Paper Finger Puppets

Paper Finger Puppets

The Sunday Paper #416

June 5, 2022

I had the pleasure of talking with Owen Gildersleeve on Paper Talk, an artist specializing in handcrafted illustration, set design & art direction. His unique style, honed over the past 12 years, brings graphic designs to life through layers of hand-cut paper and a playful use of depth & shadow. His practice ranges from intricate illustrations, to large-scale sets and installations, teaming up with the likes of Apple, LUSH, Penguin Books & NASA. Oh, and he illustrated the cover of The Art of Papercraft. Enjoy our conversation!

Photos by Jon Aaron Green

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Check out the paper weavings of Jonpaul Smith. Wowza! He creates complex, tapestry-like constructs, made up of hundreds of interwoven strips of discarded consumer packaging, original traditional and non-traditional prints, gouache paintings, smoke transfers and other paper ephemera.

©Jonpaul Smith, Family Ties, paper construct, 30x42in, 2014

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I just discovered the amazing work of Nancy Mintz, now on view (for a couple more days) at Gallery Geheim in Bellingham, Washington. Using fine brass wire and gossamer-thin Japanese printmaking paper, the artist creates translucent and reflective abstract forms with an otherworldly, ethereal presence.

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These paper puppets are so cute! Learn how to fold them, add facial features, and put on a show!

As seen on Paper Folds – Origami & Crafts.

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I created a video about the process of creating my new installation, Step Into The Light. Have a look!

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I’m featuring one-sheet wonders here on the blog, since the projects in my new book, The Art of Papercraft, fall into that category. I’d love to feature your one-sheet wonders!

I’m creating a series of informational videos about the book. This cleverly folded Origami Candy Dish is delightful to fold. Trinity Adams, the 12-year-old director of marketing for the nonprofit Paper for Water, came up with this design by accident when she was just 7. She was trying to fold a fortune-teller. Remember learning to fold those with friends at school? Well, Adams made a mistake and ended up with this design instead. If you try folding a fortune-teller, you’ll see where she went wrong. Sometimes mistakes lead to new inventions. This video is one of a growing series of videos featuring the projects in the book.

Photo by Mars Vilaubi ©Storey Publishing for The Art of Papercraft

Paper Tidbits:

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In the Studio:

Years ago, a class participant brought spiral bound copies of my books to a workshop, and I thought it was brilliant. This week, I finally got around to rebinding my own. It was so inexpensive at my local copy shop! And it makes complete sense since these are workbooks – flat pages for easy reference when your hands are wet.

Speaking of wet hands, I adore this photo of two papermakers referring to The Papermaker’s Companion in a British sea.

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Featured in my Studio shop:

The Art of Papercraft, Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds, Water Paper Time, a film download, and The Papermaker’s Companion.

The Art of Papercraft

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4 Comments

  1. Marcia Vogler says:

    Love the weaving! Check out Galen Gibson-Cornell on Instagram. Super imaginative weaving, also using found materials.

  2. Nancy Mintz’s work is STUNNING – thank you for sharing!

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