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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  • Do you subscribe to my monthly e-newsletter (which different than this, my blog)? I write about upcoming workshops, exhibitions and am starting to give away some free paper tutorials. Sign up and receive the first free tutorial on how to make a shadow ornament. Start creating with paper today!

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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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Snow Bunny

The Sunday Paper #154, April 16, 2017

Paper of the Week: Mingei

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If you have a copy of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, have you created your Woven Paper Lantern yet? This project features two subtle yet gorgeous papers from Washi Arts: tatami (yellow) and mingei (green) and both papers come in a variety of colors. Mingei is a Japanese machine-made laminated paper with a white base and a dyed 100% kozo decorative fiber surface. This paper works well for book covers, boxes, cards, etc.

Bunny of the Week

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This may be the world’s largest snow bunny (although not exactly what you may expect to illustrate the term). This bunny is at the top of Beaver Creek Ski Resort, and this afternoon it will be blown to bits as part of the end of season celebration. I won’t be there! I’m in Chicago this week with my daughter, obtaining a visa for her upcoming year abroad and visiting the college my son will attend next fall (DePaul). Happy Easter/Happy Passover!

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In the Studio:

I made a short (4 min) video about my newest artists’ book, Nebulae. Enjoy!

  • Have you seen my other filmsThe Papermaker’s Studio Guide is a how-to video featuring various papermaking techniques and Water Paper Time documents my fascination with the secret life of paper (what happens during the transformation from wet to dry states).
  • Do you subscribe to my monthly e-newsletter (which different than this, my blog)? I write about upcoming workshops, exhibitions and am starting to give away some free paper tutorials. Sign up and receive the first free tutorial on how to make a shadow ornament. Start creating with paper today!

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If you’re in the Seattle area, check out these paper cuts by Lauren Iida at ArtXchange Gallery. I find it intriguing that she created an “image key” to alert viewers to meanings in her iconography that might otherwise elude them. Scissors, for instance, indicate “a lack of forgiveness” and a severed duck’s head connotes corruption. Cambodian champa flowers proclaim “childhood innocence.”

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Speaking of paper weaving, Kristen Meyer of Salvage Design creates imagery and then makes prints. I find these so lovely!

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I’m guessing that many of you know of Aimee Lee‘s work. She has an exhibition up right now at the Robert C Williams Papermaking Museum in Atlanta that presents the images taken and artifacts gathered in Korea in 1933 by paper historian Dard Hunter alongside the images and artwork by Aimee Lee inspired by her research visits to Korea in 2008-2009 and 2014. I love her ducks!

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© Aimee Lee

Here’s a lovely video about the cutting edge artwork of Eric Standley.

This pop-up cake cookbook was a hit on Kickstarter! It features paper cakes by Katherine Sabbath. The kickstarter campaign is over, but be sure to scroll down to the bottom to see more pop-ups!

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The Sunday Paper #153, April 9, 2017

Paper of the Week: Flocked Paper

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In the olden days, flocked paper – paper with a velvety raised pattern – was used as wallpaper. Today there are decorative flocked papers on the market. This particular paper is called soft hearted-white on gold and is made from 100% recycled cotton, and the pattern is created by applying glue through a silk screen pattern and sprinkling flocking powder over the design. I’m creating a slice-form valentine for the next Twelve Months of Paper Calendar with this paper, which is available wherever Black Ink creative papers are sold.

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In the Studio:

This week, I made a short video about watermarks and how I created the Participate! broadside I typed about last week.

  • Have you seen my other filmsThe Papermaker’s Studio Guide is a how-to video featuring various papermaking techniques and Water Paper Time documents my fascination with the secret life of paper (what happens during the transformation from wet to dry states).
  • Do you subscribe to my monthly e-newsletter (which different than this, my blog)? I write about upcoming workshops, exhibitions and am starting to give away some free paper tutorials. Sign up and receive the first free tutorial on how to make a shadow ornament. Start creating with paper today!

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I had the pleasure of meeting Neeta Premchand in the 1990’s when she visited NYC to promote her new (then) book, Off the Deckle Edge. What a delight it was to read about all of her adventures with paper since then, including getting the distinguished Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban, to create a pavilion in Zurich, made entirely of paper and cardboard, complete with structural columns, trusses, screens and awnings. He works internationally and created the new Aspen Art Museum, which I’ve visited.

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Here’s living proof that art heals and transforms lives (will someone please share this with our current administration)? Karl Brooker, who spent time folding prison application forms en masse, is now using origami to help those who suffer from mental illness. His goal is for them to learn the skill, calm their minds and maybe feel comfortable enough to seek help.

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Looking to make your inner dragon come to life? Polimind Papercraft Designs has got your back! Check out these unique DIY Papercraft Kits made from pre-cut and pre-creased paper pieces that you get to build yourself from scratch similar to puzzles, but this time in 3D. It’s time to decorate your room like never before and have lots of fun while doing it.

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Knit a mathematical knot? Crochet a Möbius strip? Fold an origami tetrahedron or color a Latin square? This project, Maths Craft, has been awarded funding through Unlocking Curious Minds, which aims to engage young New Zealanders in STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – to take the concept to schools and institutions around the country.

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I recently discovered this wonderful documentary by Mainstream Pictures LTD about some of the work of Buzz Spector and how he works with his students. Set aside some time to watch it!

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Lokta Paper

The Sunday Paper #152, April 2, 2017

Paper of the Week: Bendable Paper

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We’re exploring bendable paper in my online class this week. When you embed wire between sheets of paper, it becomes a new malleable material: paper can stand up, become sculptural and the ends of the wire stick out so you can connect it to other things (in this case, wire rings). I wrote a brief how-to about making this kind of paper here.

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In the Studio:

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with watermarks. I’m currently making a small folded broadside featuring a different word each month. The word for March was participate. I’ve been thinking a lot about how and when to participate (in life) in a way that feels both fruitful and fulfilling. My vision of participation is circular, like a wheel. How can you participate; how do you participate; how will you participate?

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  • Have you seen my film Water Paper Time, a mesmerizing look into the inner life of paper? Watch the trailer.
  • Interested in learning more about paper and papermaking? Check out my upcoming workshops.

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The Colorplan Malaysia launch sounds like a fun event to attend this weekend, if you happen to be in Kuala Lumpur!

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These paper cuts by photographer Rich McCor are quite clever and create a new way to look at popular tourist attractions around the world. You can see more on his instagram page.

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This looks idyllic, but I’m guessing it’s nothing more than hard work! Still, this is a lovely story about a young woman who was able to return home to work at the local paper factory in Nepal that was closed for a few years due to pressure from the Maoists.

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Did you catch this story about paper in space in the New York Times – an interesting collaboration between an astronaut, an artist and gravity (or lack thereof).

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Check out this animation of Simon Schubert’s folded paper works. I’d seen the work before, but the animation adds another dimension!

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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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