Paper Connection International

Paper Connection International

The Sunday Paper #136, December 4, 2016
Since it’s Sunday, this is a double-feature. The regular Sunday Paper appears at the bottom of this post.

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 4

There are a handful of companies that bring unique papers to us from around the world. For more than two decades, Paper Connection has been sourcing fine art papers, mostly from Asia.

Mainly recognized as a leading source of washi – Japanese paper, Paper Connection also maintains a large variety of specialty papers from places like: China, India, Korea, Nepal, The Philippines and Mexico.
The majority of the stocked papers are made using traditional methods and employ recycled or sustainable fibers, such as the cultivated paper mulberry of Japan, the Himalayan daphne plant, which grows wild in the mountains, or recycled cotton rag used in India to make paper goods.

Here is a taste of Paper Connection’s Mino Washi collection, made in Gifu Prefecture, Japan: as seen in The Twelve Months of Paper calendar. These papers are not only great for making mobiles, they are all inkjet compatible!


As a special thank you to blog readers, coupon code MINO10 is available for an extra 10% off all papers and products in Paper Connection’s online shop, now through December 31, 2016.
You can follow PCI on Facebook and their blog to find out what’s new in the world of handmade paper, and discussions with the artists who use them.
About our sponsor: For over two decades Paper Connection International, LLC has been providing both plain and decorative specialty papers to art suppliers, art educators, paper artists, designers and manufacturers. Through import, distribution, and education, founder Lauren Pearlman Sugita and her staff remain committed to the preservation of traditional hand papermaking and the papermakers themselves, ensuring there will be good quality paper for future generations.


About the 25 Days of Paper 2016: It’s a great time to celebrate paper, and I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. Receive updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season, and feel free to leave a comment below and check out what people are making in the 25 Days of Paper FB Group!
And here’s your Sunday Paper, in a slightly different order.
Virtual reality and augmented reality are combined in this children’s book Peronio. It sure is cute (and the jingle is catchy too) but when I see something like this, I’m not sure what is real anymore!

Artist Jarrod Beck is building the moon out of paper, and he’s forming really big sheets!
This EcoHelmet, (made of paper, of course) is making the rounds on the internet after winning the £30,000 International James Dyson Award, a prize handed out by the British company each year. Invented by New York design graduate Isis Shiffer, I love the clever collapsible design, but I’m not quite sure about the need for disposable helmets. At least they are recyclable!
I’ve featured the work of Charles Young before, but he’s worth a repeat. Be sure to click through to the link to see more of these enchanting animated paper sculptures! The fact that he’s created one of these a day for almost two years is mind boggling!
The first lady of Uzbekistan got a very hands-on visit to the only papermaking studio in Central Asia, located in Samarkand on the Silk Road.
In the Studio: I’ve just started filming video tutorials for my first-ever on-line course. Registration begins soon, and class will start in mid-February. Details are coming soon! Here’s a photo collage showing one of the projects we’ll be making, a miniature folding shoji screen with a very clever hinge.

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Thanks again to those of you who have pledged your support, and enjoy your Sunday!


  1. Gina Pisello says:

    Helen, I am intrigued by your online class teaser. Can’t wait to see more about it.