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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2 comments to Lokta Paper

  • The watermark fascination I share with you. Any surface you can actually see through, is so mysterious and wonderful, like the rice porcelain bowls and plates from China. I love what you are doing with the embosses.
    Are those hand cut board? Inspiring means, I want to do THAT!

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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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