Love in a Maze

Love in a Maze

 The Sunday Paper #92

Paper of the Week: Origami Paper


I’m guessing that you’ve heard about (or perhaps even participated in) the adult coloring book craze. Now it seems that origami might take its place (or join in). I’ve dabbled in origami over the years and love to discover printed origami papers (I found the papers pictured here in a shop in Korea a few years ago with two full aisles dedicated to printed origami papers in a variety of sizes). I know there are folders who use all sorts of other papers for origami too.

What papers have you used for origami, and I wonder if there are any artists out there who have done origami with shaped papers?


In the Studio:

Love in a Maze

Speaking of origami and shaped papers, I used the turkish map fold for my recent watermarked print called Love in a Maze. This is part of my new book Vertices, which will be on view at the University of Washington later this spring.


Get your wig on! These paper wigs by Asya Kozina are fantastic, as are the photos of the subjects wearing them.


Since we’re on the topic of origami today, check out Aljoud Lootah’s Oru furniture collection, which started out as tiny paper models. 


My friend Mindell Dubansky has a new book out about Blooks (objects that look like books) out! Her exhibition at the Grolier Club in NYC and is receiving lots of press this week: The New York Times, In the Papers, and The Guardian to name a few. Mindy was on the board of Dieu Donné Papermill when I worked there in the early 90’s. She worked (and still works) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and led a fantastic tour for our members through the museum showing off artifacts made with paper. I remember seeing a papyrus plant growing in the museum and a suit of armor made from paper. I’m going to order a copy of her book now, and you can too, right here.

A lunchbox that looks like a book titled Noonday Exercise – circa 1875 – is among the ‘blooks’ on display at the Grolier Club this month in Manhattan. Photograph: Mindell Dubansky/The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A lunchbox that looks like a book titled Noonday Exercise – circa 1875 – is among the ‘blooks’ on display at the Grolier Club this month in Manhattan. Photograph: Mindell Dubansky/The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I received a copy of Ioana Stoian’s new(ish) book The Origami Garden recently. I may start writing book reviews, so mark this as the first. I’ve always had trouble with following instructions for origami, often flipping through how-to books trying to fold something and then getting stumped at a certain step and moving on to another project that looks easier only to get stumped again!
I knew I liked this book right off the bat! The introduction includes a visual chart ranking the projects by skill level (1,2,3). And the book comes with 20 lovely patterned origami papers so that you can get started right away!

 I did! Check out my leaf. The photographs of each project in a setting are lovely too. Nice job Ioana!
Here’s a sweet little video about the papermaking process in China

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  1. Cheryl says:

    For origami, I have used magazine subscription cards that I water colored, for peace crane mobiles, my gelatin prints, and old sheet music for Christmas stars.

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