A Week of Papermaking

A Week of Papermaking

As seen on Colossal

As seen on Colossal

The Sunday Paper #417

Juneteenth + Father’s Day, 2022

I just finished hosting the first ever Papermaking Master Class in my studio. Four participants traveled here for the week to expand their knowledge of the papermaking process. We explored many of the techniques that are covered in my book, The Papermaker’s Companion, and spent one day at Susan Mackin Dolan’s studio processing Japanese fibers – there’s nothing seeing and touching the tools and materials.

You can read about the course here and add your name to the list for future Papermaking Master Classes. (My next in studio event is in August – read more about the Red Cliff Paper Retreat below).

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This is an intriguing project: an art exhibition consisting of 1,000 origami paper cranes and 333 Japanese haiku poems that will grow and flock month by month. The year-long project is related to Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee.

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I’ve featured the work of Polly Verity before, and her work is worth sharing again. She’s folding some unique papers, and if you check her out on instagram, you’ll see that find her exploring new folds.

As seen on Colossal

© Polly Verity, as seen on Colossal

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Check out this bakeable, paper packaging from Novacart.

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I enjoyed this interview with Asheville artist Jenny Pickens, whose work resembles paintings but is actually created with tiny bits of paper, assembled to accent shapes, colors, light and shadows.

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I’m featuring one-sheet wonders here on the blog, since the projects my new book, The Art of Papercraft, fall into that category. I’d love to feature your one-sheet wonders!

Pam MacKellar is a book and paper artist, and printmaker who lives and works in New Mexico. Her first pandemic project was to study and make models from Paul Jackson’s books. Since then she has continued to study different paper folding and pop up techniques. She has taught book arts at the University of New Mexico Department of Continuing Education, the Santa Fe Book Arts Group, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and her art has been exhibited in shows and galleries throughout the US.

© 2022, Pam MacKellar, Folded Column #2, paste paper on Arches Text Wove, 12.5″ (H) x 3″ (W) x 3″ (D), Photo credit: Pam MacKellar

Paper Tidbits:

  • I’ll be hosting a free mini-workshop on Zoom in a couple of weeks. We’ll make a Spinning Flower Card (you can rearrange the petals), and I’ll talk a bit about The Paper Year, my membership program, which will be open for registration. Join us on June 29th for some paper fun! Register here.
  • I have two spots that have opened up in my Red Cliff Paper Retreat in my Colorado studio in August.
  • I’m a member of the Craft Industry Alliance, and they are currently taking scholarship applicationsIf you run a small craft business, I highly recommend this organization.
  • I’m going to be hanging out in Denver at Anything Wright Farms Library on June 27th from 10am – noon with my lantern installation, Step Into the Light. Send me an e-mail if you’d like to meet me there.

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In the Studio:

My next in-person event is the Red Cliff Paper Retreat, a gathering of a dozen like-minded creatives here in Colorado. This year, we’ll explore paper weaving, with both readymade and handmade papers. This event will take place August 22 – 26th and two spots have recently opened up – join us if you can!

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Featured in my Studio shop:

The Art of Papercraft, Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds, Water Paper Time, a film download, and The Papermaker’s Companion.

The Art of Papercraft

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2 Comments

  1. Ruth Singer says:

    Hello Helen,
    Enjoying your blog very much, thank you! Today’s post and specifically the wonderful artist Jenny Pickens brought to mind an artist I also admire up here in Ontario, Canada, who also works magic with paper and colour. When you have time check her out! When I first saw her work our Toronto Outdoor Art exhibit I thought it was painted. She is incredible!
    https://www.karavosart.com
    All the very best and thanks for sharing such amazing “paperworks”!
    Ruth S.

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