Acquiring Fine Papers


© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #31,  10" x 8", $100

© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #31, 10″ x 8″, $100

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There are so many places to find and acquire papers! Do you make or decorate them yourself, do you purchase them at a store, do you buy from a warehouse or dealer? I’ve listed the companies that have contributed paper for this project in a sidebar on my web page. I also have a pinterest page featuring 50 places to shop for paper. Please leave a comment below if there is a resource you know of that I’ve missed!
The weaving pictured above features an eggplant colored paper with embedded strings that I purchased at The Artist’s Mercantile, an art supply store in Glenwood Springs. This particular shop orders all of its paper from Graphic Products Corporation/Black Ink, a paper distributor (their website is quite informative). I wove it with a gorgeous hand marbled paper by Steve Pittelkow. I’ve said this before: it is fascinating to watch Steve work his magic at the marbling tank.
© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #32,  9" x 9", $100

© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #32, 9″ x 9″, $100

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#32 is double-sided!

#32 is double-sided!

Upcycling (giving something old a new life) is a great way to reuse interesting papers. Rockport Publishers, which published my book Playing With Paper, upcycles their print waste into these nifty blank books (and BTW, Rockport runs the Craftside Blog featuring projects from lots of their books). Paper Weaving #32 features upcycled paper from Lexi Boeger’s book Intertwined.
© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #33,  10" x 8", $100

© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #33, 10″ x 8″, $100

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Designers often have their patterns reproduced on papers. I wove this blue paper designed by Debra Glanz of Reminiscence Papers. She sells a line of decorative papers in her Etsy Shop. Paper Connection International (PCI) imports papers from a variety of makers in Japan. The orange paper here, called Spokes on Tangerine, is from their Laurelai line designed by a couple of paperwomen exclusively for PCI.
I’m ramping up for another giveaway – this time an assortment of papers leftover from my weavings – be sure to read my next blog post for details!

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