Greenwerk Paper Studio

Greenwerk Paper Studio

Kenneth Mariner, ‘House Diorama,’ cardboard and mixed media, 2019. Credit: Prison Creative Arts Project/Author provided

The Sunday Paper #328

September 6, 2020

Papermaker of the Week: Csenge Győrbíró & Lili Labus

This is a new column. If you’re a papermaker and would like to be featured in the coming weeks and months, please fill out this form. I’d love to hear from you!

Csenge Győrbíró and Lili Labus at Greenwerk Paper Studio. Three blue paper weavings by Lili, and two wall pieces by Csenge.

Greenwerk Paper Studio in Budapest focuses on an experimental design process. The studio produces paper from surplus material while creating eco-friendly products that are both aesthetically pleasing and practical. This is a place where an idea begins as a basic sketch and is converted into samples and working prototypes. In many cases the products are so skillfully transformed that their origins are not recognizable. The founders of the Studio are Csenge Győrbíró and Lili Labus, who are both textile designers and innovators who graduated from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary.

In the Studio:

I love it when inspiration strikes! I’ve had this dish drying rack in a box for 3+ years, finally opened it and thought about what I could use it for. Voila! The perfect studio tape rack. Do you have this much tape? Painter’s tape, artist’s tape, double-side tapes, washi tape, duct tape, strapping tape, and masking tape!


Papery Tidbits:

  • I’m putting together a month-long online Handmade Holiday Series that will begin in late October and wrap up prior to Thanksgiving. Join me and create a series of cards, holiday décor, ornaments and lanterns for friends and loved ones (or yourself). Click here to let me know you’re interested, and I’ll send you a coupon code when registration opens.
The Princeton Paper Crane Project honors the covid-19 victims of New Jersey and has also grown to support black lives matter. It sounds like it would be amazing to experience this exhibit IRL as the flow of air through the space creates currents that cause the 17,000 cranes to sway. This is moving in more ways than one.

The Arts Council of Princeton’s Taplin Gallery,.Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for

Wowza! Atamjeet Singh is known as the paper model guru, and I can see why! He says: “There is no room for mistakes in his 3D paper modeling, and every detail – like what kind of paper to use, the knife to cut and carve and even printing the designs – comes with lot of challenges.”

Paper artist Atamjeet Bawa with one of his creations in Amritsar. Tribune photo

Yu Tielin is a Chinese high school student who won Apple’s 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC20) Swift Student Challenge this year. She developed a design in which the players get to explore paper cutting!

This photo shows Yu Tielin’s app for teaching paper-cutting. Programming is her way to help promote Chinese traditional folk art during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many incarcerated people have spent years figuring out what to do with their time in isolation. Not the same, but a bit like how some of us are feeling during COVID-19. Some discover faith, others read and educate themselves, and then there are those who become artists. The University of Michigan hosts an Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners.

Kenneth Mariner, ‘House Diorama,’ cardboard and mixed media, 2019. Credit: Prison Creative Arts Project/Author provided

I’ve started something called The Paper Advisor that you might be interested in. It’s a place where you can discover my most popular papermaking and papercraft resources – including information about tools and supplies, how-to videos, and paper tips – all in one place! And best of all, it’s free!


Featured this week in my Studio shop:

A Map to Now broadside, The Papermaker’s Studio Guide DVD, Try It: Party Light Online Class & Playing With Paper.


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1 Comment

  1. Chuck Crockford says:

    Hi, Helen!
    When discussing your tape rack, you ask “Do you have this much tape?”
    My answer is, I don’t. When it comes to tape, I can tape it or leave it.
    (Okay, I admit that’s terrible, but it is a holiday weekend!)
    Best wishes–