Italian Crepe Paper

Italian Crepe Paper

The Sunday Paper #123, September 4, 2016

Paper of the Week: Crepe Paper

I have to admit that I have somewhat of a negative association with crepe paper. For some reason, all I think of is streamers! But a few months ago I discovered this thick colored crepe paper in sheet form. I think the sculptural potential is pretty great! Below you see a few of my stretch tests, and I’m sure that you could do wonders with this material. It comes in 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheets (or larger) in all of the colors you see above. Check out Mulberry Papers & More (be sure to glance at  their HUGE selection of other decorative papers as well).


In the Studio:

Oops, I did it again! Since learning to use iMovie (I’m self taught and definitely am not pro) while working on my kickstarter campaign, I can’t stop! Here’s a video about my artist’s book Interluceo. I’d love your feedback if you care to leave a comment. By the way, if you don’t see the video below, click on the title of this blog post (Italian Crepe Paper) and you’ll be taken to the actual blog.

Papery Tidbits

  • The 12 Months of Paper Calendar is available on Kickstarter for 10 more days (support has been steady – thank you to everyone who has pledged). And check it out: I’m close to 100 backers! Will you be #100?! Reward #3 is the most popular: a calendar + the custom paper pack. Take a peek if you haven’t already.
  • Are you interested in on-line paper learning? I’m just about to get down to work planning my first on-line class, Paper Illuminated: Innovative Designs featuring Paper and Light, which will begin in early 2017. Thank you if you’ve already expressed interest – I’ve got you on a list. If you’d like a special notification when registration opens late this year, click here.
  • On the website tour this week: If you are interested in acquiring a copy of Interluceo, click here. You can view all of my artists’ books here.

This work by Jenn Hassin is powerful. Now on view now in Austin, this particular rolled paper piece represents the 22 veterans that take their own lives every day. 8,030 rolls (created from handmade paper made of military uniforms) make up A Battle Lost, one for every veteran suicide last year.

Detail of Jenn Hassin’s “A Battle Lost,” an installation created from handmade paper made of military uniforms.

Detail of Jenn Hassin’s A Battle Lost

Hey, here’s another paper calendar! Buyolympia has the sweetest calendars ever. Check out the variety of punch-out-and-assemble options at the link.
If you’re anywhere near Denver in mid-October, I highly recommend this workshop with Béatrice Coron at the Denver Botanic Garden. She’s a wizard when it comes to paper cutting, and she did the paper cut illustrations for Interluceo!
Artist Jane Ingram Allen recently completed a residency at Boston Harbor Islands National Park. The work hangs in front of a window where it can be viewed from inside and out. These are Peddock’s Island birds made with handmade paper from invasive plants, created with public participation by visitors to the island.
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This is a beautiful video capturing the story behind one of Epson’s printing papers.


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  1. Hello Helen,
    Beautiful work on Interluceo… I love how you explain your process.

  2. Helen, loved the paper calendar by Buyolympia. Still on holiday will talk later.

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