Architecture in Paper

Architecture in Paper

[Image: John Godwin/courtesy Laurence King]

The Sunday Paper #294
January 12, 2020

Paper of the Week:Kozo Grid Paper

I am still messing around with the grid watermark on my mould. Once I remove it, I’m not likely to reuse it, so I’m trying to make the most of it with pulp I have on hand in the studio. This is some kozo I had hand beaten and stored in the fridge. I ran it through my hollander beater for just a few minutes to loosen the fibers, and then formed sheets on my western mould, dipping several times (similar to the Japanese method). I have always wondered what would happen if you were to beat kozo in a hollander, under pressure, for a long time. Let me know if you’ve tried it! Anyways, I didn’t strain my formation aid, so that’s why you see some holes and droplets. Next week I’m going to make a few more sheets with strained formation aid, and when the vat gets thin I’ll add some abaca. A selection of gridded papers is available in The Paper Shop, but the kozo variety isn’t available yet, as I’m still working out those kinks!


In the Studio: The Paper Studio

I shared this book I created about the birth of my son.

In case you missed it last week, I’m re-activating my facebook group. It is now called The Paper Studio (if you were a member of Club Paper, you’re now automatically a member of The Paper Studio). This year, we’re doing a monthly challenge based on the projects in The Paper Year. We’re starting with the January project, a Cubicard designed by guest artist Lore Spivey. Whether you own a copy of The Paper Year or not, you’ll be able to participate and create your own unique variations and post them in our group. The real fun will be seeing how everyone interprets and creates based on each challenge! Hop on over to join us and check out the first challenge! We’ve had several people post their inspiring work this week, and there will be a raffle prize drawing at the end of the month for those who participate in the challenge!
Papery Tidbits:

  • The Paper Year is still available, now at a discount, and I have just 12 more paper kits in stock.
  • Have you listened to my interview with Matt Shlian on Paper Talk?
  • Weave Through Winter begins this week! This is an online class – a daily practice that will help you kick the year off and get your creative wheels spinning.


Book Arts in Venice! There is room for one more person on the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center’s Book Arts in Venice trip and the deadline to register has been extended to January 31st. Travel to Venice, Cornuda, and Verona, Italy, to work in traditional printing and letterpress studios and tour historic libraries and museums. Print in the studio of the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice. Tour historic sites including St. Mark’s Square, the Accademia Gallery, and the library of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini where we will see a collection of early Venetian printed books. Travel to Verona to visit the Antica Tipografia Arche Scaligere and the Biblioteca Capitolare, one of the oldest libraries in the world. Print a letterpress book at Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione, located in the town of Cornuda, at the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains.
Participants will stay in shared apartments, a restored 16th century villa, and hotel accommodations. All travel will be via public transport including trains, boats, and buses. The program welcomes all levels of experience, with introductory instruction in the studio. Click here for more information and to register.

My friend Diane Jacobs is doing some amazing mixed media work, often incorporating paper, and always bringing light to the issues of our times. I thought you might enjoy taking a look at her latest newsletter. One of the pieces featured in it is Stump Trump, which was recently on view with more of her work at the Annex in The Bush Barn Art Center in Salem, Oregon.

San Francisco–based artist Zai Divecha creates serene yet elaborate masterpieces from … you guessed it… paper!

Check out these four clever ways to plant seeds in paper pots!

As a kid, I wanted to be an architect. Well, I’d say that perhaps I ended up becoming a Paper Architect. Laurence King Publishing has a new book out featuring some of Le Corbusier’s buildings. The book, by Marc Hagan-Guirey, is a step-by-step kirigami guide (which is a variation of origami that allows for the cutting of paper, rather than solely folding it) that teaches readers how to create paper buildings designed to mimic real places designed by the famed architect.


Featured this week in my Studio shop:
Weave Through Winter Online Class, a selection of grid papers, The Paper Year, and The Paper Lover’s Package.
The Paper Year


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