The Sunday Paper #346
January 10, 2021
Paper of the Week: A Handmade Collection
Oh look! It’s Paper of the Week instead of Papermaker of the Week. I’m going to occasionally offer sheets of handmade paper for sale here. But hey papermakers! I’d love to feature you in this column one day soon. All you have to do is fill out this form.
- a grey sheet of cotton, cover weight (for a drawing with white pencil, perhaps?)
- a wispy thin sheet of abaca, with a bit of abaca fleck (translucent!)
- a striped watermark in white cotton (so unusual when held up to the light)
- a double sided pulp stenciled sheet; some sets are solid green on the back; others solid blue; all papers have the same designs stenciled on them (in paper pulp), as you see above.
In the Studio: The Paper Year Begins!
We had a really fun creating these lanterns at the Paper Year Kickoff Event last Sunday. Several participants have posted their lanterns on instagram, and this one was created by Elaine Chu. We’ll be doing projects like this all year long in The Paper Year, and registration ends tonight at midnight MST. Elaine took an online class with me last summer and is All In for The Paper Year. She even invited four of her friends from a postcard collage group to sign up, and they did! I hope you’ll join us too!
- Speaking of the Paper Year Kickoff event, I’ve edited the video so that you can make the pop-up lantern with me.
- Here’s a fantastic demonstration of Paste Paper and Orizome Paper Decoration Techniques, with a little bit of history thrown in, thanks to the Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art!
- I’m a guest on the Reach the Stars Podcast this week, where I talk about my journey with paper. Have a listen – it’s episode 22: Creative Consistency with Helen Hiebert!
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about an installation of origami angels (the Wing And A Prayer installation, at Ripon Cathedral in the UK. And then a reader sent me a link to this installation of origami doves by Michael Pendry at The Washington National Cathedral. Click through to watch them in motion. What a poignant message this installation gives us this week: PEACE.
Myriam Dion is taking newsprint as a medium to the next level, and then some! She allows herself to be guided by the images and topics present in the newspapers she finds—both their political content and photographic quality—which then leaves her with an idea of what the piece will be like as a whole.
I’ve been seeing more and more Korean hanji around lately. So cool! Check out this Q&A interview with Minjun Kim in Whitehot Magazine.
I was so happy to discover these gouache works on handmade paper by Houston artist Gail Siptak. She purchases handmade paper from all over the US and England, and she “paints not so much what is happening but how it affects people.” She is prolific and this one in a series of her pandemic paintings.
I saw this video trailer for a film about the collage work of Lance Letscher over on the All Things Paper Blog a couple of weeks ago. Wowza! I hope to watch the movie one day.
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