Paper Boats and Paper Mills

Paper Boats and Paper Mills

The Sunday Paper #116, July 17, 2016

Paper Studio of the Week: Petrichor Paper

Stationery set (cotton rag envelopes & bleached cattail notecards) featured in a Buffalo Indie Weddings event raffle. Custom orders are widely accepted for any occasion.

Stationery set (cotton rag envelopes & bleached cattail notecards) featured in a Buffalo Indie Weddings event raffle. Custom orders are widely accepted for any occasion.

Woo hoo! There’s a new papermill and residency program in the works in upstate New York, and it needs your help to come to fruition. Petrichor Paper has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to move to its new facility in the countryside of Randolph, NY (1.5 hrs south of Buffalo).

Danielle Myers made an impromptu purchase of a small scale hand papermaking operation in Tempe, Arizona in 2013 and has been running her mill out of a room in her home ever since. Interest in her papers, classes, workshops and open studios has grown exponentially, and it is time for a proper set-up. The Kickstarter Campaign will provide funds to relocate her operation and start an artist residency that will include open studio, housing, meals and limited transportation. Click on the link to read more about the cabins and residency in this gorgeous area within close proximity of Jamestown, Chautauqua Institute, Ellicottville (Holiday Valley), Allegheny State Park & Fredonia.


In the Studio: I’m pleased to announce that my first Paperology column for Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine is in print! The July/August issue features the paper weaving project you see below. It is now on newsstands, but for those of you who live in the boonies like me, you can purchase it in print here, buy a digital copy here or subscribe here. Stay tuned for more Paperology in upcoming issues!


Also of note:

Speaking of Paperology, when I was in Minneapolis last week I met Eric Gjerde, a self-described Paperologist. When his parents asked him at age 5 what he wanted to be when he grew up, he declared “A Paperologist”. Well, he’s done it! Eric showed me some of his new work with biopaper, which he is currently researching with a grant from the Jerome Foundation.

© Eric Gjerde, Under the Sea, 10” x 4” x 4”, biopaper

© Eric Gjerde, Under the Sea, 10” x 4” x 4”, biopaper

This is a top notch video called Paper Play by The Incredible Films about Sally Blakemore, a pioneer in paper engineering. I know you will enjoy watching it!

My headline may be slightly misleading, because this boat isn’t made of paper, but its foldability (inspired by origami) qualifies it for The Sunday Paper. And isn’t summer the perfect time for boats? There’s already an Oru Kayak out there, and now here’s a canoe called ONAK. Click through to watch it in action, and if you’ve been looking for a canoe that is easy to transport and store, this might just be the ticket!
Did you catch this article in the Atlantic Monthly about the art of handwriting? It features the hand written letters of artists, including this one by Paulus Berensohn, whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting at the Penland School.
On a side note, there’s a film out about Paulus’ work called To Spring from the Hand. Watch the trailer and order your copy here. This is one of those great works about art and life.


About our sponsor: Petrichor means the scent of the dry earth after rain. Petrichorpaper is a small-scale handmade paper mill currently operating out of Buffalo, NY. Besides paper production, classes/workshops/open studio are offered. On that note Petrichorpaper is looking to relocate to a larger space in Randolph, NY while also developing an artist residency. A Kickstarter campaign is underway to make this happen. Please help to make this project come to fruition by backing the campaign or spreading the word!


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  1. Hi Helen!
    MFA from U-Arts, we met in Philly at one of your presentations…
    I work in the Amazon (Iquitos, Peru) and teach Book Arts there… Want to order your Playing With Pop-Ups in SPANISH but cannot find a source. Do you know of one???
    Mark Wangberg

    • Helen says:

      Hi Mark! Hmmm…. I don’t know. If I can dig anything up, I will let you know. I just received a box with all of the translated books!

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