The June project in the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar is an origami Candy Dish, designed by Trinity Adams of Paper For Water. This giveaway features a selection of origami papers that are printed with Japanese chiyogami paper patterns on one side, and a matching color on the other side. It also includes an origami candy dish, the June project in the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. Click here to enter the giveaway – the entry form doesn’t always appear on mobile, so try your desktop if you’re having issues.
In the Studio: Paper Weaving Online Class
Paper Weaving is now open for registration! Click here to watch the video trailer and learn more about this online class. Turn your decorative papers into paper weavings (or purchase the supply kit when you register). Class runs July 10th – August 14th, and a new lesson is delivered each Wednesday. If you’d like to learn more, I’m hosting a free webinar on June 11th at 11am PST (info at the link).
Remember the Science Friday segment I mentioned about DNA in books (specifically in the animal parchment used in old books)? A reader sent me this fascinating article about DNA collected from the crumbs produced from rubbing old books with erasers.
The Rhinoceros Project is still collecting funds to create a life-size watermarked sheet of paper using an embroidered cloth as the mould surface.
Origami is making waves in so many arenas. Spacecraft, cars and people’s heads could be better protected against dangerous impacts thanks to an origami-inspired ‘metamaterial’ that creates a “counterintuitive” response to forces.
A paper model of a metamaterial that uses folding creases to soften impact forces and instead promote forces that relax stresses (Credit: Kiyomi Taguchi/ University of Washington)
Check out these interesting paper collages (connected with paper pins!) by Frida Orupabo, who is interested in how people see, and how the ways of seeing influence perception of such things as race, sexuality, gender or family.
Frida Orupabo, “Untitled” (2018) collage with paper pins mounted on aluminum 139.7 x 116.8 cm
Who knew? In 1958, when photographer Inge Morath arrived at Saul Steinberg’s apartment to make a portrait, he came to the door wearing a mask he had fashioned from nothing more than a brown paper bag and a marker. Over the next several years, they collaborated on the Masquerade series of portraits (which became a book in 2000), inviting friends and colleagues to pose for Morath wearing Steinberg’s playful, deceptively simple disguises.
Saul Steinberg + Inge Morath
Sometimes you have to see something in person. I’d like to know more about this Fenlajian paper that’s made in China and seems to be coated with gold leaf. This reminds me of Elaine & Donna Koretsky’s book, The Goldbeater’s of Mandalay, an account of a remarkable bamboo paper, made entirely by hand, for use in the goldbeating process. Perhaps there’s a connection.
It looks like paper towels became a thing in the 1930’s, but this article has some clever ways to use fewer of them (including what came before – cloth napkins).
Featured this week in my Studio shop: Playing With Paper, the Paper Weaving Online Class, the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar (now 1/2 price) and Handle With Care, an artist’s book.
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