Paper Clay

Paper Clay

The Sunday Paper #358

April 11, 2021

As many of you know, I am obsessed with with paper + light. The second iteration of my online class by the same name will begin in late June (yes, this means if you took it before, there will be new techniques and projects). This is a one sheet wonder too (made from a single sheet of paper), and it is illuminated with a color-changing tea light… ooooh… ahhhh… Add your name to this list if you’re interested in the class and you’ll receive a special discount when registration opens.


Rebecca Hutchinson is one of 45 artists featured in the groundbreaking exhibition Particle & Wave: PaperClay Illuminated. This is the largest and first international traveling paperclay exhibition in the world, with a selection of artists from five different continents. The show can be seen at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, now until June 6, 2021. Click through to watch a virtual tour of the exhibition on the museum’s website.
Hutchin Art 1

Debra Collins recently shared her Zooming Church series in my facebook group The Paper Studio. As with so many things during COVID, she ended up attending church online and had some revelations. She notes: “those Zoom “boxes” pulled me away from the liturgy, yet opened up another sermon, or maybe, a prayer.”

Artist Karla Funderburk began folding paper cranes as a way to cope with the stress and grief at the beginning of the pandemic. At some point, she stopped folding the cranes to calculate how long it would take her to fold that many paper cranes – and the answer was 24 years! She asked for help, and people from all over the country sent her not only paper cranes, but stories of the ones they had lost. She is now touring the installation at galleries across the country. And her website includes a showcase of numerous spoken stories about the lives of various COVID-19 victims, written by their loved ones.

Artist Karla Funderburk (photo credit: Jake Spark)

Running April through October, Haystack Mountain School’s 2021 online programming will feature 70 presentations across 10 program threads led by an innovative group of artists, designers, writers, curators, and historians. Through their commitment to increasing access to the School, each of these online programs will be presented as free and open to the public.


Papery Tidbits:


In the Studio: 

I had a lovely conversation with Erica Spitzer Rasmussen on Paper Talk recently, an artist who creates handmade paper garments and small editions of hand-bound books. Her current work explores family stories and issues of identity. Her work has been featured in such magazines as FiberArts, Surface Design Journal, American Craft and Hand Papermaking.  Rasmussen teaches studio arts as a full professor at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota (USA).  Her artwork is exhibited and collected internationally. Enjoy our conversation!


Featured this week in my Studio shop:

Tangential, an artist’s book, The Papermaker’s Companion, Water Paper Time, and Playing With Paper.



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