The Sunday Paper #118, July 31, 2016
Two weeks ago when I was in Minneapolis, I had the lovely opportunity of visiting Cave Paper. They have a new showroom! Since 1994, Bridget O’Malley and Amanda Degener have been Cave Paper, making paper in the basement of an old, industrial Minneapolis warehouse. There are no windows, and the walls are limestone. This subterranean studio inspired Degener and O’Malley to call their studio “Cave.” Degener and O’Malley make paper by hand from raw fiber and boil walnuts for dye, and mix deep vats of indigo. Their process results in a robust archival paper of unparalleled durability.
In the Studio:
I am wrapping up the design phase of the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar (you’ll be able to pre-order a copy in just a few weeks)! Here’s a sneak peek of the custom paper pack that I’m assembling, so that those of you who want to have everything you need to make the projects will! This time around, in addition to a range of hand picked papers from around the world, you’ll also receive the templates, parts and pieces necessary to create all of the projects, including three battery-operated tea lights for illuminating the lantern projects!
Also of note:
Check out these paper rings I saw on Cool Thing of the Day (a neat blog, btw). Jeremy Maker designs wearable rings, necklaces, and bracelets from thousands of pieces of paper that are laminated together.
You may have caught this being passed around via social media last week. The Victoria & Albert Museum has acquired the world’s largest paper peep show collection. Created from hand painted and printed paper and cloth, peepshows became an inexpensive pastime for children and adults alike, since they first emerged in the 1820s.
Check out Michael Beutler’s installation Pump House – a massive paper construction. I love how he states that the making of the piece – crushing and baling paper into blocks – is part of the art – a celebration of the spirit of invention and the lost tradition of cooperative labour.
Remember the bark cloth I wrote about last week? A reader shared this inspiring video about her friend Wendeanne Ke`aka Stitt‘s artistic journey with Hawaiian kapa.
Here’s a thoughtful review of Pure Pulp: Contemporary Artists Working in Paper at Dieu Donné, which is on view for a few more days in Atlanta at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking at Georgia Tech. If you’ve ever heard me complain about the fact that paper art isn’t well known as a medium, you’ll see that this writer agrees!
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