A Pop-Up Valentine for You

A Pop-Up Valentine for You

Itsuo Kobayashi, Untitled (Pop-up Paintings) (2018-19), ink on paper, each piece 9 x 13 x 5 inches (photo courtesy of Kushino Terrace, Fukuyama, Japan)

The Sunday Paper #298
February 9, 2020

Paper of the Week: Weave Through Winter

Top left moving clockwise: Andrea Martin, Ann Kebbell, Suzanne Berland, Cynthia Reid, Susan Ruptash.

We are finishing up our 30 Days of Weave Through Winter on Valentine’s Day, and it has been such a treat to see the variety of weavings that have been created over the past few weeks, not to mention the papers! This week there was a challenge to weave just two strips of paper, and it was amazing to see the variety of weavings that came out of that. These are just a few of them! Check out the hashtags #weavethroughwinter or #weavingthroughwinter to see many more paper weavings.


In the Studio: Skiing + Papermaking

George Freitag has paired a couple of days of papermaking with a ski trip to Vail twice over the past couple of years. This time we processed pre-cooked Thai kozo in the beater and mixed it with bulrush he brought with him from Canada (he almost missed his flight due to declaring the plant fiber). He’s making rack cards for his hotel and I showed him how to cover panel lampshades. Fun!

Papery Tidbits:

  • Registration is now open and you are invited to my studio in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains for the 7th Annual Red Cliff Paper Retreat! The 2020 Retreat theme is Woven Paper: Books/Vessels/Lighting.
  • The Paper Year is still available, now at a discount.
  • I am developing new projects for my spring online class Flexible Book Structures 2 . Sign the waiting list to receive a $10 coupon when registration opens in early March.


Do you still make Valentines? Here’s one that you can download and print on any paper. Better yet, share your photo in The Paper Studio. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

This is a unique tribute to Kobe Bryant by Jake Van Yahres at the Randolph Community Center’s basketball court in Richmond, Virginia. I think those are crumpled paper balls.

Seed paper has taken many forms over the past couple of decades. Here’s a company in Bangladesh that is making a paper that can be recycled by planting it.

There were lots of intriguing works on and of paper at the Outsider Art Fair in NYC last month. Check out this pop up painting by Itsuo Kobayashi. The paintings are pages from illustrated pop-up books, and the artist is a former restaurant worker who meticulously documents every meal he consumes.

Itsuo Kobayashi, Untitled (Pop-up Paintings) (2018-19), ink on paper, each piece 9 x 13 x 5 inches (photo courtesy of Kushino Terrace, Fukuyama, Japan)

This is a fun story about a dad who has his children draw him while he poses/aka takes a nap. I can remember that exhaustion from when my kiddos were little. Clever!


Featured this week in my Studio shop:
Prism, Mend, The Paper Year, and The Papermaker’s Studio Guide.
The Paper Year


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  1. Kathleen says:

    Link to March class doesn’t work?

  2. Kathleen, hmmm. It is working for me. This link takes you to a sign up form: https://helenhiebertstudio.com/shop/product/flexible-structures-online-class/

  3. Chuck Crockford says:

    Hi, Helen!
    As you know, I thoroughly enjoy your Sunday Paper, and I read it “from cover to cover”. I found your piece on Mr. Freitag very interesting, since a sheet of bullrush paper was the first paper I made “from scratch”. This was twenty or thirty years ago (doesn’t time fly!), but I think I still have the sheet filed away somewhere. Perhaps we Canadians have a thing about bullrushes!
    Best wishes, and trust you are surviving under “Dictator Donald”–