Paper Pop-Ups

Paper Pop-Ups

The Sunday Paper #107, May 15, 2016
Paper of the Week: Pico Paisley Moss Green from GPC Papers
Dandelion GIF
Double-sided papers are useful for a variety of reasons. But for this pop-up dandelion card (a tutorial is available here) the decorative side makes for a nice cover while the plain inside doesn’t interfere with the pop-up flower. This is a screen printed handmade cotton paper from India.
In the Studio:
I was in Seattle and Tacoma this past week, where I taught a workshop with the Puget Sound Book Arts Group among other things. What a great group! We were productive, completing five projects in two days. Here you see an Instagram collage with sections of each project: shadow lantern, envelope folding screen, party light, inflatable ball, and woven paper lantern.

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Tauba Auerbach has a new pop-up book produced in conjunction with Printed Matter. I got sucked into a rabbit hole, following threads through her work. Maybe you will too. You can start here with her paintings that look like folded sheets of paper.
I just discovered these wallets from Postalco, when Awagami Factory showed them off on FaceBook (the wallets are made of Awagami paper). They are calling the material ‘farmer’s felt’, but this is simply a thick Japanese paper. Be sure to click through to read more about the paper and to see the video, which includes leaf burnishing! And if you want one of these, click on Shops at the link to find retail shops that carry Postalco products.
Zim & Zou handcrafted works are full of joy – and the ideal vehicle to raise awareness for important (and sometimes controversial) ideas. For The Art of Saving a Life, the pair created intricate paper sculptures of needles, syringes and droppers with which vaccines are administered. The many sculptures were displayed neatly, to convey the sense of the order and professionalism behind the vaccination cause – which has the goal of reaching every children in the world by 2020.
I’ve featured Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair before, but their work is so good that it deserves another viewing. Their layered paper cuts start out with sketches on multiple translucent sheets, which are then combined into one complete image and illuminated with LED strips lights._21b6a3d4-0199-11e6-9250-9c8019adbb37
This is a great series of images and a video about the silhouette artist Karl Johnson. He practices this 18th century art that was all but lost when the photograph was invented.

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  1. Penelope Ortmann says:

    Thank you for the podcast with Tatiana Ginsberg. I recently toured the U of Iowa Center for the Book and enjoyed seeing that creative space again. What an interesting interview. Spent some inspiring time on Tatiana Ginsberg’s website too. Many thanks Helen and Tatiana.

  2. Incredible presentation by Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair, WOW, WOW, WOW.
    Light is the magic in translucent paper. AND Tauba Auerbach’s geometrical work with light is stunning! Poetry in paper!

  3. Keith Allen says:

    Great post! A lot of WONDERFUL paper artists on here! Love Tauba Auerbach’s work. Hope to see you at the MBS conference again this year

    • Helen says:

      Thanks, Keith! I probably won’t make MBS this time around, but perhaps the next!