January 20, 2019
I read about Papillon Papers on the Book Arts Listserv this week, a company run by Madeleine and Vernon Wiering, a daughter and father design team. They call themselves design archaeologists: they dig through the past to find designs and decorated papers and resurrect them by reproducing and reimagining these often hidden examples of beauty and make them available as decorative paper and derivative products.
This Dutch Ornamental Sheet design is reminiscent of ornate iron work. It is inspired by a decorated sheet found in a book published in the Netherlands in 1891. This design was also found in German books of the period. The paper is sourced from French Paper Company, a family run company in Niles, Michigan – a pioneer in recycled paper production – and their mill is powered by fully renewable hydroelectric generators installed in 1922 (saving over one million barrels of fossil fuel to date). The sheets are offset printed in the USA.
In the Studio
My online class Weave Through Winter kicked off this week. We’re creating a weaving a day, and week one involves weaving strips of paper. Here a few examples:
A box of chocolates turned into a miniature car. Look what Haruki is doing with packaging instead of tossing it into the garbage. So clever! Be sure to click through to see all of the images!