Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

The Sunday Paper #442

January 8, 2023

I’ve had a whirlwind first week of the year, how about you? I have so many fun things to share with you this week!

January is when I open annual enrollment for The Paper Year, my yearlong online program (deadline to join is 1/15/23) and Weave Through Winter, my month-long online class (registration deadline is 2/1/23). Thank you to those of you who have signed up! If you’re interested in either class, please click on the images below to read more, watch the videos and register.

It is exciting to offer these programs to a growing number of international participants; we are developing a wonderful paper community; and I learn so much!



Paula B. Krieg and Susan Joy Share are teaching a dynamic 10-week online course, Zhen Xian Bao in Depth, through San Diego Book Arts (SDBA). It explores many variations of this traditional Chinese folk art whose inner workings are made of collapsible paper boxes that reveal layer upon layer of hidden compartments. The format is ideal for storing treasured items or becoming an artwork on its own. Classes will address historical and contemporary applications of this versatile art practice. Sessions begin in February and run through early April 2023 on Wednesday afternoons, 2:30PM-5PM Pacific Time. SDBA offers a substantial discount to members who register before February 2, 2023. Click here for more information and to register.

This is a sponsored post: Paula B. Krieg and Susan Joy Share have been exploring book arts and teaching together for over 30 years. Their joint ventures include NY Center for Book Arts, Penland School of Craft, Franklin Furnace, the Metropolitan Museum and the NY Historical Society. They are thrilled to be teaching this 10-week class with San Diego Book Arts.


I had the pleasure of interviewing Simon Arizpe on Paper Talk, an award winning pop-up book designer, paper engineer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. His work received the 2018-2019 Meggendorfer Prize, the highest honor in pop-up book design, as well as the Award of Excellence from the Society of Illustrators. A graduate of The Pratt Institute, Arizpe worked for over 10 years as the senior paper engineer at several of the top pop-up book studios in the world before opening his own pop-up book studio in 2014.


These paper mushroom sculptures by Ann Wood are so realistic! I love that she is an avid gardener and “grows models of what she creates in paper during the summer.”

© Ann Wood, as seen on My Modern Met. ———————————————————————————————–––––––

The International Kite Festival is taking place in Ahmedabad, India this week, based on the G20 theme of ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’. Wouldn’t it be fun to be there! Read the captions underneath each photo at the link to learn so much more about kite making in India. Some of the kites are made with paper.

Kite makers in Gujarat are busy ahead of the festival. Here’s a picture from a kite-making workshop in Kalupur, Ahmedabad, ahead of the Uttarayan, the International Kite Festival. (Express Photo: Nirmal Harindran)

Check out this unique accordion book created by Peter and Donna Thomas (the covers are a real accordion)!


Paper Tidbits

  • Did you take a peek at Helen’s 100 Papery Picks (last week’s blog post), featuring  tools, tutorials, innovative paper artists and more?
  • I’ve started a daily practice on Instagram. I’m posting a photo, along with a few thoughts, about a sheet of paper in my archive. And while I’m at it, I’m organizing the my physical paper collection.
  • 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!


In the Studio

When I had an intern here in November, we shot a bunch of video footage about various aspects of the papermaking process. I’m excited to share the first in a series of Papermaking videos: The Deckle Box. I hope you’ll check it out (this one is 5 minutes). You can also subscribe to my Youtube channel and look for upcoming videos on topics ranging from beater maintenance and keeping the studio dry to production papermaking tips and the restraint drying system. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think!


Featured in my Studio Shop this week: The Papermaker’s Companion + a framed copy of The Way It Is (returned to the studio and needs a new home).


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