Flower Power

Flower Power

Matthew Wong, “Odyssey” (2017) ink on rice paper, 42 x 39 3/4 inches (©2021 Matthew Wong Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Photography: Alex Yudzon / Cheim & Read, New York)

The Sunday Paper #368

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there. And yay! Yesterday was Juneteenth – the anniversary of the end of slavery – is finally a U.S. federal holiday. And Happy Solstice – enjoy the longest day of the year.

June 20, 2021

I hope you’ll join me for my a Free Make-Along Zoom Session on June 30th – we’ll be making a Freedom Pop-Up Card. The project begins with a map fold that we’ll transform with repetition and cutting. Click here to register. You’ll receive a list of supplies when you register.

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Check out this review in Hyperallergic of the ink on paper works by Matthew Wong, on view now through September 11th, at Cheim & Read  in NYC. Gone too soon, Wong said about his work: Art is all-encompassing in my daily life. When I’m not working, I’m at the library doing research into the history of art, figuring out where I can fit into the greater dialogue between artists throughout time, or on the internet looking at art-related websites and engaging in dialogue on social media with artists and art-world figures around the world.

Matthew Wong, “Odyssey” (2017) ink on rice paper, 42 x 39 3/4 inches (©2021 Matthew Wong Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Photography: Alex Yudzon / Cheim & Read, New York)

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Research into letterlocking is popular now. Take a look at how the last letter of Mary Queen of Scots was folded, slit and “sealed” using a paper needle & thread. This requires a strong paper or parchment, like those papers made long ago.

A locked letter (Credit: Unlocking History Research Group)

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I’ve written about Paper For Water, the non-profit founded by two young girls who started folding origami to transform lives by bringing water and the Word to the thirsty. Pre-order a copy of their 10th anniversary book One Piece of Paper at a Time and continue to help fund their project.

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Here’s a replica of the Rose Bowl stadium made completely out of paper by @paperstadiums.

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Paper Tidbits:

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In the Studio:

I was excited to see my book, Alpha Beta…, featured on the Books on Books Blog this week. Each panel displays an alphabet letter cutout (based on a font created by Dard Hunter) casting a shadow against a second layer of handmade paper. The post also features a review of my 25th Anniversary Catalog (2016) as well as a nice synopsis of my Curated Paper Collection #2.

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Featured this week in my Studio shop:

Curated Paper Collection #2, Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds, Paper + Light Online Class, Playing With Paper

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