Paper World Video

Paper World Video

The Sunday Paper #108, May 22, 2016
Paper of the Week: Sekishu from Hiromi Paper

© Michelle Wilson 2016, Division 3, woodcut on Sekishu chine colléd onto wallpaper

© Michelle Wilson 2016, Division 3, woodcut on Sekishu wheat pasted onto found wallpaper

Some papers are invisible! This pigeon is printed on Sekishu, a thin, wispy and delicate paper that has great strength for its weight. It is unsized and a great choice for relief printing. Sekishu is made from 100% kozo and is named after its place of origin, Sekishu in the Iwami area of the Shimane Prefecture. Michelle Wilson carves her images in wood and prints them on this lovely paper and then cuts them out and adheres them to wallpaper from old sample books (another great paper)! Michelle Wilson is a papermaker, printmaker, book and installation artist. She is also one-half of the ongoing collaborative, political art team BOOK BOMBS. Wilson’s imprint is Rocinante Press, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. This piece (and others) will be on view June 3-24 at the NIAD Art Center in Richmond.
In the Studio:
I am busy designing projects and choosing the papers for the next 25 Days of Paper which will feature a printed How-To Calendar. I hope to have these ready for distribution in September.

  • View my 25th anniversary retrospective catalog here; purchase your own copy here
  • Join me for a workshop in the coming months.
  • Have you checked out my podcast series? Listen to my interviews with Catherine Nash and Tatiana Ginsberg. Coming up next month: Timothy Barrett.

Here’s a fabulous video from Hungary’s World Wildlife Fund. Check it out!

This is a lovely story about a mother who figured out how to engage and employ her autistic son. Their business is Papercatz. Aren’t their paper flowers gorgeous, and they look so real!
Christophe Guberan adapted an inkjet printer to print patterns that contort pieces of paper into three-dimensional forms that he calls hydro-folds. How cool is that? You can see the paper transforming in the video at the link.
Many consider wasps to be the first papermakers. Have you seen this experiment? Mattia Menchetti fed wasps colored paper and guess what happened?!
Here’s a link where you can view the catalog for Just One Look – an amazing exhibition of artists’ books at the University of Washington (I’m honored that my book Vertices is included in the show). And if you’d like to own a copy, you can purchase it here.

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1 Comment

  1. M. says:

    Hi Helen,
    Thanks for these fab posts. Love surprising and wonderful “paper journeys”. You take us to the BEST! places.