The Sunday Paper #47

Out and About: I’m in Salt Lake City this weekend, where I just finished teaching a workshop on Experimental Abaca. I like the call this fiber the incredible shrinking material, because it is. It is such a delight to show students a few possibilities and to see how they run with it. Wow!



Shortly after I met my husband, he started working at The New Yorker Magazine. He was a fact checker, and they did everything by hand… no computers (although they transitioned to them during his tenure there). Well, they’ve got all things computer down now! Check out this digital cover – click here to watch it in motion.


These books turned into paper sculpture by South African artist Barbara Wildenboer are simply exquisite and offer another take on the altered book.  


I’m not sure whether any of these fashions by Junya Watanabe are made of paper, but they are certainly striking and some of them surely must have at least been designed in paper. My jaw would have hit the floor if I were watching these on the runway at Paris Fashion Week. Be sure to click through to see more!


See how the natural curves of paper are being used to develop a prototype for a new racing bike design. Pei Wuyang is working out the details of paper ergonomics.


Here’s a very cool Edward Gorey tunnel book.


About The Sunday Paper: The Sunday Paper is published by Helen Hiebert Studio. 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 click on the link to leave your comments and suggestions!

1 comment to The Sunday Paper #47

  • Jacqueline Hoyt

    Re: Fashions
    In the 90’s, at least in San Francisco, the paper companies sponsored a fashion show of paper garments. It was a fund raiser for Women In Advertising and was terrific. Paper companies gave the paper to the artists for the designs. There was some pretty trippy stuff.

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