Manipulated Paper

Manipulated Paper

The Sunday Paper #214

June 24, 2018

Paper of the Week: Manipulated Paper Book Round-Up

Paper has been manipulated for ages (think origami) and there are a surprising number of techniques that artists and craftspeople have employed to coerce paper into incredible shapes and forms. And paper is the real hero here, because of it’s amazing properties. Here’s a unique selection of books that focus on some of those ways to manipulate paper.


In the Studio:

My husband, our dog Halo and I are driving to Chicago as you read this. We’ll be there for a week to pick up our kiddos, visit my in-laws, and I’ll be doing a couple of podcast interviews. I’ll fly from Chicago to San Diego for a week of teaching at Idyllwild. Follow my antics on facebook or instagram (I’m especially looking forward to experiments with konnyaku, lime and gelatin – stay tuned). But I digress… leaving the studio for two weeks means I have to use up pulp! I’ve been making more bubble papers so that I’ll have a nice selection for my online paper sale in August.

Papery Tidbits

  • Watch the replay of my live webinar: I gave an overview of my 6-week online class Paper Illuminated (which begins July 25).
  • Did you know that I made paper on Sesame Street back in the day? The video has a catchy jingle.
  • Listen to Tom Leech’s story about reincarnated paper on Paper Talk.
  • I’m looking for images of projects that you’ve created from the 2017 or 2018 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar to use to promote the 2019 calendar (and maybe even publish in the new calendar). If you have photos, please send them to me at Thank you!


I adore Trish Witkowski’s 60-Second Super Cool Fold of the Week videos (yes, she does one every week) and this one is amazing! The graphic design is coordinated with a series of diagonal folds that turns a simple rectangle into a really clever piece.

Book artists! This looks like a fantastic residency. The Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program funds a working residency for one artist each academic year at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts (note: you have to spend just a minimum of 30 days on site and there is a generous stipend). Artists working in the book arts (and other media, as long as the creative project can be thought of as book arts related) are encouraged to apply. Poet and artist Helen M. Salzberg established the Salzberg AIR Program in 2011 to encourage artists from all over the world to come to JCBA to be inspired and to inspire. I’ve been to the Jaffe Center and they have an amazing paper facility (in addition to all of the other studios). Check it out!

Former resident Dorothy Krause with Jaffe Center namesake Arthur Jaffe, looking at the proposal that landed her the residency.

I hope I’m not being too dishonest here, but I had to show you guys this ultra-clever pressing technique. Note how the jack is pressing against the bottom of the truck (the perfect clearance) and there is about 500 lbs of man power sitting in the truck bed (hey, I know one of those women)! The dishonest piece is that I’m supposed to buy the photo to use it, so I cropped it. Take a peek at the original image. The description of paper being magic is pretty spot on!
My friend and paper artist Béatrice Coron created the cover art for the new Dave Matthews Band album, Come Tomorrow. How cool is that?!Need a job? Want to live in NYC? Dieu Donné Papermill (where I got my start in this biz) is looking for an executive director. Check it out!


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  1. Sally Padley says:

    I love your Sunday Paper, Helen. And I wanted to comment that years ago, I used a jack under my car to press wet paper. It worked beautifully, and is a good option for people who don’t have a good press or availability of paper mill equipment nearby.

  2. Daria Wilber says:

    Love the bubbles! Love the entire issue! Safe travels. Daria

  3. Fritzi Huber says:

    I used to use the ‘car press’ all of the time when working with young students. They loved getting in the car, or truck, before the pressing, making them part of the press.