Japanese Paper

Japanese Paper

The Sunday Paper #206

March 25, 2018

Paper of the Week: Five Books about Japanese Paper

A brief trip to Japan in 1989 secured my desire to learn how to make paper. I haven’t returned (yet) but Japan will always hold a dear place in my heart. Here are some of the books on my shelf, and I do hope to return to Japan one day soon!


In the Studio: Club Paper!
I started a facebook group this week, and you’re invited! If you already follow me on FB, that’s my FB Page. Club Paper is my FB Group. This is a place to share what you’re working on, get encouragement when you need a little push, be inspired with new ideas, tips, tricks, books & supplies. Together we’re building a paper community, one sheet at a time! I hope you’ll join us!

Papery Tidbits:


Check out the Takeo Paper Show at Japan House Los Angeles. I’ve never heard of this paper show, but now it’s on my radar! It is Japan’s only paper industry show dedicated to the universe of paper, making a significant contribution to paper culture, highlighting innovation in the material and manipulation of paper.

Paper Flower / Haruka Misawa / Takeo Paper Show / photo by amana group

I missed the movie Paddington 2, but love that the storyline is based on the discovery of an old pop-up book! The paper engineering was done by David Hawcock (and this link takes you to a great blog called Best Pop-Up Books).

I just discovered the work of Hungarian artist Vera Molnar, who was among the first artists to explore and develop the strange new world of computer technology. Vera Molnar: Drawings 1949-1986 is on view at Senior & Shopmaker Gallery in New York until 12 May. The gallery is also showing a selection of her handmade paper works, created between 1949 and 1970. Let me know if you go see them; I couldn’t find any images of the handmade pieces online!

Image: Vera Molnar, courtesy of Senior & Shopmaker Gallery

This week over in Club Paper, I invited members to introduce themselves, and I found out about blog reader Leslie Edwards Humez’ piece Pulp Fiction. The paper dress is crafted from hundreds of reused coffee filters! You have to click on this link and scroll down to read the back story of this project and the lovely essay that relates to the piece!

Here is a series of folded paper in motion by Ekaterina Lukasheva, a Moscow-based paper artist that you don’t want to miss! Scoll down at the link to see the videos.


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  1. Helen,
    Thanks for the note on 3D pens. I have been looking forward to this.

  2. Susan Singer says:

    I really enjoy your blog and all the information you so generously share. I am learning so much about the world of paper making from you wonderful posts. Many thanks.