Liberty Paper

Liberty Paper

The Sunday Paper #179, October 15, 2017

Paper of the Week: Liberty Paper

Handmade paper inspired by boro patchwork, abaca, wax resist, indigo, and black walnut

Liberty Paper is the culmination of Claudia Lee’s dream to have some land in middle Tennessee and build a paper studio that would be both a working and teaching facility. Now in it’s 15th year, students and artists come from all over the country to take custom designed classes or to work on independent projects with the staff acting as technical support. Owner, Claudia Lee and studio assistant, Matthew English also travel each year to conduct workshops for groups and schools. If you’re in middle Tennessee during the last weekend in October, Liberty Paper (and many other studios) will be open during the Off The Beaten Path Studio Tour!


In the Studio:

In the spirit of the upcoming Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, I’d like to share a tutorial with you that I’m fond of. These window stars are made from translucent kite paper. You can find written instructions (and where to get the colored wax paper) in this blog post and/or watch my video tutorial.Papery Tidbits


This is such a wonderful documentation of Jennifer Collier’s work. I love her sentiments about materials and experimentation. Have a look! Special thanks to a blog reader for sharing this with me.

Did you catch the origami unicorns in the old and new Bladerunner? Here’s a tutorial for folding your own. I like how the writer recommends buying several pieces of paper, for practice runs (i.e. origami ain’t that easy).

From Creative Boom: “Vera van Wolferen has made a name for herself in the paper art community. Her latest series, Plant Life, features two new paper sculptures made especially for the windows of Livraria Lello, one of the world’s most beautiful and oldest bookshops, in Porto, Portugal. A wonderful art nouveau building, it’s where J.K. Rowling was inspired to write Harry Potter, and where tourists queue up daily for their chance to visit.” Beautiful paper sculptures and beautiful photography!

I love this story about Kelsey Pike, founder of the Cherry Pit Collective in Kansas City. She came up with a creative solution when she came to the realization that she wouldn’t be able to continue her craft — papermaking — after graduation, without the tools and space to do it on her own.

I’m not sure I completely understand this flexible energy storage device (battery), but it sounds pretty cool: metallized paper for foldable supercapacitors.


About our Sponsor: Claudia Lee is an artist, designer, consultant, author, and instructor working in handmade paper. She is a two-time recipient of a Master’s Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and was chosen to design and create the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards. Her work can be seen in over 30 books and is the cover story in the 2017 summer issue of Bound & Lettered magazine. 


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1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the wonderful links. I will be in Portugal next year so looking forward to visit the Livraria Lello in Porto.