Dragged Through the Lake and Sand

Dragged Through the Lake and Sand

The Sunday Paper #327

August 30, 2020

Papermaker of the Week: Barbara Ery

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Painted small sheet of handmade paper soaked in iron water and tied into bundles and dragged through the lake and sand.

Barbara (Scout) Ery is getting her masters in paper making by studying with master papermaker Sara Gilfert at Paper Circle in Ohio. Gilfert started out as fiber artist and traveled extensively to the Far East, where she learned and explored Japanese paper making. Ery is reading tons of books at present and has the opportunity to be in a working full furnished papermaking studio during the pandemic.

In the Studio:

I’m putting together a month-long online Handmade Holiday Series that will begin in late October and wrap up prior to Thanksgiving. Join me and create a series of cards, holiday décor, ornaments and lanterns for friends and loved ones (or yourself). Click here to let me know you’re interested, and I’ll send you a coupon code when registration opens.


Papery Tidbits:

Remember the Notes for Votes campaign I wrote about recently? Well blog reader, Candace Wilkinson, ordered a set and got inspired. Check out her recent blog post (you’ll find the link to Notes for Votes and can purchase her cards too). Her blog post starts like this: “I grew up in a family that paid attention to politics without being deeply engaged. But voting was important. I remember the thrill of stepping inside the curtain with my mom when she voted. I have voted in every election since I was old enough to register. Even when the issues or candidates I supported have not prevailed, at least I’ve been heard.” So good!

This is super cool to watch – a time lapse paper transformation! Soomin Kim brings the groundbreaking curve of Samsung’s new G9 and G7 gaming monitors to life with nothing more than a paper cup and pen.

Odyssey G9 & G7: A paper cup masterpiece | Samsung

Look closely, and you’ll see that this piece is made of paper. The work of Swetha Srinivasan is delightful! In an attempt to escape a chronic illness, she made more than 70 paper miniatures in 10 months – dioramas to convey little stories and moments. She considers overcoming the physical pain of juvenile arthritis by indulging herself in quilling to be her greatest achievement.

Swetha Srinivasan’s work is shared on Instagram through the handle @confessionsofthehe_art

I was sorry to read that Milton Glaser died this week on his 91st birthday. Glaser was a well known graphic designer in NYC who co-founded Pushpin Studios (In the 1990’s , I worked for company that shared a space with this iconic design firm which is now called The Pushpin Group). Glaser is perhaps best known for designing the iconic and ubiquitous “I ♥ NY” logo, created in 1977 to promote tourism in New York State amid the city’s spate of crime, infamous blackout, and widespread economic hardship. His concept sketch was hastily scribbled in red on a paper envelope.

Glaser gained widespread acclaim for a 1960s psychedelic poster for Bob Dylan’s “Greatest Hits” album.

This isn’t paper but the ingenious design began ON paper – check out the 2D and 3D sketches. The Origami Bottle collapses, folding up so it can easily fit in your bag or even squeeze inside your pocket. So cool!


For the Puppy Fans:

Stryker is growing by the day (he’s 10 weeks old now). He can run up the stairs to our condo (but not down), he loves to chew, tug, wake up early, and run away when I try to grab him. Doesn’t he look handsome in his red harness?


Featured this week in my Studio shop:

A Map to Now broadside, The Papermaker’s Studio Guide DVD, Try It: Party Light Online Class & Playing With Paper.



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