The Sunday Paper #279
September 29, 2019

Paper of the Week:

This post got lots of attention over on facebook this week. I made this whispy thin and lusciously translucent flabaca (flax/abaca blend). We got a good laugh out of that name at the Red Cliff Paper Retreat, but then I was reminded that I had heard the word flabaca before (from another papermaker, of course). I intend to sell it in my winter online paper sale. I also made a custom order for a friend in Portland who sent me some lovely braided sweetgrass to be made into paper. There wasn’t enough to make pure sweetgrass paper, so guess what I mixed it into?


In the Studio:

Some moments are bittersweet. I finished collating all of the copies of my artist’s book Prism, so now I won’t be able to view all of the colors sitting out like this ever again. Watch my video about this book here. I’m so pleased that it is making its way out into the world, now in the special collections library at several institutions thanks to Vamp & Tramp Booksellers.


Papery Tidbits:


Watch paper artist and designer Peter Dahmen talk about how he created this holiday card for the Museum of Modern Art. I’m a huge fan of paper trees!

Join me in backing Matt Shlian’s latest project – it’s already fully funded, meaning everyone wants one of his books. You’ll get a monograph featuring his amazing work with paper. I talked with Matt recently and will be featuring him on Paper Talk in a few weeks.

Check this out! Awagami Factory in Tokushima, Japan has partnered with Moab Paper to offer Moenkopi Washi Bizan 300, a paper made from hemp and kozo fibers and coated for photography.

Luxury toilet paper? It’s pretty, but what do you think?

I enjoyed this article about Jacob Hashimoto’s new installation in a Chicago skyscraper. I saw his work last year in Dallas, and it was interesting to read how he comes up with the configuration of multiple pieces on the computer. In the end “the disks are strategically positioned to create the effect of a cloudlike, faceted mass. The kites appear to be undulating throughout the space by using varying lengths of string, and the graphics are printed on paper that is embedded into resin to create a stained glasslike disc that allows light to permeate.”


MY NEW BOOK – I NEED YOU! A big thank you to all who have sent recent submissions.
I’m in the gathering phase for my next book about all kinds of objects you can create with a single sheet of paper. I envision a visual design element that runs through the book and features a gorgeous array of paper. Do you have a sheet or two to send me? I’m looking for samples of the following, and this list is by no means complete. I want to open people’s eyes to what they can do to a sheet of paper (this is what I need samples of), followed by projects showing what they can do with a sheet of paper (I am curating the collection of projects).

  • coated papers, such as persimmon, indigo, etc.
  • dyed papers like itajame, shibori, etc.
  • paste papers
  • simple printing techniques
  • rubber stamping/mark making
  • stenciling
  • dimensional techniques, like embossing, momigami, etc.
  • unusual techniques
  • handmade papers (this won’t be a book about how to make paper, but again, I’d like to show readers what is possible).


  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ samples (more or less)
  • Please label these on the back of each sheet with your name, e-mail address, website (if relevant) and a brief but thorough description including the type of paper, the technique, etc.
  • Mail to: Helen Hiebert, 113 Mill Loft St. Unit C213, Edwards, CO 81632

Deadline: October 15, 2019
I will credit you in the book and will be eternally grateful for your contribution. Thank you!


Featured this week in my Studio shop:
Prism, an artist’s book, The Papermaker’s Studio Guide download, Mother Tree an installation, and Allison Roscoe’s strip book about her broken hip, created in my Flexible Book Structures online class (she broke her hip right after class began).


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