Paper Talk Reaches Episode #100!

Paper Talk Reaches Episode #100!

The Sunday Paper #439

December 11, 2022

I’m the featured guest on Paper Talk this week. I decided to turn the tables for milestone episode #100, and my friend, artist and colleague Barb Tetenbaum, interviewed me. I hope you’ll have a listen, and if you’re new to the series there are 99 other interviews with papermakers, paper artists and paper professionals for you to catch up on. Here’s to next 100 episodes!


This is one of the coolest paper devices I’ve ever seen (it seems terribly impractical, but since I can’t go back in time, it’s hard to say). In 1927, the Plus Four Wristlet Route Indicator came with single-journey scrolls plugged into a wrist-wearable device. The watch-like gadget needed no batteries, and worked quite like traditional scrolls, with paper rolling out from one side then back into the other. A precursor to the modern-day GPS.


This looks like it was an interesting exhibition – recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego – by process based artist Carmen Argote. Several of the site specific mixed-media sculptures have paper components, such as pizza boxes and cochineal-coated paper. “These site-responsive sculptures and works on paper record Argote’s movements through Los Angeles and illuminate shifting bodily boundaries during the COVID-19 period.”

Items from the solo exhibition “Carmen Argote: Filtration System for a Process-based Practice” at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.(MCASD)


Check out this fascinating history of paper (and feather) fans.


Here’s an incredible overview of Paper Routes 2020, held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Click through to see the amazing variety of works and be sure to watch the video at the end.


Paper Tidbits

  • Sign up to make s Cube Light with me and learn a bit about my membership program, The Paper Year, in free mini-workshop on December 15th. Let’s illuminate our spirits and our homes!
  • Weave Through Winter is coming: Feb 1 – 28, 2023.
  • Last year I started a new tradition – creating a list of my favorite paper resources for 2021. For 2022, I’d love to include your recommendations as well. Tell me about them here.


In the Studio

Do you do an annual review of your year and/or plan ahead for the next year? It has taken me quite awhile to realize the many great reasons to plan, even though I consider myself a planner!

For the past several years, I’ve used Alyson Stanfield’s Annual Review to reflect on the past year. It isn’t all about crunching numbers, which I like! She breaks the review down into five parts: Personal, Art, Learning, Business, and Looking Ahead.

I like to parcel this type of work out, rather than trying to cram it all into one session, so I do one part a day (or so). I don’t really have much trouble planning ahead – I like to know what’s coming next – but knowing what did and didn’t work from the year before really helps with setting the course for the future.


Featured this week 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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  1. Margaret E says:

    The Route Indicator seems like a precursor to the AAA trip kit, a set of maps put together for a specific route, and bound with a plastic binding.
    Thanks for all the interesting things you share each week.

  2. Congratulations on your 100th episode, Helen! 🥳 You are the epitome of perseverance and an example of what happens when you set your mind to something.