Millennial Papermaking

Millennial Papermaking

© 2020, Joyce Gold, 'DNA Cluster', Handmade paper, wire mesh dipped in high shrinkage abaca, attached Abaca, Jute, black pigmented Abaca and Cotton rag forms with burned markings and discarded burned holes with text laminated. 23"H X 14"W X 7.5" D

The Sunday Paper #347

January 17, 2021

Papermaker of the Week: Joyce Gold

Hey papermakers! I’d love to feature you in this column one day soon. All you have to do is fill out this form.

© 2020, Joyce Gold, ‘DNA Cluster’, handmade paper, wire mesh dipped in high shrinkage abaca, attached abaca, jute, black pigmented abaca and cotton rag forms with burned markings and discarded burned holes with laminated text. 23″H X 14″W X 7.5″ D

Joyce Gold creates paper artworks in her Denver, Colorado studio. After graduating from CA State Long Beach with a BFA in printmaking, she worked as a printer for artists in Los Angeles, printing for Chic Bragg, Arthur Secunda, Marty Tobias, Misha Moracha, Charles Bragg, and others. Joyce returned to papermaking to explore the endless possibilities of the medium. She has sold her artwork to collectors across the U.S., and her work has been selected for many exhibitions across the nation.

In the Studio: Make a Valentine on Zoom With Me! (Free Workshop)

On January 28th, I’m hosting a free live online Zoom event to teach you how to make a woven paper valentine and tell you about my upcoming Weave Through Winter online course. Everyone is welcome!


Papery Tidbits:

  • If you haven’t heard about Book Paper Thread yet, here’s a great opportunity! They are hosting an online event called Form & Function from Afar. And it is free! I’ve already signed up.

This is a fun article about the benefits of origami and how to use it to create stunning DIY home décor, gifts and more.

As seen on

I got excited when I saw this article about millennials and hand papermaking (and I recognized the image as the work of Share Studios – Stephanie Hare was on Paper Talk awhile back). The gist of the article encourages millennials and members of Generation Z to save the planet, and suggests making paper as one way to do that. But this sentence bugged me “the irresponsibility and lack of concern from older generations has many students taking it upon themselves to act more sustainably, attempting to undo the damage done to our climate.” Well, if blaming the elders gets the younger generation motivated to save the planet, I’ll take it (along with a little respect).

Creating your own paper out of used material is a small but great step for the environment. (Image via Instagram/@share.studios)

I enjoyed being on Janna Willoughby-Lohr’s Reach for the Stars Podcast! We talked about my journey with paper and creative consistency. Have a listen!

Nova Scotia recently banned single-use plastic bags, prompting many Halifax retailers to go plastic-free last month. Businesses can offer reusable bags to their customers or ask them to bring their own, which most of us are familiar with. But Purush Cannane has been recovering waste paper and turning it into handmade paper bags that he has been selling to a number of small retailers Nova Scotia since 2019.

Paper bags created by Greenii Inc.

I love these GIANT fairy tale books!


Featured this week in my Studio shop:

A Map to Now, Playing With Pop-Ups, The Papermaker’s Companion, and Prism, an artist’s book


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  1. Genie Barry says:

    Helen, I’m not sure that this is the best place for this, but regarding your one page projects, I though you might be amused to check this out, from my FB feed:

  2. Thanks, Genie! Several people have sent me this… great minds think alike! All my best to you.