I’m doing another 25 Days of Paper to celebrate the season of giving by sharing the wonders of paper. Each day I’ll highlight an aspect of paper as well as one of my paper weavings (today is day #70 of 100 x 100 Paper Weavings).
I invite you to interact with me during these 25 days by sharing what you know about the topics in the comment section below.
I just acquired a copy of the new book On Paper, by Nicholas A. Basbanes, filled with anecdotes about this amazing material and its uses. It looks like a good read, and I’m reminded of Timothy Barrett’s book Japanese Papermaking and Papermaking by Dard Hunter as two other books that give so many details about this art and craft of paper. Basbane is not a practictioner of the craft, and I look forward to reading his perspective. Someday I hope to see a book written (or a film produced) about the artistic side of the field, with histories of those who are exploring and challenging the medium in innovative ways. The magazine, Hand Papermaking, does this well in a journal format.
What books about the history and uses of paper do you recommend?
Below are last week’s weavings (I took a day off from posting on Friday). From here on out, you’ll see just one a day.
© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #66, 10″ x 11″, $100
This weaving features a light green cotton handmade paper from Oblation Papers & Press
in Portland and an itajame dyed paper by Kristoferson Studio
in Calgary, Canada.
© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #67, 10′” x 8″, $100
This was one of the most challenging weavings, integrating a spiral into the rays. The papers are both from Oblation Papers & Press, the off-white features a watermark.
Graphic Products Corporation/Black Ink
© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #68, 10″ X 8″, $100
imports this crinkled momigami paper, which I wove with a mystery paper: two points if you can identify it!
© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #69, 10″ x 13″, $100
Zelda Tanenbaums embossed lace paper holds a sampler: a handmade marbled paper by Linda Draper, an itajame dyed paper by Susan Kristoferson, and papers from Graphic Products Corp/Black Ink and Paper Connection International.
© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #70, 10″ x 8″, $100
The neutral colored paper is called pinto buckskin and is imported from Nepal by Graphic Products Corporation/Black Ink. The hand marbled paper is made by Tom Leech of Santa Fe.
About the 25 Days of Paper
: I’m going to be a crazy blogger in December, featuring cool paper products, projects, blogs, books, or papers each day. Join in the fun by reading along! I’ll also post links on my FaceBook page
. Enjoy the season!