On the Bookshelf

On the Bookshelf

I am in Portland for 12 days (the first five have flown by). Yesterday, the kids and I went to Powells Books and we each went our separate ways (they know where to find me… in the papercraft section). I was delighted to see all four of my books on the shelf grouped together. Nearby was Dard Hunter’s well known publication, Papermaking.
IMG_0759And a hard bound edition of the same book! This was the first time I’d seen the original version.
I always peruse this section for new publications and was happy to find the newly published All Things Paper by Ann Martin, which I’d just read about on her blog. The paper jewelry in the book is quite amazing!
And Paul Jackson is one of my favorite paper artists. I hadn’t seen his book Structural Packaging yet.
500 Paper Objects features many artists I’m not familiar with. I’ll definitely order a copy of this (it is too heavy to add to my luggage this trip).
Today I stopped by Powell’s on Hawthorne to peruse their pop-up book section (an entire floor to ceiling shelf of pop-up books!) and these two were my favorite.
IMG_4515Raggedy Ann and Andy, with paper engineering by Kees Moerbeek.
And The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, featuring Robert Sabuda‘s paper engineering. Check out the collapsed balloon? here.
IMG_4518And here it is inflated. Quite amazing. The first spread in the book features a swirling tornado! Brilliant paper engineering!
Holy smokes, as my grandfather-in-law (and Batman) used to say. Powells even has an Espresso Book Machine. You slip in your disk with the book laid out, punch a few buttons and away it goes, printing and binding your book!
What is your favorite paper book, new or old? Please leave a comment in the box below.


  1. Heather says:

    Hi Helen, I live in Midcoast Maine (Rockland)and am a raw beginner at papercutting/crafting. I don’t get to Portland very often, but now I know where I want to stop when I do: Powells bookstore! I have a couple of your books… got my eye on several others. Thank you! 🙂
    Heather HYnd, Rockland Maine

  2. daria says:

    OMG! I have never been to Portland and have never seen the book machine, but, YIKES! I am smitten!