The Sunday Paper #436
November 20, 2022
I had the pleasure of interviewing Susan Ruptash on Paper Talk. Ruptash is a Toronto washi artist who works with handmade heritage washi, exploring the properties and possibilities of paper. Ruptash’s career as an architect has informed her explorations of structure, form, materiality and process. She is a member of Propeller Art Gallery, Open Studio, and the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild. Ruptash’s work often includes embedded efforts that may not be readily apparent on viewing, but contribute to the finished piece through a curiosity and respect for the materials.
Origami tessellations are fascinating yet intimidating, so Gathering Folds is hosting a free Advent of Tessellations challenge this year to help you start learning and folding these beautiful patterns. New video tutorials and decoded crease patterns will be released daily from December 1st to 25th, and each pattern is folded on a small grid without additional pre-creasing so they can be folded in around 30 minutes. These patterns were selected for a gradual increase in difficulty over the course of the challenge and also for their appeal as decorations, whether in a window or on a Christmas tree or as gifts to friends and family. So, come join our community of fellow folders and start folding tessellations today!
About Our Sponsor: Gathering Folds helps aspiring tessellation folders to deeply understand tessellations with courses focused on broad structures, theory, and folding skills so they can approach new patterns with confidence and even start designing patterns of their own.
How fun to find a story about the artisans who are keeping Tuscany’s bookmaking tradition alive, as part of Travel Tales, a series of life-changing adventures on . Special thanks to a reader for sharing this with me.
How cool is this? A paper battery is being developed by researchers at the Cellulose & Wood Materials Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology to address the problem of hazardous e-waste.
Big Issue commissions acclaimed artists to create collectable art as holiday wrapping paper. Choose a limited edition print, or elevate your giving with gifts that look too good to open.
- I’m teaching my popular 3-hour Shadow Lantern workshop through Maine Media on 12/11.
- Last year I started a new tradition – creating a list of my favorite paper resources for 2021. For 2022, I’d love to include your recommendations as well. Tell me about them here.
In the Studio
When I have an intern, I try to come up with projects that serve both of us. It isn’t always easy! While Madeline Good is in the studio this month, we have two main projects: 1. We are organizing my library of project samples and cataloguing my books about paper (do you know about Library Thing? Check out what we’ve entered from my library so far). And 2. We’re busy filming a series of how-to papermaking videos. As we go through this process, Madeline is learning new papermaking techniques and practicing sheet forming.
|Featured this week 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.
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