Modular Origami

Modular Origami

The Sunday Paper #371

July 11, 2021

I wasn’t expecting to be in Portland this past week, but here I am (heading home tomorrow)! My daughter had her wisdom teeth extracted on Friday, and we’re taking care of a few other things as she prepares for her junior year of college at the University of Portland. We spent a morning at the Portland Japanese Garden (you can just see Mt. Hood behind us) which I’m sure many of you have visited. It is a magical place and holds a special spot in my heart. This is where my Mother Tree Installation began, almost 10 years before it became a reality (click on the link to view that story, which involves my other child). I have some exciting news about Mother Tree – she’ll be coming out of storage for an exhibition this fall – details are coming soon.

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I adore these paper lights by California-based artist Bennet Schlesinger, crafted from bamboo, paper, and clay.

independent lighting designers

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Rain Scott has a unique way of sculpting with modular origami units. These are reminiscent of the gum wrapper chains we made back in the day, but they’re different. Click through to view his amazing work (I included this one, because I have fond memories of visiting Bandelier National Monument and climbing ladders like this). If you’re ever in Santa Fe, he exhibits at the Indian Market.

Opus no. 9 - Little Steps 3

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I love this! An Airbnb in Scotland where you get to run a book shop for a week or two. You get your very own bookshop, and an apartment above it, supported by a team of friendly volunteers and bookshop sellers to make your trip as lovely as possible. The bookshop residency’s aim is to celebrate bookshops, encourage education in running independent bookshops and welcome people around the world to Scotland’s National Book Town. How cool is that?

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Check out this elaborate paper replica of a Heidelberg letterpress at full scale!

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Paper Tidbits:

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In the Studio:

My membership program, The Paper Year, is open for registration through today, so sign up now if you’re interested – registration won’t open again until October.

I’m enjoying our monthly rhythm. I upload instructions for a new technique and project on the first Monday of the month, participants can create work and share it in the online classroom at their leisure throughout the month, and we meet mid-month on Zoom to share, show and talk. There’s a sweet little perk if you join now: you’ll gain access to the library of tutorials for the projects we’ve made between January and June! Click here to watch the video trailer, read more and register.

Here you see the projects we’ll be creating over the next six months.

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Featured this week in my Studio shop:

The Papermaker’s Companion, Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds, Playing With Pop-Ups, Playing With Paper

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