The Sunday Paper #254
April 7, 2019
Paper of the Week: French Construction Paper
Hedi Kyle turned me onto French Paper. This is a family owned business that has been manufacturing paper for more than 140 years in Niles, Michigan. Remaining as one of the last, small, independent mills in America, French Paper has learned to take their direction from customers, not corporate consultants. How cool is that?
I love the subtle rich hues in the construction paper line. This paper comes in text and cover weights, as well as envelopes in a variety of sizes. I highly recommend French Paper’s sample books, I purchased all of them for $30 (plus shipping) and I received about 200 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper samples, which was totally worth it!
In the Studio:
I love tinkering with paper, and it is especially nice when I find (or make) time to tinker. I’ve been working on the lessons for my upcoming Flexible Book Structures online class that begins this week, and I spent a bit of time coming up with variations on this book structure that I call the Criss Cross Accordion. We will explore the basic structure, and as you can see, there are multiple variations, not to mention the fact that you can expand this structure by adding more ‘pages’. That’s why it is called a flexible book structure. It isn’t too late to sign up for the class! What would you put on those pages?
- Books, Vessels, & Containers, oh my! How do you store your stuff? Come explore a variety of papers that can be cut, folded, stitched and manipulated to create books, tubes, pockets, envelopes, maps, bags and more at the Red Cliff Paper Retreat, held in my Colorado studio, September 14-18. One spot left!
- Interested in paper cutting and storytelling? Béatrice Coron is teaching a workshop this summer at the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology.