Beauty in the Air

Beauty in the Air

The Sunday Paper #357

April 4, 2021

The Paper Year, my membership program featuring a new project every month (like this Butterfly Book) and a community of paper lovers, is now open for registration (through April 10th). Join me tomorrow at a FREE one-hour Zoom event and create your own butterfly book and learn all about The Paper Year.

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I loved reading about the poignant paper cut work of Barbara Earl Thomas, who says “With this work, I offer an alternate view, one that brings the dark child into the definition of the every-child. … My cuts are pathways that carry the child’s curious entreaties, ones that assume the protection the adult gaze should engender.” Thomas enlisted others to help cut the works in Tyvek – I can only imagine the conversations that ensued. If you are in Seattle, this is a must see (at the Seattle Art Museum, now through November 14th). If you aren’t, click through to watch the video and see the slide show of her installation, The Geography of Innocence.

Seattle-based artist Barbara Earl Thomas next to her work, “Baileh, 2020,” part of “The Geography of Innocence” exhibition of Thomas’ works at Seattle Art Museum. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

One of my most popular blog posts is about making a drying box for hand papermaking. I’ve even heard from printmakers, who have built this type of drying system to dry their prints. I decided to make this video to show how it works. You’ll find links to more drying system and paper drying resources underneath the video on Youtube.

When Covid-19 began, Chicago printmaker Beth Adler began making daily collages as a way to work through what she was going through. This expanded into prints of COVID-19 houses made on handmade paper, which she sold, donating some of the proceeds to the Evanston Community Foundation’s COVID-19 rapid response fund.

Looking for a job in the paper world? The Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio, is looking for a Senior Program Manager to provide leadership and manage three key program areas: Workshops, Community Arts and Gallery Exhibitions. The Manager designs, plans, executes, evaluates programs; and works closely with other Morgan staff on program marketing, communications, bookkeeping, and fundraising. This is a salaried, full-time position with benefits.

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Papery Tidbits:

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In the Studio: 

The piece of my business that I slacked on this past year making art, but I feel the energy percolating once again. I work with several artist’s book dealers who show and sell my books to special collections librarians, and 23 Sandy recently placed my book Prism at Baylor University, and Tangential and Interluceo (now sold out) are going to Virginia Commonwealth University; Vamp & Tramp Booksellers is currently featuring a $100 and under catalog.

Louise Levergneux, who writes the 1/2 Measure Studio Blog, put together this fascinating post about how book artists (yours truly included) have weathered the pandemic. She’s feeling hopeful, and I am too. I look forward to releasing my next artist’s book by the end of the year.

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Featured this week in my Studio shop:

The Paper Year (now registering), The Papermaker’s Companion, Water Paper Time, and Playing With Paper.

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