Jocelyn Chateauvert on Paper Talk

Jocelyn Chateauvert on Paper Talk

The Sunday Paper #271
August 4, 2019

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In The Studio: Jocelyn Chateauvert on Paper Talk

Jocelyn Chateauvert making paper at the 2014 IAPMA Congress in Fabriano, Italy

Jocelyn Chateauvert is a paper artist in South Carolina who manipulates abaca and flax in astounding ways. She discovered hand papermaking while getting an MFA in metals and jewelry at the University of Iowa. We talk about how she started out combining paper and metal, two seemingly disparate materials. Jocelyn then tells me how her work has evolved from jewelry and body adornment, to sculpture, installation, and lighting, and how she has come up with a vocabulary for the more than 50 unique techniques she has developed for manipulating paper. Enjoy our conversation!


Papery Tidbits:

  • Would you be interested in a holiday gift-making online class? This would take place early this fall and would focus on simple paper projects that have been featured in past Twelve Months of Paper calendars. I’m contemplating this – e-mail me if you’re interested.
  • Join me on August 26th at 6pm for my lecture at Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), 735 West New York Street at the Herron School of Art & Design at 6pm in the Herron Auditorium. A selection of my artist’s books will also be exhibited in the library.


Here’s a neat paper infographic about six different California plant species, all with different adaptations to fire. Click through to watch all six of the plants burning. (I can’t find a credit for the artist, but hopefully they were credited in the original article, which appeared in the 2017 March issue of Wired Magazine.)

I’m excited to be going to Penland this fall! I’ll be a guest instructor for a week during Georgia Deal’s Paper & The Unique Print fall concentration workshop at Penland.

Georgia Deal, “Roses & Razorwire,” screenprint and gum transfer on handmade paper, 24 x 30 inches

I would love to stumble across this giant maze at Taipei’s main station. The 7,920 square-foot jungle maze, which was made with four tons of recycled corrugated paper, was built by the Environmental Protection Administration and the Taiwan Paper Industry Association to educate the public on recycling paper properly.

Matthew Shlian never ceases to amaze me in the ways that he transforms paper. I’m looking forward to interviewing him for an episode of Paper Talk this fall! Click through to read and see lots more on My Modern Met.
This is a wonderful story about Grant Maniér, who started tearing paper as a way to ease his anxieties. Over the years, he started turning his paper scraps (literally) into works of art, and he’s raised more than $250,000 from his artwork to benefit special needs camps, scholarships for students and therapy classes, and more.


MY NEW BOOK – I NEED YOU! I’m in the gathering phase for my next book about all kinds of objects you can create with a single sheet of paper. I envision a visual design element that runs through the book and features a gorgeous array of paper. Do you have a sheet or two to send me? I’m looking for samples of the following, and this list is by no means complete. I want to open people’s eyes to what they can do to a sheet of paper, followed by projects showing what they can do with a sheet of paper.

  • coated papers, such as persimmon, indigo, etc.
  • dyed papers like itajame, shibori, etc.
  • paste papers
  • marbling
  • simple printing techniques
  • rubber stamping/mark making
  • stenciling
  • dimensional techniques, like embossing, momigami, etc.
  • unusual techniques
  • handmade papers (this won’t be a book about how to make paper, but again, I’d like to show readers what is possible).


  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ samples (more or less)
  • Please label these on the back of each sheet with your name, e-mail address, and a brief but thorough description including the type of paper, the technique, etc.
  • Mail to: Helen Hiebert, 113 Mill Loft St. Unit C213, Edwards, CO 81632

I will credit you in the book and will be eternally grateful for your contribution. Thank you!


Featured this week in my Studio shop:
Playing With Pop-Ups, my films about paper, a paper weaving LandEscape, an artist’s book.


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