Papercraft Miracles

The Sunday Paper #331

September 27, 2020

Papermaker of the Week: Janna Willoughby-Lohr

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Janna Willoughby-Lohr in her studio looking through a selection of Papercraft Miracles specialty handmade papers. Each style of paper gets a clever name before going out into the world.

Janna Willoughby-Lohr is a poet, artist, musician and owner of Papercraft Miracles, an eco-friendly handmade paper art company. They create handcrafted, personalized stationery, gifts, and decor that make a moment unforgettable. From wedding invitations with seeds embedded inside, to intricate handbound books, to unbelievably realistic paper flowers, Papercraft Miracles has the ability to turn your story into a tangible, interactive piece of art. There really is no substitute for the feeling of receiving a special gift. As Janna says, “There’s just something about handling paper that sends me to the moon and brings me back to earth at the same time. That feeling is miraculous to me. I aim to instill that sense of wonder into each piece that I create, because we can all use a little miracle now and then.”

In the Studio: One Sheet Wonders

This week I took photos of everything I am packing up to send to Storey Books for the photo shoot for my new book (my working title is One Sheet Wonders, and hopefully we’ll have an actual title in the near future). This is a clever one-sheet stage (with puppets) designed by Paula Beardell Krieg, who has an amazing blog filled with paper projects and ideas, often relating to math.

I will be featuring one sheet wonders on the blog in a few months, leading up to the publication of the book (fall 2021). I welcome submissions – I want to feature all sorts of clever one sheet wonders – not just the ones in the book.

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Papery Tidbits:

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I enjoyed this story about Kim Phillips, who wanted to better understand her Jewish friends’ religion. She spent a year immersed in the study of Judaism as a layperson at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati and then at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem where she learned the art of Jewish paper cutting.

Cowan Texaco, a 20-inch x 16-inch papercut done in Phillips’ painterly papercut style, is made of 14 layers of fine papers, each hand cut with an exacto knife, to make the image. It is in a private collection. Photo by Kim Phillips

In this time of necessary societal transformation, Hand Papermaking is resolved to take concrete steps to fulfill their role as the journal of record that truly reflects the full breadth of work in the field. In solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, they are launching the Hand Papermaking Black Writers Fellowships, an evolving program that currently offers two opportunities for Black writers: Reporter and Researcher. The deadlines for applying are approaching fast (one is tomorrow).

Check out these three profiles of Filipino origami artists who have been busy folding during quarantine.

This is a fun Crafty Panda timelapse video on how to turn toilet paper into a lamp.

Deborah Morin is making clever fasceted paper sculpture.

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Featured this week in my Studio shop:

Interluceo: an artist’s book, Playing With Paper, a Package of Three Films, and Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds.

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