Snow Bunny

The Sunday Paper #154, April 16, 2017

Paper of the Week: Mingei

woven paper lantern

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!

© Kristen Meyer

© Kristen Meyer

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!

© Aimee Lee

© 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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3 comments to Snow Bunny

  • helen, your new book, nebulae is wonderful. i think this is my favorite of all your work, i love the rattle of the pages, the beautiful stitchery and the story shared by a three year old. a heart book. you’ve made my day!

  • Chuck Crockford

    Happy Easter, Helen!
    Re the snow bunny pictured at the top of this edition of your Sunday Paper, when I look at the bunny I am reminded of Snoopy, from the comic strip “Peanuts”. Maybe it’s because I see things from a Canadian viewpoint–ha!
    Best wishes–
    Chuck

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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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