Four Years of The Sunday Paper!

Four Years of The Sunday Paper!

The Sunday Paper #209

May 20, 2018

Paper of the Week: The Sunday Paper

HaPpy BiRtHdAy to The Sunday Paper which is 4 years old today! I have so enjoyed sharing papery information with you every week for the past four years, and I look forward to doing so for many years to come! The Sunday Paper is a resource for ideas and inspiration, all having to do with this amazing material. Each Sunday brings you stories and examples of people doing exciting, innovative, and beautiful things with paper, as well as links to interesting paperfacts from around the globe.
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In the Studio:

I am in the process of revamping my website, and I wanted to share a new section with you. The Paper Shop features studio samples, papers and more. Take a peek!

Papery Tidbits

  • I’m teaching my Paper Illuminated Online Class this summer! Click here to be notified when registration opens June 1st. Class begins in mid-July!
  • Join me at Idyllwild Arts during the week of July 4th. Find out more about The Potential of Paper and Paper Sculpture.
  • Visit The Paper Shop, my new online store.


Everything is finally in bloom here at 7,000 feet. Tanya shared her lovely paper flowers (created from dictionary pages) over in Club Paper this week. They look so nice in the varying sizes. I found these instructions for making them.

Talk about a pastime. Butch Baker began making a paper chain in 1979, and it is now more than 23-miles long and takes up a corner of the living room of his home.

© Robert Willett for the News Observer, NC

Olli Johnson is making these “kinetic dioramas” that are animated by the turn of a crank and made of layers of cut paper and paper sculptures. Click through the images to get the videos to start playing. They’re the coolest, and they are on view at Workhorse Coffee Bar in St. Paul, MN through May.

This is a great article about the Paper Studio at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. This quote sums up professor Michelle Samour’s teaching practice nicely: Paper is a transformative material,” said Samour, now in her thirty-fourth year guiding SMFA students through the traditions, techniques, craftsmanship, and artistry of hand-made paper. “There is so much problem-solving involved in working with it—and there are so many different ways to use it to create work that pushes its traditions.”

Professor of the Practice Michelle Samour helps Anela Oh, A19, to transfer her handmade paper to a drying area. “Paper is a transformative material,” said Samour. Photo: Anna Miller

I was just checking out the auction items over at the Hand Papermaking online auction, which ends today. There are some great below market value gift certificates and studio experiences that haven’t been bid on (Pyramid Atlantic, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Minnesota Center for Book Arts) (Florida, Rome, Philadelphia, Minneapolis). Click on items for sale to view everything that’s available. How about a papercation?!


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  1. Helen, thanks for introducing me to Olli Johnson and these wonderful “kinetic dioramas.”

  2. June Tyler says:

    Congratulations, Helen on your successful, informative and wonderful Sunday Paper blog’s 4th birthday! I look forward to it every week as I’m sure many other paper lovers do. I hope there are many more years of the Sunday Paper to come. It has been very inspirational seeing all that is being done in/with paper in the states and around the world. Keep up the great work!