The Sunday Paper #425
August 14, 2022
I’ve been going through my flat files and organizing my papers (an annual tradition that is necessary, because as soon as I get them organized, the disorganization begins, sigh). I gathered up all of my handmade papers and was surprised to find a dozen unique papers that I’d love to ship out into the world. “Helen’s Handmades” includes a dozen sheets made by yours truly (with a nice discount). Click through to read a bit about each sheet and purchase a set while supplies last.
Wowza! North Carolina-based artist Anne Lemanski stretches vintage paper or patterns of scanned objects across a minimal metal form and stitches the edges together into a geometric patchwork. Click through to see more examples.
As the kiddos head back to school, I’m guessing there are a lot of us who have fond memories of shopping for school supplies (or perhaps being disappointed on the first day of school when comparing our own supplies to those of our peers). Here’s a round up five types of classic composition notebooks.
When dumped in landfills, paper is one of the worst contributors to greenhouse gasses. Two brothers in Kenya are saving old newspapers from that fate by turning them into pencils that feel like they’re made with real wood. Not only that, but they are donating many of their pencils to schools.
Join four internationally known instructors, Amanda Degender, Carol Burton, Helen Hiebert, and Denise Carbone for a workshop in various aspects of the paper arts. Their workshop, The Art of Paper, will be hosted by the International Center for the Arts in Italy from September 18 – October 2, 2022. The workshop will include sixteen hours of instruction in the following areas: hand papermaking, creating paper-based objects, sewn bookbindings and designing pop-ups.
- I’m teaching a virtual workshop on how to create a collapsible Japanese lantern that is similar to my installation at Anythink Wright Farms, but much smaller and suitable for your home, studio or office (perhaps even a gift).
- Papermaking gets passed down to the next generation at Paper Circle in Nelsonville, Ohio.
In the Studio:
I tend to stick to the papermaking fibers I know, but I try to branch out from time to time. When I order supplies, I’ll often order something I haven’t used before, or try a new fiber that is on the market. Hemp seems to be popping up everywhere these days, but raw hemp fiber requires tedious processing. I made a few sheets with hemp sheet pulp, purchased from Carriage House Paper. I beat it hard (at 2 on my Reina beater) for two hours and was pleased with the results. I was able to pull thin and thick sheets, and I air-dried a sample too. I’m curious to know whether anyone out there has achieved translucency with this particular sheet pulp (I know it is possible with raw hemp fiber).
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