Lighting the Way

Lighting the Way

The Sunday Paper #454

April 2, 2023

To those of you who love my translucent abaca, I have some available. Scroll down to the Shop section below. 

The Paper Year opens for registration four times a year, and this is one of those times. You can join our paper-loving community now through April 8th. This next quarter (April – June) we’ll be creating tunnel books, exploring a reverse-piano hinge album and making waterfall cards with guest artist Marianne Petit. We also have a quarterly surface design workshop in April – we’ll try our hands at collage with Melanie Mowinski, author of the book Collage Your Life. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about The Paper Year, and welcome to our new members!

The Paper Year

Scroll down to read about the FREE Zoom I hosted on Thursday and find the tutorial.


I had a lovely conversation with Margaret Rhein on Paper Talk. Rhein has been involved full time in the art & craft of making paper by hand at her studio, Terrapin Paper Mill in Cincinnati, Ohio for the past 47 years; has exhibited her paper collages in galleries and craft shows throughout the country; and has taught many workshops in papermaking and book arts to adults and children. Over the years, she has made thousands of sheets of handmade paper, experimenting with a variety of fibers, shapes, colors and textures in 2- and 3-dimensional approaches, working spontaneously using colored cotton & linen pulps and combining patterned fabrics of various textures with other collage elements on the paper surface. Enjoy our conversation!


I’m extremely fond of the work of Isamu Noguchi, and this auction took place last week (did anyone attend)? His lantern-forms are timeless, and there are a couple of illuminating essays about his work at the link.


I was delighted to learn about the work of Joanna Keane Lopez over on The Jealous Curator (special thanks to a blog reader). Her billowing cloud-like sculptures made with paper and wire and colored with botanical dyes “capture the hues of the landscape”.


Many of us make paper from flax fiber. This video has nothing to do with paper, but it shows the process of making linen from flax, which is amazing!


Paper Tidbits

  • I’m going to be in NYC April 10-17 with a childhood girlfriend for a vacation. Please let me know if there are any must-sees (preferably related to paper).
  • Andrew Huot’s Big River Bindery has moved from Atlanta to Toronto. Check out his upcoming workshop offerings.
  • My Red Cliff Paper Retreat will take place August 21-25, 2023. Come explore a variety of papers that can be made by hand, cut, folded, stitched and assembled in a variety of ways to create books, wall hangings, sculpture, lighting and more.


In the Studio: 

We had fun making faceted map rings on Thursday, and I forgot to share this quote with participants: True navigation begins in the human heart. It’s the most important map of all. – ELIZABETH KAPU’UWAILANI 

Here’s the link to the replay on YouTube. The sample pictured was created by Marci Easterbrook during the zoom session. I love how the skeleton diagram looks folded up into this form!

On the topic of maps, it has been lovely to open the envelopes and see all of the map strips you’ve sent in for my Weaving the World Together project. Your notes and heart felt visions for our world are touching. I am still collecting strips through 4/15 – find the details here.


Papermaking Series: Laminating

Here’s the latest in my series of papermaking videos.


Featured in my Studio shop:

The Art of Papercraft, Papermaking with Sets of 5 sheets of Translucent Abaca, the Red Cliff Paper Retreat, and The Papermaker’s Companion.

The Art of Papercraft


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