Hanji, Outsider Art & Thai Marbles

The Sunday Paper #159, May 20, 2017

Paper of the Week: Thai Marbled Paper

6. Marbled Star
I love these Thai marbled papers that are imported by GPC Papers (click the link to find a retailer that carries this paper near you. It comes in a variety of colors)These papers are machine made from kozo and bamboo pulp and are hand-marbled. If you have the 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, this is the May project! I’d love to see a photo of your May Flower in situ!

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Congratulations to raffle winner Melinda Collins Knick of Tucson. Her pack of papers and calendar are in the mail. Thanks to all who participated and stay tuned for the next raffle!

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In the Studio:
I was super jazzed this week to figure out how to make an “embroidery hoop” for paper. I’m stitching the colophons for my artist’s book Nebulae, and after completing one without any sort of hoop/frame, I had to find a better way. This simple foam core frame holds the paper taut and makes the stitching so much easier. It is still quite a labor of love, and my fingers are thankful that there are only 5 copies to make! I made a video about Nebulae if you want to see the entire book.

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Aimee Lee is an expert on Korean papermaking! Here’s a great review of a group exhibition she is participating in during the month of May at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington to mark Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month.

Artist Aimee Lee stirs the sheet, a critical skill in Hanji making that takes years of practice. Stirring determines the thickness and texture of Hanji. (Photo courtesy Aimee Lee)

Artist Aimee Lee stirs the sheet, a critical skill in Hanji making that takes years of practice. Stirring determines the thickness and texture of Hanji. (Photo courtesy Aimee Lee)


I’m going gaga over these amazing drawings by Nicole Appel! The story behind them and the Land Studio & Gallery in Brooklyn where Nicole works is fascinating as well.
Nicole Appel, "Vintage tools," 2013, pencil on paper

Nicole Appel, “Vintage tools,” 2013, pencil on paper


Who knew? Anthony Caro made a series of works with paper after visiting Japan in the 1990 and being introduced to Washi. Here’s a short review of the show: Caro: Paper Like Steel at the New Art Centre in Salisbury, England.
Anthony Caro, ‘Paper Sculpture No. 5 Black Bird’, 1993 Barford Sculptures, courtesy New Art Centre

Anthony Caro, ‘Paper Sculpture No. 5 Black Bird’, 1993 Barford Sculptures, courtesy New Art Centre


Oh my gosh, this must have been a really fun event! Origami birds worth thousands of pounds were folded and set free across 14 shopping centers around the country (of England). All of this to delight customers, which I’m sure it did!
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Do you like origami and legos? Troxes are triangular, interlocking building bricks that were designed at the MIT Media Lab as a medium for geometric play beyond the boxes and right angles that are so common in most building toys. These are quite popular on Kickstarter right now. Grab a set while you can!

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