Dutch Ornamental Sheets

Dutch Ornamental Sheets

The Sunday Paper #243

January 20, 2019

Paper of the Week: Dutch Ornamental Sheets

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:

Clockwise from TL: Sarah Morgan, Monique Dufour, Dinah Beeston, Andrea Martin


This is a fun and simple origami kite tutorial, which would be great for kids, as seen in Surfer Today.

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!

Isamu Noguchi’s Akari lights are iconic (he was invited to rejuvenate the look of traditional Japanese lanterns). Here’s a nod to Noguchi and a showing of some newer lights fabricated from paper.

Photo: Courtesy of Etsy, White Snail Origami Table Lamp by Alessandra Fabre

Houston is a hot seat for art. The new Menil Drawing Institute has a Jasper Johns show up for another week, and this article touches on the various paper(like) substrates he has drawn on, including drafting paper, tracing paper, and even paper towel, as well as on mylar and other plastic surfaces.

Jasper Johns, Study for Skin I, 1962, charcoal and oil on drafting paper, 22 x 34 inches. ©2018 JASPER JOHNS, LICENSED BY VAGA AT ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/COLLECTION OF THE ARTIST

Lignin is something we try to remove from plant fibers for papermaking, but now scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are taking the waste and turning it into a material that has some interesting qualities and potential!


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  1. John Macker says:

    Dale Harris gave me your name. (As did Tom Leech) Am curating an artist’s book show in beginning June 21- Aug 24. Do you have anything in your inventory that would reflect the artist’s book in collaboration with words? Plan to feature roughly 12 book artists in 2 small galleries here at Peters Projects in Santa Fe.
    thanks for your consideration.
    John Macker

  2. John, can you send me an e-mail… helen@helenhiebertstudio.com. Thanks!