The Sunday Paper #344
December 27, 2020
Hey papermakers! I’d love to feature you in this column. All you have to do is fill out this form.
I had the recent pleasure of interviewing Nicole Donnelly on Paper Talk. Donnelly is a hand papermaker and visual artist specializing in sculptural paper artworks and invasive plant papers. She is the President of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA), 2015-2021; and the founder of the creative papermaking studio paperTHINKtank. She is master papermaker for The Brodsky Center at PAFA (2019- present) and for The Brandywine Workshop & Archives (2018-present). She teaches paper and book arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and other institutions. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2009 and her BA from Bennington College. Enjoy our conversation!
Did your child or grandchild ask for a pony for Christmas? Hermes Paris made this super fun video showing you how to make a giant origami horse to put under the tree – maybe they’ll get a pony next year?!
Check out the torn paper collage works by Laura Shabazz, who rarely using scissors and believes that ripped edges enhance her work. I agree!
I’m not a big fan of single-use anything, but since many people are (this company claims that human beings are putting 129 billion face masks and 65 billion plastic gloves into the environment every month) I guess it makes sense to produce a recyclable, compostable alternative to the face mask. Avro Mask doesn’t call these paper, but they’re made of 100% cellulose, the main ingredient in paper.
Frontline Paper is making paper from healthcare workers’ scrubs during the pandemic. They are applying the same cathartic concept they use with military veterans (transforming uniforms into sheets of paper and works of art) to healthcare workers, who are on a different front line.
Here’s a fascinating book review of Paper Bullets, a story about two artists who risked their lives during WWII. They disseminated notes — on windshields, in mailboxes, in the pews of churches and even, most daringly, in people’s pockets — that were painstakingly composed on slips of cigarette rolling papers because real writing paper was rationed during the war.
The Paper Year opens for registration on January 1st and will continue through January 10th. Since this is a subscription program, you can only join a few times during the year. I’m excited to get started!
Next Sunday, January 3rd, I’m hosting a free live online Zoom event to ring in the new year and kick off The Paper Year 2021. Everyone is welcome! I’ll be showing you how to make this pop-up paper lantern, and I’ll answer your questions about The Paper Year. Register for the event, and I’ll send you a supply list so you can create this lantern with me. Together, we’ll brighten the new year!
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