, can I go back to school (to MIT)? Wowza, I will never cease to be amazed. Check out aeroMorph, an inflatable structure that is programmed through robotic-assisted sealing methods to transform into a pre-determined geometry. It’s similar to how origami works, except the material expands to become a specific shape, such as a paper crane, on its own.

This is pretty cool: using origami to fold seaweed wrappers for shaped rice balls. They call these delectables munchable masterpieces.

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I moved to NYC in 1987 and just noticed that the origami tree at the Museum of Natural History began around that time. I love coincidences like that, but I’m sad to say that I never went to see the origami tree! Before we leave the holiday season, here’s a look at this year’s tree, with a dinosaur theme and 1,000 folded ornaments!

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This stop motion video shows the progression of artist Benja Harney’s 3D model of Sydney, Australia, which inspired the theme for the 2017 New Year’s Eve celebrations as well as the lighting effects, fireworks colors and projections that lit up the city.

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Sunday Paper Click

Another year of Sunday Papers has gone by. That’s 52 issues packed with paper news. If 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!

Let it Snow!

The Sunday Paper #139, December 25, 2016

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Aren’t snowflakes miraculous, especially given that no two snowflakes are alike? They create the watermarked pattern on the December project in the Twelve Months of Paper calendar, which features the only paper in the custom paper pack that is handmade in America. I’m going to start looking for a miracle every day… they must be as abundant and variant as the snowflakes outside my window.

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Here ends the 25 Days of Paper 2016: It was a great time to celebrate paper; thank you for following along! If you’d like more info about the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, click here. Now we will return to our regular scheduled Sunday Papers.

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And here’s your Sunday Paper.

Speaking of snowflakes, Peter Dahmen designed a fantastic holiday card for the Swedish paperboard company Iggesund. Watch the video, it’s gorgeous and inspirational!

Now do you feel like making your own paper snowflake? Here’s a cool tutorial as seen on Insider.

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How about An Arctic Christmas? Read about the development of this new pop-up book that was engineered by Yevgeniya Yeretskaya for Jumping Jack Press.

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I love my Moleskine journals (and I’m guessing that some of you do too). I stumbled across this MyMoleskin Templates page that has a series of fun projects. You have to join MyMoleskine (very simple) to gain access. You’ll be able to download templates like the one below to create some fun paper objects!

Moleskine Decosphere Template

Moleskine Decosphere Template

Here’s a great story about an origami guy who offers hope through wishing. A lovely sentiment for this season and always!

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In the Studio:

This week I launched the a video about my on-line class which starts in early March. Registration begins next week! Please take a peek and share this with your paper-loving friends.

Papery Tidbits:

  • Registration for the annual Red Cliff Paper Retreat is open! Treat yourself to a retreat in the Colorado Rockies next September!
  • Custom Paper Packs for the Twelve Months of Paper calendar will be available again in mid-January. Calendars are still available here.
  • The Papermaker’s Studio Guide DVD and Water Paper Time are now available as downloads.

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Sunday Paper Click

If 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!

24: Happy Holidays!

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 24

I wish all of you a peaceful, harmonic, loving and joyous holiday season. Here’s a community card from last season. I collected words daily from you, starting with A and ending with Z and this was the result:tree

I have a fondness for fonts. There’s a template here for this pop-up alphabet. Print and cut out the letters, and then pop them up!

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I have a few copies of this alphabet, called Alpha Blocks, available here.

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About the 25 Days of Paper 2016: It’s a great time to celebrate paper, and I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. If you’d like more info about the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, click here. Receive these blog updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season, and feel free to leave a comment below and check out what people are making in the 25 Days of Paper FB Group!

23: More Projects

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 23

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Friends! This 25 days seems long, so I’ll make this short. These are the projects that I wrote about during the 2015 25 Days of Paper, which featured instructions for each of the paper objects pictured above. I created a list of the blog posts for your reference. Enjoy!

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About the 25 Days of Paper 2016: It’s a great time to celebrate paper, and I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. If you’d like more info about the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, click here. Receive these blog updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season, and feel free to leave a comment below and check out what people are making in the 25 Days of Paper FB Group!

A Papermaking Museum

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 22

There’s a very cool paper museum in Atlanta which is dedicated to papermaking!
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The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is located in Atlanta, Georgia and is the home of the collection of Dard Hunter.

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Born in 1883 in Steubenville, Ohio, Hunter developed a life-long passion for the craft of papermaking. He travelled around the world, collecting objects and learning from papermakers. These trips provided the foundation of the books he wrote about different papermaking traditions. By 1934, Hunter had collected over 10,000 artifacts and 2,000 books on paper and papermaking. The museum opened in 1936 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Hunter is considered by many to be the father of hand papermaking in North America, and is the author of Papermaking: The History and Technique of an Ancient Craft, first published in 1943. This book continues to be an important reference for paper historians.

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Artifacts in the museum collection include a Japanese prayer and pagoda from 770, created by the order of the Empress Shotoku, and a paper mold and sample papers created in orbit on the space shuttle.

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Paper ephemera such as mill journals, historic letters, and a variety of watermarks are included in the collection. Tapa cloths from the South Pacific and historic parchment and vellum samples are examples of non-paper elements collected by Hunter. Decorative papers by numerous twentieth-century artists are a particularly vibrant part of the collection. Museum staff are digitizing the collection to make it available online.

Peter Sowiski, RQ-7 Shadow, 2013. Kozo and abaca paper with woodblock inclusions, pigmented pulps and relief. 11"x16”

Peter Sowiski, RQ-7 Shadow, 2013. Kozo and abaca paper with woodblock inclusions, pigmented pulps and relief. 11″x16”

The museum has permanent exhibitions featuring the development of papermaking and a gallery dedicated to Dard Hunter’s works. A changing gallery features paper artists or selections from the museum collections. Past shows have included Pure Pulp, an exhibit produced by Dieu Donné and the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College; A Gathering of Continents, a collaboration between the museum and the Price-Gilbert Library at Georgia Tech and featuring the 1662 Blaeu Atlas; and selections from portfolios produced by the Journal of Hand Papermaking.

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Through a series of transitions and moves, the museum came to Atlanta in 1989, and became part of Georgia Tech in 2003. The museum is proud to offer a full schedule of programs, ranging from school tours to intensive papermaking workshops. The museum is open Monday through Friday, 9-5. Admission is free, but groups of 10 or more are required to book a program in advance.

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About our sponsor: The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is located in the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech. Founded by Dard Hunter, the purpose of the museum is to preserve and promote hand papermaking. Find the museum on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. 

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About the 25 Days of Paper 2016: It’s a great time to celebrate paper, and I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. If you’d like more info about the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, click here. Receive these blog updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season, and feel free to leave a comment below and check out what people are making in the 25 Days of Paper FB Group!

A Papery Solstice

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 21

Happy Solstice Everyone!

The October project in the Twelve Months of Paper calendar is a shadow ornament.

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For those of you who have the calendar, you have the instructions for this project. And if you purchased a custom paper pack, you also have the parts!

And for all of you, I invite you to watch the 3-minute video trailer I’ve just completed for my upcoming on-line class. If you watch to the end, you’ll find the link to a tutorial for making the shadow ornament. Enjoy!

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About the 25 Days of Paper 2016: It’s a great time to celebrate paper, and I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. If you’d like more info about the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, click here. Receive these blog updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season, and feel free to leave a comment below and check out what people are making in the 25 Days of Paper FB Group!

Peace on Paper

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 20

True confession: Doing 25 blog posts in a row is challenging! I’m thankful that I have content from years past that many of you haven’t seen, and hopefully the rest of you will enjoy seeing again!

Last year I created and sold a custom paper pack and posted the instructions for twelve projects on this blog. This proved so successful that I decided to publish the 2017 Twelve Months of Paper calendar. I’m happy to report that the success has continued, so you can expect another calendar in 2018. Below you will find one of the projects from 2015.

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I designed this card several decades ago. I think it was for an assignment at the School of Visual Arts, where I took a few classes. I remember that my instructor was impressed!

My assistant made the denim paper this past summer. That’s right, this is 100% blue jean paper. Cool, huh?

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Make this from card stock. You might want to make a mock-up before cutting your finest paper. There are a few things that could go wrong… like accidentally cutting on a fold line.

For this project you will need:

  • This template
  • Card stock
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • Bone folder
  • Cutting mat
  • Tape (to adhere template to paper)
  • Decorative items (optional)

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Step 1: Tape Template: Rough cut the template and tape it on top of the paper, making sure that you line up that first fold to match the score line between the P and the E. Also make sure that the tree top isn’t sticking up over the edge of the paper (I almost chopped mine off)!

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Step 2: Score: Cut along all of the solid lines.

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Step 3: Score: Score along all of the dashed lines.

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Step 4: Fold: Accordion fold your card!

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Step 5: Trim the Tree: This is optional. I stitched snowflake/stars onto my tree, but you could also punch, stamp, draw, … you show me!

2016 BONUS! Ann Martin of All Things Paper recently posted her rendition of this Peace Card here. If you don’t know about or follow her blog, what are you waiting for?!

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About the 25 Days of Paper 2016: It’s a great time to celebrate paper, and I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. If you’d like more info about the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, click here. Receive these blog updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season, and feel free to leave a comment below and check out what people are making in the 25 Days of Paper FB Group!

Pushing the Envelope

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 19

Sometimes you have to wonder about progress and extinction. Now I’m not saying that envelopes will go extinct, but the art of letter writing has surely diminished. But the colors and sizes of envelopes for invitations has continued to evolve, and envelopes make clever little pockets.

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The September project in the Twelve Months of Paper calendar features this Envelope Photo Album. Cut windows through the envelopes, tuck photos inside, and bind the envelopes together with bamboo skewers.

The possibilities are endless: vary the colors and sizes; try using see-through glassine envelopes; use the flaps to stick one envelope to the next, and more! I created this pinterest board, which is full of other ideas.

What about you? Have you used envelopes in other creative ways?

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About the 25 Days of Paper 2016: It’s a great time to celebrate paper, and I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. If you’d like more info about the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, click here. Receive these blog updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season, and feel free to leave a comment below and check out what people are making in the 25 Days of Paper FB Group!

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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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