Early Postage Stamps

Early Postage Stamps

The Sunday Paper #128, October 9, 2016
Paper of the Week: Laminated Lace Paper
I love the look of lace paper, but don’t often use really thin papers with holes in it. For some reason, I can’t find an application (what do you do with thin lacey sheets)? But I love this look! These are sheets of lace paper that are laminated to a thicker base sheet with konnyaku (a Japanese adhesive). Thanks for the idea Washi Arts!
In the Studio:
There’s a new episode over on Paper Talk (my podcast series) featuring Amanda Degener. Not only is Amanda an artist and co-proprietor of Cave Paper in Minneapolis, but she’s also the co-founder of Hand Papermaking Magazine. Have a listen!
Papery Tidbits

  • This is your last call to join me for the Twelve Months of Paper Workshop in Edwards, CO next Saturday, October 15th. The workshop fee includes a calendar, custom paper pack and you will leave with 4-5 completed projects + materials for making the rest!
  • Today we are packaging the Custom Paper Packs for the Twelve Months of Paper calendars. Those of you who ordered calendars + paper packs should be receiving them within the next 10 days.
  • I am looking for a few more sponsors for the 25 Days of Paper blog marathon in December. If you make a paper product and are interested, find out more here.

Imagine this: handmade paper postage stamps. Until the last few months of 1854 (during the time of the Austro-Hungarian empire at least) the paper was handmade, and the sheets were watermarked.
Rock on, Linda Benglis! In recent years, her signature works have a new element—handmade paper. And with her latest show at Cheim & Read in Chelsea, she uses the handmade paper to wrap around chicken wire and paints over the sandy texture of the paper with vibrant energetic colors.

photo by Brian Buckley courtesy of Cheim & Read Gallery

Photo by Brian Buckley courtesy of Cheim & Read Gallery

Here’s a new pop-up book by Helen Friel: Midnight Creatures will be available just in time for Halloween!

This is a rendition of origami like I’ve never seen it before. Architect and origami artist Ankon Mitra is dedicated to the magic of folding, experimenting with a thousand different ways of folding, applying them to as many different kinds of material as may be observed in nature. Using new technologies and software, combined with the basic principle of folding paper prototypes by hand, Ankon seeks to reinvent this ancient art of Origami as a new three dimensional creative vocabulary of great beauty and immense aesthetic.
Every once in awhile, you find a real treasure on-line. I’m hoping that some of you will think that of this. Claire Van Vliet is an amazingly talented woman in our field, and her book Woven and Interlocking Book Structures is now available digitally (for free). Hopefully many of you have the real thing on your bookshelf too!

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1 Comment

  1. Kateortolano says:

    Hi Helen….is the konnyaku an adhesive? I used pva or wheat paste to laminate. I love laminating!
    Also, it took about 4 hours for my Kozo to cook. Maybe it’s the valley vs mountains? Next is rinsing? Then put in plastic bags. Thanks!
    Love Linda Benglis work