Happy Halloween + Dia de Los Muertos

Happy Halloween + Dia de Los Muertos

© Matthew Shlian, Fiilament, 8 1/4" x 8 1/4" x 1/2"

The Sunday Paper #386

October 31, 2021

My membership group, The Paper Year, has been exploring this Pop-Up Skull Lantern structure, designed by a guest artist, Shawn Sheehy. He created this pop-up skull lantern in simple colors, and it look amazing when illuminated, and I decided to turn mine into a day of the dead tribute with a patterned paper. Click on the image here to see what participants did with this – it’s fantastic! Happy Halloween, Day of the Dead + All Saints Day.

Skull Lanterns by Luise Gündel

The Paper Year opens for registration again in mid-December. Details about our kick-off event on December 15th are coming soon. You can click here to read more about The Paper Year and Hold Your Spot.


Here’s a great review of the show Movable Medley, curated by Alicia Bailey in conjunction with the Movable Book Society conference that was held in Denver earlier this month. The show is up through November 7th at the Art Student’s League in Denver.

Jan Dove, The Book of BonBons, 2015, book board, cotton, mylar, and paper, 13.25 x 11 x 13.25 inches. Image by Maggie Sava.


I noticed these DIY vases by Ecogami over on the All Things Paper blog this past week. They have patterns available for a small fee for all kinds of cool objects!

Flower Vases by Ecogami


I’m a big fan of the work of Matt Shlian, who produces affordable paper multiples in a series called Eight Emperors. This piece is created with 36 sheets of acid free / archival 80# cover; each cut and glued to carefully reveal a sweeping pattern of form. As light travels across its carved surface, texture and repetition is revealed.

© Matthew Shlian, Fiilament, 8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ x 1/2″


Did you know that the actor Tom Hanks owns 120 typewriters and tries to type on at least one a day?


Paper Tidbits:

  • Listen to my interview with Matt Shlian on Paper Talk.
  • World Origami Days is about half-way through. I’ve attended two sessions and enjoyed the projects immensely! I have a few more on my calendar. There’s one every evening (stateside) through November 11th, which is officially World Origami Day.


In the Studio:

I’m gearing up to build a giant paper lantern, based on the traditional chochin lanterns in Japan. Here’s my 1/4 scale model.


Featured this week in my Studio shop:

The Papermaker’s Companion, Playing With Paper, LandEscape, an artist’s book, and Water Paper Time, a film download.


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