Papermaking from Plant to Page

Papermaking from Plant to Page

Folded from a full (45x30cm) sheet of translucent abaca paper made by @helenhiebert (and then trimmed slightly to fit the prescribed format). 

The Sunday Paper #426

August 21, 2022

Today is my daughter’s golden birthday: she turns 21 on August 21st. Happy Birthday, Lucah! I visited her in Portland in June – here we are on a hike in the Columbia River Gorge.


I enjoyed this article by Brea Black who took a workshop recently at InterOcean Studio called Papermaking from Plant to Page. There are so many interesting tidbits in her recount of the workshop: a visit to The Rocky Mountain Library, the history of InterOcean Studio, making plant paper; and wow, I didn’t realize that you could take workshops on Creativebug with a library card (Black is a librarian in Topeka, KS, so her link is through her library, but I’m guessing other libraries offer this).


I love this! “The man and his daughter used to go to Pearl Beach every day to spend time there, amazed by the beauty of the city’s skyline. The young girl, also passionate about origami, had the idea: “What if I built an origami the same size as the huge buildings of the city?” During Covid, Rohith Jagadisha reimagined Dubai at the inspiration of his daughter, and the resulting video went viral.


You know I’m a proponent of paper, but sometimes it makes sense to argue against it. My husband’s family of origin used paper towels; mine didn’t. He purchases them; I don’t. Here’s a round-up of The Eight Best Alternatives to Paper Towels (hopefully my husband will read this). My favorite, some Swedish dish cloths, are pictured below. Biodegradable and enormously eco-friendly, these versatile dishcloths can be used hundreds of times.


A Tale of Paper: Refolded is a video game that utilizes origami as you play. You are a piece of paper that’s been folded into a magical character who goes on a journey of escape and intrigue. The last line of the review is my favorite (as I’m not really into gaming): … this is a great little experience which will tempt you into wanting to learn more about the art of folding paper. 


Paper Tidbits:


I’m featuring one-sheet wonders here on the blog, since the projects my new book, The Art of Papercraft, fall into that category. I’d love to feature your one-sheet wonders!

Goran Konjevod (@foldsome on Instagram) makes amazing folds with single sheets! He’s used my abaca paper a few times. You’ll get insight into some good folding papers by following him.

© 2022 Goran Konjevod;. 15x15x1cm, folded from a 45x30cm sheet of translucent abaca paper.

In the Studio:

I’ve had this old planner cover in my studio for years – it belonged to one of my grandmothers. There are so many cool features: a perpetual calendar (the days of the week slide up and down); pockets; a pencil loop and a place to slip in a notepad; and the feature that’s intrigued me the most is the zipper that winds around the perimeter and allows you to zip the entire book closed. I finally purchased a zipper to see whether I could figure out how to replicate the structure. Comparing it to the one on the book helped me figure it out. Now let’s see if I ever get around to actual making my own book that zips up!


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1 Comment

  1. Thanks Helen! We really appreciate your support in getting the word out about InterOcean Studio.