I love all sorts of paper techniques, from surface design to cutting, folding and the myriad forms of manipulation. Here’s an old technique that I’m calling a Paper Slinky. I think I first saw it in Pauline Johnson’s book Creating with Paper. Two variations are also included in my own book Playing with Paper. How have you used this technique?
I mention a few resources in the video tutorial:
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In the Studio:
After being gone for two weeks, I’ve been catching up and packing kits to ship out to the participants in my Paper Illuminated online class. So instead of a studio photo, I’ll share this image with you from the current issue of Dwell magazine, which I picked up at the San Diego airport. What are the chances that I would pick up a magazine with paper shoes in it?!
For those of you in the Pacific Northwest, here are two workshops that are taking place next weekend that are not to miss!
Check out these miniature folded paper pieces by Oorjitha Dogiparthi, a self-taught origami, paper artist from Chennai. Most of her paper subjects relate to her area of study: food chemistry and food processing,
Raymond Boudet, stationed in Hawaii with the Navy during World War II, sent this coconut to his wife in Springfield, Mass. He wired a postage tag to it and carved a love letter into the hard exterior of the fruit. Boudet’s wife Marie donated the coconut to the National Postal Museum in 1995. (Image courtesy National Postal Museum)
How did the paper bag come to be? Here’s an interesting story from Smithsonian Magazine about Margaret Knight, who came up with a replacement for folding paper bags by hand—the inefficient and error-prone task she was charged with. Not only did Knight file for a patent, she rigorously defended her ownership of the bag machine idea in a legal battle with a fraud who had copied her, and this all took place in the late 1800’s!
Patent model for paper bag machine (National Museum of American History)
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