Give the Gift of Water

Give the Gift of Water

The Sunday Paper #288
December 1, 2019

Paper of the Week: Mitsumata

Traveling is so much more fun when you have a guide. I’ve been lucky enough to meet people I know through paper every day so far in Japan. Highlights have been visiting a former retreat participant’s Japanese home, shopping at Itoya, a 12-story shop dedicated to paper, meeting up with some former Oregon College of Art & Craft associates, doing a podcast interview with Richard Flavin, an American who has lived in Japan for 50 years (episode coming up in the new year), and visiting Chie Honma’s home and studio in Tokyo. Above you see mitsumata fiber and paper in her studio (which used to be a guest room in her home). She trained with a living national treasure and has many beautiful old pieces of equipment.


In the Studio:

Did you see the $10 coupon code in my latest newsletter? Click through to read about the discounts I’m offering through Cyber Monday! You’ll find The Papermaker’s Package, The Paper Lover’s Package and The Paper Year… great gifts for paper lovers of all levels!


Papery Tidbits:


Paper For Water is an amazing non-profit organization – many of you helped me raise over $1000 last year to fund wells on the Smith Lake Reservation in New Mexico. Will you join me again and help Paper For Water raise $4500 this Giving Tuesday? Together we can provide a clean water system for one of the last 250 American families living without water on the Smith Lake Reservation. Make a donation today by clicking on the link, and watch this tearjerker video about the project by clicking on the image below.

If you’re in the New Haven area, check out the work of Jennifer Davies, which involves the literal casting of paper pulp into molds of tree bark and fungi, as she constructs pieces using a variety of materials including gauze, plastic bird netting, and handwoven nets.

If you’re near Wilmington, NC go see the Noguchi exhibit at the Cameron Art Museum. Ooh la la! They have some pieces I’ve never seen before. I used to go to the Isamu Noguchi Museum and Sculpture Garden in Long Island City frequently when I lived in NYC. Also a great place to visit!

Check out this cool paper cup with a foldable lid (now on kickstarter). The Unocup has a goal of eliminating the need for plastic lids! I hate to admit that I often forget to bring my reusable cup when I go out for coffee, and this would be a nice in between option.

Origami made the NY Times this week. This is a lovely photo essay of how the craft has evolved in the digital age.


Do you have a One Sheet Wonder? I need you (again)! I am curating a gallery section in my new book to show off the potential of paper (featuring artwork, graphic design, fashion design and other wonders created from one sheet of handmade or machine-made paper). Fill out this form if you have something to share, and feel free to pass it along to other paper artists (deadline: 1/15/20). Although I can’t promise that your image will make the cut (there are so many factors involved), I plan to start showing off your One-Sheet-Wonders on the blog, leading up to the book’s publication.

Featured this week in my Studio shop:
The Papermaker’s Package, the Woven Notecard, one of 12 projects in the 2020 Paper Year, The Paper Year, and Playing With Pop-Ups.
The Paper Year


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