Lanterns of Hope

Lanterns of Hope

© Calvin Nichols, as seen on Colossal

The Sunday Paper #448

February 19, 2023

The inaugural Tropic Bound Book Fair is taking place right now in Miami. I’m delighted to be represented by a couple of dealers who are there, since I am not. It is awesome to know that there is a growing interest in artist’s books. I’m so lucky to have friends who notice my books and send me photos. Here’s Prism at Lux Mentis Booksellers booth, and I know that you can see it as well as Intensio at 23 Sandy‘s booth. Best of luck to everyone at the show!


I had the pleasure of interviewing Andrew Dewar on Paper Talk. Dewar was born in Toronto in 1961, and has degrees in Journalism, Japanese Studies, and Library Science. He has lived in Japan since 1988.  Since completing his Ph.D. studies at Keio University in Tokyo, he has taught at several colleges, and for the past decade has  been principal of Tokai Daiichi Kindergarten as well as professor and Library Director at Tokai Gakuin University in Gifu, Japan. Soon after arriving in Japan, he rediscovered his childhood love of paper airplanes, and has been flying, designing, and publishing for more than three decades.  He also teaches papercraft at schools, community centers, and museums around the country.  He has more than 40 publications in English and Japanese. Enjoy our conversation!


Luther Childs Crowell was instrumental in the development of the square-bottom foldable paper bag. He was a prolific inventor, and one of his “improvements” was a machine to fold paper bags. The townspeople of Wellfleet, MA (where Crowell spent part of his life) recently gathered to fold paper bag lanterns. They were encouraged to talk about their wishes for a more peaceful world at the Lanterns of Hope event.


I’ve featured the work of Calvin Nicholls here on the blog before. He certainly has a way with paper! This piece makes me want to reach out and pet it.

© Calvin Nicholls, as seen on Colossal


This is a great story about a company in India that is providing sustainable employment to rural women. Itsy Bitsy is a scrapbooking company and the biggest consumer of handmade paper in the country.


Paper Tidbits

  • The Red Cliff Paper Retreat is an annual week-long event in my Colorado studio, August 21-25.
  • I’m co-jurying the North American Hand Papermaker’s 2023 exhibition, Sustainability in Chaos. Submit your work!
  • Some of you contributed roots to my sculpture Mother Tree, and many of you have seen her on view, first in Portland and then as she traveled around the country. She is now at the Museum of Motherhood (yes, a museum about motherhood exists) in St. Petersburg, FL. I met the founder of the museum, Joy Rose, all the way back in 2010, right after I finished Mother Tree, and we’ve been talking ever since. They intend to purchase her to remain on site, and you can help! Thanks to those of you who have donated – we’re getting close!


In the Studio

Here’s the next short but sweet video in my Papermaking Series: Soaking Felts.


Featured this week in my Studio shop:

The Art of Papercraft, Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds, Water Paper Time, a film download, and The Papermaker’s Companion.

The Art of Papercraft


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  1. Beverly Murphy says:

    What a fantastic and wonderful story the Itsy Bitsy founders have to tell! God bless them in their work. I am going to look for their products and support them via the web, if possible. Thank you for sharing their story. There is still some good in the world…. this is proof!

    • Helen Hiebert says:

      I’m glad that struck a chord with you, Beverly. Hooray for supporting paper businesses!