The Sunday Paper #292
December 29, 2019
Paper of the Week: Grid Paper
I have been playing around with my new Cricut Maker (a desktop machine that will cut watermarking material, among other things) and this is the first design I cut and made paper with. If you know anything about watermarks, the imagery cannot be too wide or the pulp slips off of the watermarking material, resulting holes in the paper. I’m afraid my success rate with this batch will be low – my pulp was quite fine and the material was a bit wide – but I’m still looking forward to getting the paper out of the drying box and seeing the results!
In the Studio: Weave Through Winter
It’s exiting to see a classroom develop – there are close to 30 souls who have signed up for the Weave Through Winter challenge so far! Join us for this online class and create a daily practice as you explore a variety of papers and weaving techniques.
- Commit to an hour of creativity a day (more or less)
- Challenge yourself to share what you create (there will be prizes)
- Stimulate your mind by finding, mixing and matching papers
- Find satisfaction in the ordinary while creating something extraordinary
Class begins on January 16th, 2020, but earlybird pricing ends on January 1st (when the price will increase from $185 to $210).
Here’s a weaving and sentiments from Sarah Morgan, who took the class last year and has signed up to take it again:
“As I wove everyday, I started seeing possibilities for paper. I like working with reclaimed papers. I shop at SCRAP in Portland, OR, a local creative reuse store where I find maps, envelopes, discarded drawings, wallpaper, calendars, etc. I grabbed a poster from a power pole and delaminated cardboard. Experiments with all kinds of materials flowed from the daily practice. I recommend Weave Through Winter and will take it again.”
- I’m offering a FREE webinar where you can learn more about the Weave Through Winter online class on January 2nd at 1pm EST, 12pm CST, 11am MST, 10am PST. If you miss the webinar, you can watch the replay – but make sure you register so that I know to send it to you!
If you’re in NYC this week, head on over to MoMA to see Betye Saar’s very first etchings, drawings, and early experiments with assemblage. For the exhibition, a team of curators made the most of a recent museum acquisition of 42 works on paper by the artist.
It isn’t every day that I find out about a cool paper book through a personal connection. I had some of my artist’s books professionally photographed in Denver this week, and the photographer (Wes Maygar) told me about his brother’s girlfriend, Corrie Beth Hogg, who wrote the book Handmade Houseplants. How cool is that?
This is a great article + video about a young man who is bridging generations in the paper umbrella making business in Japan.
I made this one sheet wonder as a project for my new book – it shows off a strip of kraft tex adorned with eyelets and a snap attachment.
Do you have a One Sheet Wonder? I am curating a gallery section in my new book to show off the potential of paper (featuring artwork, graphic design, fashion design and other wonders created from one sheet of handmade or machine-made paper). Fill out this form if you have something to share, and feel free to pass it along to other paper artists (deadline: 1/15/20). Although I can’t promise that your image will make the cut (there are so many factors involved), I plan to start showing off your One-Sheet-Wonders on the blog (like I’m doing today), leading up to the book’s publication.
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