Animals Out of Paper

Animals Out of Paper

The Sunday Paper #418

June 26th, 2022

This week I’ve been putting together a few artist’s books for an exhibition at Colorado State University that will take place this fall. When I create an edition, I don’t always complete it – I make the books to order – but I’ve realized that I waste quite a bit of time when I do it that way because I forget the production process! I’ve been hand stitching the colophon for the last copy of Nebulae, which will eventually go to our daughter, who sparked the idea and told the story.


I had a lovely conversation with Marianne R. Petit on Paper Talk, an artist and educator whose work explores fairy tales, anatomical obsessions, graphic and narrative medicine, as well as collective storytelling practices through mechanical books that combine animation and paper craft. Her interests are in combining technology, traditional book arts, and sequential storytelling to create new forms of narrative for the 21st century. Her movable books can be found in numerous museum and library collections. Her artwork has appeared internationally in festivals and exhibitions, been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic, Make, and Wired, and broadcast on IFC and PBS.


Rabbit hole warning: I spent quite a bit of time on Paste Paper Living‘s site. Their story is fascinating. They are using paper pulp like porcelain, pouring it into forms and then removing the water.


Check this out: a play centering around origami. Animals Out of Paper follows Ilana, a world-renowned origami artist riding the lows of a divorce, a lost dog and minimal socialization. She’s met by fan and high school teacher Andy who brings her Suresh, a teen origami prodigy, and then unfolds a story of mismatched pairings, hurting and healing with those around us. The show opens in Tampa next month.


This looks like a terrific paper show at Heron Arts in San Fransisco.


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!

Ramsay Teviotdale has been working her way through some of the projects in The Art of Papercraft, and she sent these two that explore the accordion fold. On the left: Swirling Flower, Nepalese Lokta paper, coiled cardstock center, double-sided tape. 7″ wide, 1/2″ deep; On the right: Tyvek Lanterns, repurposed business size Tyvek envelope, acrylic paint, double-sided tape. Each vessel is approximately 3″ tall and 3.5″ wide. Photos by the artist.

The pattern in the paper swirls together so nicely on this flower, and I love how the Tyvek is stained for those lanterns.


Paper Tidbits:

  • I’ll be hosting a free mini-workshop this coming Wednesday, June 29th. 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. Register for this free workshop.
  • I have two spots that have opened up in my Red Cliff Paper Retreat in my Colorado studio in August. Our theme is paper weaving.
  • The Paper Retreat in Italy, that I’m part of, is filling up, but there are still a few spots.


In the Studio:

I’m heading to Portland tomorrow to visit our daughter. On my way to the airport in Denver, I’ll stop by Anythink Wright Farms, where I’m looking forward to conversations with library goers and staff about my installation, Step Into The Light. I plan to make a video documenting the experience – stay tuned.

If you’re in the Denver area, please come to these events in July:

  • Lantern workshops: if you have a 5-12 year old, they can make a lantern with me, July 19th – 23rd. Here’s the link to the first session, and if you click on the calendar, you can register for the other sessions (there are two each day that week, at various library branches).
  • Please join us for the culminating event: Illuminate the Night, on July 30th. I’m really looking forward to this family friendly event with lots of activities, followed by a lantern procession to my lantern as the grand finale.


Featured in my Studio shop:

The Art of Papercraft, the Red Cliff Paper Retreat, Water Paper Time, a film download, and The Papermaker’s Companion.

The Art of Papercraft


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