Kaleidoscope Leaves

Kaleidoscope Leaves

A paper sculpture made from binding several folded circles into geometrical shapes by Bradford Hansen-Smith.

The Sunday Paper #242

January 13, 2019

Paper of the Week: Kaleidoscope Leaves

I was in Denver last week and stopped by Mulberry Paper & More’s warehouse. This is a unique online retail store that sells full sheets of paper, but if you don’t want (or need) a full sheet, you can get them in smaller sizes: 6″ x 6″, 8-1/2″ x 11″ and 12″ x 12″. So cool! This particular paper caught my eye. What would you make with it?

Traditional Italian Florentine papers inspired by the Renaissance period feature stunning colors, intricate designs and gold accents. The Kaleidoscope Leaves design displays a multicolored leaf design against a cream background.
• 80 GSM • Machine Made • Acid Free • Made in Italy • Fiber Content: Cellulose and Sulphite


In the Studio
I’m putting the finishing touches on the Weave Through Winter Online Class (this is your last chance to sign up). Click on the image below to watch a time lapse of one of the first weaving structures I’ll be showing, and it gets more complex from there!


I received a note from a reader, who introduced me to her lovely collage work. Maureen Maki creates paintings by collaging a variety of handmade papers from the extensive collection she’s complied over the years. I love how she collages around the edges of her canvases – click through to see this.

© Maureen Maki, Montecito Rebuild, 36″x48″

Want to work in paper (in Portland, OR)? The c3: Papermaking Residency was established in 2014 to engage artists with little or no experience in hand papermaking, and offer them an opportunity to learn the craft and stretch the limitations of what the medium can do. Provided with instruction and guidance via technical assistance from a professional papermaker/artist at Pulp & Deckle studio and exclusive 24/7 access to the studio, residents create and exhibit new work. Deadline is January 21st. I interviewed Jenn Woodward, proprietress of Pulp & Deckle on Paper Talk in 2017.

Jenn Woodward of Pulp & Deckle assists a resident artist

It is such a treat to gain insight into what an artist is thinking about while they work (I find that often it is hard to put into words). I really enjoyed reading this article about Branford Smith’s work with circles and students. “… the tendency is to … allow inspiration to cloud observation which can confuse the process,” he said. “When I retraced my steps I would find a point where I made a decision to make a circle do what I wanted it to do rather than observe what it was doing. I think about the world today and how that is our problem.”

A paper sculpture made from folded circles bound together by Bradford Hansen-Smith.

Rachel Hazell’s e-course BookLove starts tomorrow, and it isn’t too late to grab your spot. Grow your repertoire of techniques as BookLove unfolds over two full weeks and continue to make bookart throughout the year. Rachel Hazell’s twenty years of teaching experience and enthusiasm provides a wealth of exercises and instruction so you can dive in to fresh ideas and new ways of working.
Book before the 14th of January using the code NEWIDEAS and receive a 10% discount on the course price.

Here’s an interesting article about artwork on a cruise ship, and Peter Gentenaar‘s amazing paper sculptures are mentioned, plus they’re on the ship. Take a cruise with them!


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