A Light in the Dark

A Light in the Dark

The Sunday Paper #440

December 18, 2022

I’m sending you warm wishes for a sparkling solstice and a lovely holiday season!

If you’re still in need of a gift that lasts all year long, why not give the gift of paper to a loved one or yourself?! Join our growing group of paper enthusiasts, lovers, addicts (insert your adjective here) and explore paper techniques throughout the year.

The Paper Year is now open for registration through January 15th, and this is the only time of year that you can join the group and pay an annual fee (which includes two free months). Scroll to the bottom of this post to see what we created last week at the Zoom kick-off event.


As we approach the shortest day of the year, I had to share these lovely lights created by Paper Year member Deborah Shayne with you. This project is featured in my book, The Art of Papercraft, and there’s some magic in this group of Floral Lanterns, isn’t there? More is better in this case! I thought I recognized the paper, and it is carte varese from Florence (Deborah lives in Rome). Mulberry Paper and More happens to carry that same line of paper here in the states.


Check out these cardboard sculptures by Scott Fife, on view through December 22 at Traver Gallery in Seattle.

As seen on Colossal: “Dog With Picasso Guitar” (2022), archival cardboard, glue, drywall screws, and ink, 14 x 60 x 30 inches. Photo by Traver Gallery


Sometimes worthwhile exhibitions fall to the bottom of my feed and don’t make it onto the blog in a timely manner (oops)! Confluence took place in LA last summer around the theme of drought. Two pieces caught my eye – the one below, which they’re calling handmade paper (read the article to see why I say that) and a piece by Debra Scacco – the description is great, although there isn’t an image – whose work on paper is composed from an interaction with wind, which moved the liquid materials around on the sheet until they dried. Cool!

Emma Robbins, “L.A. River Paper,” 2018; algae, leaves, bird material, thread(Sean Meredith / Track 16)


This is a fascinating video about the craft villages across Vietnam that are keeping traditions alive. There’s a papermaking segment at 12:29, but the entire video is worth watching.


Paper Tidbits


In the Studio

I had so much fun showing participants in a mini-Zoom workshop how to create this Cube Light. You can watch the replay and create your own. Here are a few creations by participants: Hilarie Rath, Judy Bennett and Val Forbes.


Featured in my Studio Shop this week: The Art of Papercraft + Collage Packs


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  1. Nancy Pike says:

    Congratulations on Episode 100 of Papertalk!! Great job! I love listening and find it inspiring to hear about the various influences on an artist’s development. How fitting that the 100th episode features you! Thank you!

  2. Thank you, Nancy, and thanks so much for listening to the podcast!

  3. Marci Muench says:

    Will you please send me your email address?

    I want to send a photo of paper stars I saw in Sorrento, Italy.

    I hope you can tell me about them and how I can make some.