February 20, 2022
I had so much fun with 200+ of you celebrating pub day for The Art of Papercraft. Special thanks to Akua Lezli Hope for setting the mood by opening and closing the event with her poems about paper; to the team at Storey Publishing for getting this book out into the world; and especially to Susan Joy Share, who interviewed me and showed off her contributions to the book. And thanks to everyone who showed up, has purchased a book (in print or on Kindle) or checked one out from your local library. If you weren’t able to attend, you can watch the recording and make a Hexagonal Hat!
A couple of fun facts:
I’d love to see your creations – if you’re on Instagram, tag me #helenhiebert, #theartofpapercraft. You can also post your renditions of the projects in my free facebook group, The Paper Studio.
I had the recent pleasure of interviewing Kelli Anderson on Paper Talk. Kelli is a designer and paper engineer whose work operates in the space between conceptual art, graphic design, and tech. Her whimsical books have featured a working paper planetarium, a pop-up pinhole camera, and a paper record player. Whenever she can, she uses humble, lo-fi materials to expose the invisible magic of the world and make abstract concepts real and tangible. Enjoy our conversation!
Wowza! Most of you know that I have a thing for Paper + Light. Japan-based artist Ayumi Shibata designs intricate landscapes using layers upon layers of white paper. Some of her sculptures are miniature, whereas others are immersive installations, and all are brought to life with the play of light and shadow, which create “movement” throughout her pieces.
I’m going to start featuring one-sheet wonders here on the blog, since the projects in my book fall into that category. Please fill out this form if you have a one-sheet wonder to share!
Here’s one by Joel Stern. Envision this: stretching the model causes the eyes to blink and the mouth to open and close! Stern offers origami workshops for all ages, has published several books of original origami models, and exhibits his work internationally. He also coordinates a monthly origami workshop, Pacific Ocean Paperfolders (POP), and I’ll be folding with them on May 1st.
If you are in Berkeley, CA this spring, check out the exhibition Engineered with Paper: Architectural Pop-Up Books. A display of pop-up books focused on the built (and sometimes imagined) environment. Traditionally bound to two-dimensional architectural representations, paper engineers construct three dimensional forms that emerge from within the book and allow the viewer to move around and through buildings, viewing plans and elevations — often simultaneously.
This month is all about paper weaving, as I weave along with my amazing Weave through Winter course participants. Here are a few weavings I did this past week.
|Featured this week in my Studio shop:
The Art of Papercraft, The Papermaker’s Studio Guide, a film you can download, the Red Cliff Paper Retreat, and Papermaking with Garden Plants (now available on Kindle).
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Congratulation on The Art of Papercraft coming out, Helen. Really enjoyed watching the video party. Sorry, I could make the live event. Best wishes, Shelly
Thank you for catching the replay, Shelly!