Paper Mom

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The Sunday Paper #158, May 14, 2017

Paper of the Week: Air Dried Abaca with String

Happy Mother’s Day! Seven years ago, I created this sculpture, Mother Tree. The paper I decided to use was air dried abaca with embedded linen threads which turned out to be really strong. I pieced sheets together to create Mother Tree using a lamp-making structure. Read more about the project and watch a video about her here. I also created an artist’s book that relates to Mother Tree, which you can see here.


Final reminder: I’m offering a giveaway in celebration of The Sunday Paper’s 3rd birthday. All you have to do to enter the drawing is leave a comment below.


One lucky winner will receive a 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar + a paper pack with everything you need to create all of the projects PLUS a sampling of the new papers for the 2018 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

The raffle winner will be chosen at random on May 16th, 2017. The winners will be announced on this blog next Sunday. Good luck!

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In the Studio:

This week I made a studio improvement when I found these tables at a JC Penneys that was going out of business. I remember getting my first wheels (a bicycle) through the JC Penneys catalog, which we picked up at the local store. I’m happy that these tables have wheels too!



My family got me this gorgeous mother’s day card from Lovepop Cards. Check them out; they have a great story and a fantastic selection of pop-up cards!

These cubist-inspired paper cuts by Jose Antonio Roda (as seen on Strictly Paper) are fun and unique. He’s got a great eye for showing off negative space!
Wowza! Here’s an awesome twist on blackout shades by Ukrainian designers HoleRoll to keep the light out when you just wanna sleep!
Check it out! Artist paper dolls as seen in the Huffington Post.
I love to read stories like this, about students who get to work with artist’s books in special collections at their schools in semester long classes. Here’s one about an exhibit that pairs artist books by 14 Baylor students with a corresponding inspiration from Baylor’s Book Arts Collection, a 900-piece special collection of the Baylor Central Library.


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  1. Alexandra O says:

    Happy Birthday!!!

  2. Wendy says:

    I love paper ??❤️ Thanks for your interesting blog

  3. Beth Blank says:

    Mother Tree is amazing – and a great post for today!

  4. The abaca Mother is sublime! and how beautifully inventive the Ukrainians are with their cut paper window covers. Fantastic information for us all! Happy Mother’s Day!

  5. The abaca Mother tree is sublime! and how beautifully inventive the Ukrainians are with their cut paper window covers. Fantastic information for us all! Happy Mother’s Day!

  6. Tricia Smout says:

    Thanks Helen for sharing all your beautiful work and inspirational ideas. You are an amazing artist.

  7. Crissie Woolard says:

    Thanks for the inspirations. Happy Happy Birthday!!! And Happy Mother’s Day!

  8. Claudia says:

    The mother tree…..strong, beautiful fibers
    So much meaning in your beautiful work