A Passion for Paper

A Passion for Paper

The Sunday Paper #378

August 29, 2021

I hope you’ll click through to watch the video about my upcoming online class, Flexible Book Structures. We’ve got a great group forming, and I’m looking forward to seeing how participants interpret six artist’s book structures in this 6-week class that begins on September 20th. Maybe you’d like to join us? One cool feature of an online class like this is that you get to work at your own pace in your own space, and then hop online to share what you’ve created in our online classroom. We’ll have two live zoom meetings too.

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Join me on Zoom this coming Wednesday, September 1st, for a free mini-workshop that I’m hosting in conjunction with my Flexible Book Structures online class. I’ll show you how to make this miniature book that rocks, and I’ll tell you a bit more about the online class and answer any questions you have.

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I enjoyed Velma Bolyard’s radio interview on North Country Public Radio. The host asks her what it is about paper that has made it a passion of hers for decades. Her reflections are inspiring.

Velma Bolyard in her home studio, Wake Robin, with contact or eco printing on paper. Photo: Todd Moe

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How cool is this? The University of St. Andrews Special Collection’s blog is featuring 52 Weeks of Historial How-To’s, and Week 19 highlighted Diderot’s Encyclopédie and the art of making paper (I love that they refer to it as an art).

Plate showing the “Papetterie, Moulin, Détails d’une de Cuves à Cilindres” (details of a tank with a roller), broken down in to its constituent parts. Encyclopédie, Planches tome 5, pl. VIII (St Andrews copy sf AE25.D5)

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I made another Papermaking Tip video, showing how to divide the deckle to make multiple deckle-edged sheets in one dip.

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Paper Tidbits:

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In the Studio:

Slowly but surely, I am working my way through the edition of 25 copies (plus a few artist’s proofs) of my new artist’s book, Intensio. Tension is a pulling force in physics, and this book explores that force as you open and close the pages. This week, I created the paper that will line the boxes for the books. This involved embedding lots of string between sheets of cotton paper and trying to avoid tangles. I got a system down by the end!

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Featured this week in my Studio shop:

Now registering: Flexible Book Structures Online Class, and three of my artist’s books: LandEscape, The Way It Is and Tangential.

Flexible Book Structures Banner

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