It’s Here: 12 New Paper Projects!

It’s Here: 12 New Paper Projects!

The Sunday Paper #228

October 7, 2018

Paper of the Week: 2019 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

Hooray! The 2019 Twelve Months of Paper Calendars are ready to make their way out into the world. This is a combination how-to book and calendar all-in-one. Explore a variety of papers and techniques while creating unique gifts, cards and home décor. 12 months and 12 projects feature a list of materials and tools you’ll need to complete each project, plus step-by-step photos, templates and easy-to-follow instructions. Although this is a wall calendar, the how-to content is everlasting!
Click on over to place your orders! Early birds get a bonus gift while supplies last (see below)!

New this year:

  • 12 new projects featuring origami, pop-ups, paper cutting, weaving, quilling, and folding
  • 4 guest artists: Trinity Adams, Béatrice Coron, Ann Martin & Shawn Sheehy
  • Videos showing the most challenging part of each month’s project + an online resource list featuring all of the supplies in the calendar
  • $5 (or 20%) of each calendar sale will be donated to Paper For Water (I’ll release a podcast about this wonderful non-profit next Sunday)

And you get to choose one of these bonus gifts when you order by October 22:


In the Studio:

I’m spending the weekend at the Midwest Paper Fest in Green Lake, Wisconsin, which is underwritten by Mabel Grummer and Arnold Grummer’s LLC as an educational outreach to advance the art of handmade paper, and the work of individual paper artists in the Midwest and beyond. How cool is that?! I taught a 3-hour workshop on manipulating high shrinkage abaca.


Papery Tidbits


This is a heartwarming story about the Card Crusaders, who originally formed to help buy a bus for a senior center in Brentwood, TN. The volunteers create greeting cards and sell them to fund projects such as new upholstered chairs, a big screen television, repaving of the senior center’s parking lot and a new sound system. Each and every one of us can make a difference!

I’ve read about Tara Donovan’s work over the years and was thrilled to see it in person a couple of weeks ago at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. I’m looking forward to attending a lecture with her in November!

Transplanted (2001), made from tar paper, COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND PACE GALLERY

I love this arch by Nicole Donnelly: paper as public art! If you’re in the Philly area, hop on down (after October 20th) to the lawn between the American Swedish Historical Museum and the Boat House, where her art installation is going to create a short arching corridor and line of sight between the museum and the water. The 20-foot-long sculpture will utilize handmade paper, tree branches and leaves from invasive plant species, leaves and flowers from native plant species, and imagery depicting the Delaware watershed.

I wonder if handmade paper will ever become a common medium? Betsy Dollar, whose current exhibition “New Paper Works” is currently on view at the Chatham Area Public Library in Illinois.

Betsy Dollar’s paper art on display at the Chatham Area Public Library.Photos by Betsy Dollar

I enjoyed listening to Karen Kunc on the podcast Faculty 101 from the University of Nebraska. Karen talks about her work, her studio in Lincoln, NE (which includes a big papermaking studio), and likening art to science. Karen and I made a collaborative book together called LandEscape. Watch the video at the bottom of that page to get a glimpse into our collaboration.


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