Helen HiebertHelen Hiebert Studio’s mission is to share and expand the love of hand papermaking and paper crafts with newcomers and to expand the knowledge of experienced artists through artwork, online and in-person classes, retreats, videos, how-to books, a blog and a podcast.

I’m Helen, and I’m obsessed with paper. I enjoy working with, designing and making paper by hand, and I love to develop projects to share with you! I run a professional papermaking studio high up in the Colorado Rocky mountains where I create artist’s books and unique handmade papers, design paper projects, and develop and record online classes.

Every time I discover a new paper, my imagination is sparked! First, my mind starts to envision new creations, but the magic happens when I start manipulating the material in my hands: cutting, folding, crumpling, tearing, weaving and more. My hope is that we can share the joy of making paperwork fun and inspirational!

Here’s a cute clip with a catchy tune. I’m one of the adults in the video!

If you’re a paper lover or maker, I invite you to join the The Paper Studio community over on facebook, where you can connect with like-minded friends!

Top 10 Tidbits about Helen Hiebert:

1. I was born in Tennessee, grew up in Texas, and went to the University of the South
2. I lived in NYC for 11 years; in Portland, Oregon for 14 years and now I live near Vail, Colorado
3. I’ve written five how-to books
4. In 2008, I produced a couple of art films (about paper, of course and a how-to film called The Papermaker’s Studio Guide
5. I’ve stood atop the Brooklyn Bridge
6. I lived in Germany for two years
7. Yes, that was me in the New York Times vows section in 1996 and 2003!
8. I’ve traveled to Ecuador, Japan, Korea, Tasmania and throughout Europe
9. I bicycled across the United States in 1991 and
10. I’ve made an appearance on Sesame Street (see below).

And if this has piqued your interest, you might want to check out my artists’ books and community based installations.

“In Hiebert’s hands, paper becomes an alternately muscular and fragile material capable of enigma, mystery and beauty. She crafts small-scale works that suggest the influence of architecture and the landscape: radial patterns, hexagonal shapes, various undulating forms that resemble the waves of sand found in the endless desert.” —  DK Row, The Oregonian

The Paper Year Online is a fun way to get involved in the paper community that I’m building, one sheet at a time.