Look Inside

Look Inside

The Sunday Paper #277
September 15, 2019

Paper of the Week: Look Inside

Last weekend, I was a guest artist at Anything Wright Farms, a library in Denver, for their 10th Anniversary event, Sparkopolis. I set up my installation, Look Inside, between the bookshelves, creating an alley that visitors walked into. They were invited to ponder and write about the way they see themselves, to look inside. It was such a meaningful experience that I made a mini recording with my artist friend who attended the event with me. Take a look and a listen!



Out of the Studio:


Papery Tidbits:

  • At the time of publication, my annual Red Cliff Paper Retreat is in full swing. Intrigued? Read all about it here; the next retreat will be announced in December.
  • The Paper Year is coming soon!


I’m delighted to feature Madeleine Durham on Paper Talk! Listen to her amazing story about finding her way through paste painting and discovering her unique style.

Alicia Bailey of Abecedarian Gallery curates shows around various themes and artist’s books. I’m honored to be one of the artists in the current exhibition, Narrative Threads, at the Durango Arts Center. Here you see a series of my string drawings in abaca.

This book is interesting, although I hope the papermakers are safe! They are making paper for a book created with paper made out of rice straw grown on decontaminated fields near Fukushima.

Tomomi Hanzawa attended my retreat last year, and this beautiful video documents the work she made for a current exhibition (which I hope to see when I’m in Japan). It has beautiful imagery, music and words.

Check out this papel picado at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia where Mexican and Mexican-American artists invite you to break down walls with new interactive art.


MY NEW BOOK – I NEED YOU! A big thank you to all who have sent recent submissions. I’m a bit behind in photographing and sharing, but will do so soon!
I’m in the gathering phase for my next book about all kinds of objects you can create with a single sheet of paper. I envision a visual design element that runs through the book and features a gorgeous array of paper. Do you have a sheet or two to send me? I’m looking for samples of the following, and this list is by no means complete. I want to open people’s eyes to what they can do to a sheet of paper, followed by projects showing what they can do with a sheet of paper.

  • coated papers, such as persimmon, indigo, etc.
  • dyed papers like itajame, shibori, etc.
  • paste papers
  • marbling (I have enough of these)
  • simple printing techniques
  • rubber stamping/mark making
  • stenciling
  • dimensional techniques, like embossing, momigami, etc.
  • unusual techniques
  • handmade papers (this won’t be a book about how to make paper, but again, I’d like to show readers what is possible).


  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ samples (more or less)
  • Please label these on the back of each sheet with your name, e-mail address, website (if relevant) and a brief but thorough description including the type of paper, the technique, etc.
  • Mail to: Helen Hiebert, 113 Mill Loft St. Unit C213, Edwards, CO 81632

Deadline: October 15, 2019
I will credit you in the book and will be eternally grateful for your contribution. Thank you!


Featured this week in my Studio shop:
Vertices, an artist’s book, Water Paper Time download, Alpha, Beta, …, an artist’s book, my Woven Paper Lantern online class.


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