The Sunday Paper #330
September 20, 2020
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As a hand papermaker with a printmaking background, Tony Carlone of Botanical Conversations Studio sees his work as an adventurous hybrid between a range of processes, chosen for their aesthetic value and contextual significance. Experimentation in the studio invigorates his artistic process. By using forms that echo themselves in the natural world, he explores the symbiotic relationship between humans and their environment. His artistic practice is about creating local plant-based art by using the natural environment as a source of inspiration, raw material, and the beginnings of a social conversation. When he not in his studio working on his own art, Tony is producing unique and one-of-a-kind blends of handmade paper for his online store.
My newest online class is now open for registration! Click here to watch the video, read all about it and register. Thanks so much to those of you who have signed up! The intention behind this class is to create small gifts – experience JOY in the making and JOY in the giving. I’ve counted more than ten occasions that might be worthy of a card or small gift between October and January 1st (think Halloween, Day of the Dead, Election Day, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Solstice, Festivus, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Day)!
I’ve received some inquiries about creating projects for all kinds of holidays and faith traditions in this class. How wonderful! I value your input and feedback, and I’m coming up with designs to help everyone celebrate. I also look forward to how you might alter my designs – once you understand a basic structure, you are welcome to make it your own. And that is one of the BEST part of an online class – seeing what others create – whether it is a card made in a different paper or a lantern that takes the design to another level. The online classroom is truly a place of inspiration.
Check out this video walk through of Mattie O’s installation, Held in Suspension, at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, CO. The show is up through October 25th and if you’re in the area, you can view it in person (check the hours due to covid restrictions). I’m pretty sure that Mattie got her start with handmade paper right here in Red Cliff, when she attended one of my first retreats.
A new fully integrated marketing campaign by McKinney Agency for Sherwin Williams paint stores celebrates a world made entirely of color chips. You’ll be seeing these on TV. Paper art by Matthew Sporzynski (look him up).
This was just shared in The Paper Studio (my facebook group) – thanks Akua. What a great read about Karina Sharif, who wants to tell Black women’s stories through her clothes.
If you’re in San Antonio, go see the Origami in the Garden exhibition at the San Antonio Sculpture Garden! I had the honor of visiting some of this work at Kevin and Jennifer Box’s home/studio outside of Santa Fe last summer.
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I highly recommend Mattie O’s show, “Held in Suspension”, at Foothills Art Center in Golden, CO. Her ababa paper body forms are transformed with many unusual textural accoutrements that delight the eye and and beg the viewer to look more closely. Following is a link to a video interview with her and the curator at Foothills. And, “yes”, she says she started her papermaking with Helen.
Yay, so glad you got to see it in person!
Mattie O’s show is fantastic. I LOVED every piece.