December 2, 2018
Paper has been in the New York Times a couple of times recently. Here’s an article about a scientist’s research about the math behind how paper crumples (although if you read the article carefully, his experiments were with a mylar substrate rather than real paper). I’m reminded of the Japanese technique paper called momigami, a crumpled (or kneaded) paper. Traditionally, Japanese papers are coated with konnyaku paste (made from a tuberous root of the devil’s tongue plant of the Arum genus) and then crumpled and used like cloth to create book covers or clothing. This photo shows two experimental sheets I created with my own handmade sheets of abaca paper. I coated the dry sheets with konnyaku powder that I purchased from Washi Arts and crumpled them to create this leathery looking paper.
In the Studio:
I have a thing for paper trees, especially during the holiday season. Here’s a project I designed for the 2017 Twelve Months of Paper How-To Book & Calendar. I think it’s extra fun if you make it with a double-sided paper, because it is reversible! Click through to get the instructions and watch a video tutorial on how to make yourself a tree (or a forest).