Origami Coloring Paper

Origami Coloring Paper

The Sunday Paper #167, July 23, 2017

Paper of the Week: Origami Coloring Paper

I found these four designs in a standard origami pack when I was visiting Japantown in San Francisco earlier this year. If you ever get there, you must go to Paper Tree (click through, they feature a how-to origami video every week)! And while you are in the area, Daiso is a huge Japanese department store with lots of paper products + more, plus there’s an underground mall with other shops and restaurants (and a mochi cart, yum)!


In the Studio:

I have been busy creating a video-trailer for my online class, Paper Lanterns, which I’ll share with you when registration opens next week! These paper inflatables are one of the projects we’ll be making in class.

Papery Tidbits:

  • Paper Lanterns, a new online class, begins September 20th and runs for 6 weeks.
  • View my new artist’s books Vertices and Nebulae.


This is pretty cool! Zhong Lin Wang and his team at the Georgia Institute of Technology cut sandpaper with lasers and covered them in thin layers of gold and other conductive materials. Then they assembled the pieces into three-dimensional rhombus shapes. These rhombi, which can fit in the palm of one’s hand and fold up to be stored in a wallet or pocket, generate electricity when a person presses on them with their fingers.

Laser-cut paper coated in conductive materials allows this small device to generate electricity just by being squeezed. (American Chemical Society)

This is a fascinating video of the restoration (i.e. paper cleaning) of Albrecht Dürer’s Triumphal Arch that was performed at The British Museum. I love the part about how they figured out how to reach the center areas of this enormous print.

Um, wow! Check out these unusual and extra large piñatas by Justin Favela.

Justin Favela’s “Piñata Motel. 2016” uses paper and glue on an existing motel.| Krystal Ramirez

My kid is heading to Chicago soon, and I’m thinking of getting him this book as a going away present (shhhhh). Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models: 14 Kirigami Buildings to Cut and Fold, will be released August 1. You get to fold, cut and construct mini paper versions of some of Wright’s most famous buildings.
I’ll spare you the photo on this one, but I like the concept! Reflecting on the poor sex education she received during her teenage years, 27-year-old Chinese artist Pang Danyang decided to design a pop-up book for parents and young girls going through puberty called Body Boom.
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  1. Tom Leech and I were discussing YOU, the other day. We both remarked, “How does Helen maintain this website with such interesting and varied entries, make paper, exhibit, make books, experiment, make sculptures, and travel all over to give workshops? And have a family!!!!

    • Helen says:

      Here’s my secret, Sally. I just do what I love and try to make everything fun while I’m at it! I do work hard, but I’m not that busy. I even get bored! Sorry I didn’t get down to SF this time… Tom’s printing my book solo. Hope to see you soon!

  2. Thanks for the Paper Tree link!

  3. Linda says:

    The Japanese bookstore in the Japantown Mall is wonderful too. Kinokuniya is on the second level and there is a paper / stationery store called Maido right across from it.