Meet the Pulparazzi!

Meet the Pulparazzi!

The Sunday Paper #269
July 21, 2019

Paper of the Week: Italian Crepe Paper

The July project in the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar is a Crepe Paper Flower. Have you created yours? This isn’t the crepe paper you’re thinking of (those rolls of streamers used for decorating staircases and dangling from ceilings). This new top-of-the-line 180 gram Italian crepe paper is thick, pliable and luxurious. You can stretch and manipulate this paper to create interesting forms. This crepe paper is available in a multitude of bright colors from Mulberry Paper and More.


In The Studio:

Sometimes I make a paper that I just don’t like! Has that happened to you? Today I decided to transform some of these into momigami. I’m applying konnyaku to both sides of these thin cotton/abaca sheets and will then crumple them.


Papery Tidbits:


Pulparazzi, Painting With Paper, is now on view at the Jamestown Arts Center in Rhode Island. The group consists of eight artists, who got together in 2010 in San Antonio during a three-day artists retreat to explore and exchange thoughts on the pulp painting. What an incredibly rich and rewarding experience!

“Blue,” by Michelle Samour is included in the “PULPARAZZI: Painting with Paper” exhibition at the Jamestown Arts Center. Photo: Michael Derr

My husband and I are going to Japan for two short weeks in the late fall. One of the things I’d like to do is visit the factory where Isamu Noguchi’s famous Akari lanterns are produced. Have you been there? I love his sentiment about light: “The word “akari” in Japanese gives the image of sunlight and moonlight pouring out into a room.”

Susan Kristoferson creates gorgeous decorative papers. Her work is currently on view at Framed on Fifth in Calgary for two weeks only. If you’re in the area, I hope you have a chance to stop in!

I don’t understand this report about banana paper, but I like the photo! I think the gist of the report is that there is a growing market for artist papers and commercial products made from banana fiber—if you make it, they will come.

I enjoyed this history of the Monadnock Papermill. They started out making handmade paper 200 years ago!


Featured this week in my Studio shop:
Playing With Paper, my films about paper, the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar (now 1/2 price) and 50 Revolutions, an artist’s book.
Twelve Months of Paper


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1 Comment

  1. Claire Brach says:

    Hi Helen, I read that you are going to Japan soon. Try to visit ITOYA in the suburb of GINZA in Tokyo. It is a 100 year+ old paper/stationery shop, over 12 floors. There is a fabulous cafe up towards the top, their own hydroponic farm on another floor and more paper and paper products than you have ever seen in your life.
    Email me and I’ll send more details and some photos of the shop and layout.
    Seriously, this is one not to be missed!
    Kind regards, Claire Brach.