Fusuma, Bojagi, Oh My!

Fusuma, Bojagi, Oh My!

The Sunday Paper #411

May 1, 2022

Happy May Day! I have a busy month ahead, how about you? My sister and niece are coming for a visit next week; the following week, I will be an artist-in-residence at Anythink Wright Farms in Denver constructing a new installation called Step Into the Light; and then I have a group of high schoolers coming to the studio to learn about papermaking and bookmaking. And there will be few celebrations too, including Mother’s Day and another trip around the sun for me.

These are some lantern designs I’m working on for a component of my upcoming installation. Can you envision how they fold up? I’ll unveil them soon.


Check out this amazing origami by Goran Konjevod. Each piece was folded from a sheet of paper infused with encaustic paint (so unique). Click through and then click on each image to see them in detail via a slide show.


Memphis artist, Dr. Brenda Caldwell has a unique method for spreading hope. She creates 3-dimensional canvas sculpture art using paper towels.


An inventor at 3M has come up with an alternative to bubble wrap. Check out Cushion Lock, which is made from paper.


I’m featuring one-sheet wonders here on the blog, since the projects in my new book, The Art of Papercraft, fall into that category. I’d love to feature your one-sheet wonders!

I’m creating a series of informational videos about the book. This Bojagi Curtain, designed by Steph Rue, is a twist on the traditional Korean form of patchwork. This video is one of a growing series of videos featuring the projects in the book.


This is a lovely video about the work of Sarah Brayer, who was recently commissioned to create new paper doors (Fusuma) for an old temple in Japan. I had the good fortune of visiting Sarah in her studio in Japan a few years ago and interviewed her on Paper Talk.


Paper Tidbits:

  • Have you listened to my interview with Cathryn Miller of Byopia Press on Paper Talk?
  • Celebrate this fall with an adventure in the fabrication and artistic use of paper in the fabulous Italian hill town of Monte Castello di Vibio, Umbria. At this retreat, we will explore the potential of paper as a basic material and a medium for creative pursuits. Four internationally-known instructors, Helen Hiebert (owner of Helen Hiebert Studio), Amanda Degener (co-founder of Cave Paper), Carol Barton (paper engineer and owner of Popular Kinetics Press), and Denise Carbone (University of the Arts, Philadelphia) will lead workshops in various aspects of the paper arts. We’ll take two day-long field trips to Fabriano and Florence too.


Out of the Studio:

When I was at the Codex Book Fair earlier this month, I had the chance to go to Magnolia Editions one evening, a print/paper and weaving facility that has been around for 40-ish years and is run by Don Farnsworth. The papermaking studio is well-equipped – check out the moulds and deckles (I’m not sure if this is storage or display, but I like how it looks). Don showed us his Black Lives Matter watermark, and told us about Evolon, which he uses for couching watermarks (if you’ve made watermarks, you know how tricky it can be to get them to release onto a substrate).


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1 Comment

  1. Ron Shaull says:

    Hi Helen,
    Will you be offering a curated paper collection #4?