Paper Art, Architecture & Cinematography

Paper Art, Architecture & Cinematography

The Sunday Paper #202

April 1, 2018
Paper of the Week: Lokta Paper Makes a Comeback

A women dries the papers during the making process of Nepali paper at her workshop in Nayapati, Sundarijal on Saturday. Post Photo: Anish Regmi

I’ve always loved photos like this, depicting sheets of paper drying outside on screens. I’ve written lokta factories before, which were abundant and thriving over a decade ago in Nepal. But they slowly withered and ultimately pulled down their shutters due to lack of human resources, shortage of raw materials, high production cost and effects of Maoist conflict. These factories are now back in business and are creating jobs for locals.

Out of the Studio: Visiting Hand Papermakers
I visited with three paper artists in Holland: Petra Poolen and Peter Gentenaar & Patricia Torley. Here’s a studio view showing the sculpture and paintings of Peter & Pat.

Papery Tidbits:

  • If I were in the Bay Area this week, I’d go see Lisa Kokin’s new shredded money pieces at Seager/Gray Gallery.
  • Paper/Print, curated by Susan Gosin & Mina Takashashi opens on April 5th at the International Print Center New York.


Check out these amazing paper sculptures! Leo Garcia Mendez and Raya Sader Bujana are two Venezuelan artists – one creates tiny realistic constructions in paper and the other takes beautiful photographs.

From a story by Laura Collinson featured on Creative Boom

This is a great idea and great community organization name: Paperworkers Local is an Alabama group that banded together to form a workspace for artists working on paper.

The artists at Paperworkers Local in Birmingham work with a wide variety of styles and subjects. (Karim Shamsi-Basha/Alabama NewsCenter)

Into the Fold: The Art & Science of Origami, is now on view at the Science Museum Oklahoma. “All these folds, they have mathematical computations… a lot of these mathematicians and artists have come up with ways, these folding patterns, to really create any object that you can think of, just by folding a single piece of paper. That takes a lot of math.”

Artist Eric Gjerde employed an estimated 19,000-plus folds and about a month’s worth of time folding to create his 80-foot-long “Dragon Helix” on view in Science Museum Oklahoma’s new exhibit “Into the Fold: The Art and Science of Origami.” [Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]

Did you know that there is a Guild of Papermakers? It is based in Philadelphia, and here is a little history. The first meeting was held at the papermaking barn of Historic RittenhouseTown, also in Philadelphia, in the fall of 1991. Over the years, the group of 50 – 60 artists has continued to meet almost bi-monthly, held studio and gallery visits, sponsored workshops with several nationally known paper artists, and has held an annual all member Paper Awareness exhibitions.

Guild of Papermakers recent Paper Awareness exhibition at the Abington Art Center

This is a lovely gesture by a student at Seton Hall University. Daniel Kim has launched an origami challenge to students and staff to recycle their old essays, syllabi, and other scraps of paper and turn them into one thousand cranes symbolizing a communal wish for a greener campus and planet. The Ecology Club is erecting a bamboo structure, and origami makers are invited to hang their creations there. Hopefully they’ll publish a photo!
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  1. […] Michael Duke’s images here.) That image led me to HQ PaperMaker in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Then this morning’s Sunday Paper from Helen Hiebert started off with an image of lokta production in […]

  2. Those sculptures by Peter and Pat are just unreal! That’s some true talent right there.

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