Handmade Holiday Online Class

Handmade Holiday Online Class

The Sunday Paper #330

September 20, 2020

Papermaker of the Week: Tony Carlone

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© Tony Carlone | Songbird Bluebird | Silkscreen with hand coloring on deckle box formed handmade kozo, pigmented kozo and denim paper | 48” x 72” | 2017

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.

In the Studio: Handmade Holiday Series

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.


Papery Tidbits:

  • Textile Talks features The Potential of Paper: Fiber Artists, Papermakers & Sculptural Form, A Conversation with Mary Hark, Jocelyn Chateauvert and Fafnir Adamites. Presented by Surface Design Association, Weds, September 23rd at 2pm Eastern.
  • Fold a paper lotus and participate in the Rubin Museum’s The Lotus Effect project
  • Have you listened to my interview with Eugenie Barron on Paper Talk?
When Tim Ely started making books in the 1970s, there was no clear roadmap for what he wanted to make. Doug Garnett and Sam Q. Garnett have created a short documentary about his work and many of the processes he uses. This short film is delightful. I felt like I learned so much about the philosophy behind Tim’s work by listening to him talk, accompanied by wonderful music and insights from students, and watching the visuals. Enjoy!

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.

Photo: Stephanie Mei-Ling, New York Magazine

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.


Featured this week in my Studio shop:

Right Angle, Try It: Woven Paper Lantern Online Class, Playing With Pop Ups, and Papermaking With Garden Plants & Common Weeds.


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  1. Shelly DeChantal says:

    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.


  2. Pat DeGeorge says:

    Mattie O’s show is fantastic. I LOVED every piece.