Happy Solstice!

Happy Solstice!

25 Days of Paper – Day 21

December 21, 2017
On this shortest day of the year, I’d like to share a few paper lights with you.

HiiH Lights makes custom handmade paper lights in Astoria, Oregon. Be sure to browse all of their offerings! You can see them in many shop windows and restaurants in Portland and along the Oregon coast.

Hari & Deepti’s work is a pandora’s box full of stories and imagination that they bring to life through their intricate paper cut light boxes.

Isamu Noguchi is the grandfather of contemporary lighting design. Noguchi began the Akari series in 1951 during a visit to Gifu, Japan when he was inspired by the lanterns used in night fishing on the Nagara River. He went on to design more than 100 lights, which have manufactured by the Ozeki Company ever since. If you are ever in NYC, I highly recommend visiting the Isamu Museum & Sculpture Garden in Long Island City, which is located in Noguchi’s old studio.

Please feel free to share your favorite paper lights and artists who work with paper and light by leaving a comment below!


We’re making a Candelabra Card (or a menorah) in the Twelve Months of Paper Online Class today. It’s not too late to join the class, which runs through December 23rd (a recent sign up was someone’s husband – she’s giving him the class (+ the cal/ppk as a gift). You’ll have access to the video tutorials throughout 2018, so you can make at your own pace! Find out more about the class and the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.


About the 25 Days of Paper 2017: I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. If you’d like more info about the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar or the online class, click here. Receive these blog updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season!
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  1. Ann Martin says:

    Happy Solstice, Helen! I enjoyed seeing these examples of paper lighting.
    Aster + Quail (http://www.asterandquail.com/) in NYC makes centerpiece event lighting and folded paper pendants for homes, restaurants, and shops.

  2. June Tyler says:

    Thanks for sharing this information and photos – I shared them on my facebook site too as the lighting is perfect timing for winter solstice!
    I have some sculptural handmade paper lamps I’ve made on my web-site along with info on the workshop I offer in the late summer/fall for making them. As the workshop time period gets closer, i think I will run another ad with you like I did last summer.
    I love your blog and other posts!
    All the best to you, Helen in the New Year 2018!

    • Helen says:

      Thank you, JUNE! I’m sorry you didn’t pop into mind for this post… you know how it goes. I was working on it last minute! Happy Holidays to you!!

  3. I’m a professional sculptor and stretch my own boundaries by reaching outside of my usual and customary medium. My Shoji Lights Collection uses simple materials: recycled papers, bamboo or beach-washed wood and light.
    See samples here:
    Thank you for your inspiration, Helen.

  4. Helen says:

    Just beautiful, Leslie! Sorry you didn’t pop to mind… I will have to post again to let readers know to read the comments and do another post about paper lights! All the best to you.

  5. Judy Funk says:

    The datura blossom lamp from HiiH Lights are exquisite. Thank you for the wonderful offerings!

  6. Happiest New Year dear Helen- thanks for the nod…