Papermaking With Plants

Papermaking With Plants

© Teri Power, What Remains Cast cattail fiber and clay

The Sunday Paper #342

December 13, 2020

Papermaker of the Week: Teri Power

© Teri Power, What Remains, cast cattail fiber and clay

Teri Power uses fibers and colors that she gathers from her surroundings in her paper art. Whether sculptural or flat, the substrate of the work is “of her place”, and the meaning of the work is derived from that fact. That and the fact that in today’s world, so much of human knowledge has been lost in the making of the work. Found objects add another layer of meaning as they must be chosen and gathered.

In the Studio: Papermaking With Garden Plants & Common Weeds

I received a shipment of nine damaged copies of my book, Papermaking With Garden Plants & Common Weeds. I do not have to return them or pay for them, but I hate to throw them out! Some are dog eared, and others have a slightly damaged spine, but the contents are A-OK! I’d love to ship you or a friend a copy! You will pay only $10 to cover media mail shipping & handling.

If you prefer an undamaged copy of the book, I have those too!


Papery Tidbits:

  • Save the date & register! I’m hosting an online event to kick off The Paper Year 2021 on January 3rd at noon my time. This is a free event and is open to anyone (please spread the word to your paper-loving friends around the globe). I’ve designed this special pop-up lantern that I’m going to teach you to make – you’ll receive a list of the basic supplies you need when you register. You will also learn all about The Paper Year, my new online subscription club featuring a paper project every month. Here’s to a brighter year ahead!
  • Have you listened to my interview with Rosston Meyer on Paper Talk?
  • Have you checked out The Paper Advisor? Discover my most popular papermaking and papercraft resources – including information about tools and supplies, how-to videos, and paper tips – all in one place!
Matt Lyczak of Kansas City, MO rolled out toilet paper as an appropo holiday display for 2020 in his front yard. He’s hoping to wipe the slate clean in preparation for 2021.

I like these sentiments by artist Huang Li-hsiang: “Paper art requires no educational background nor wealth; all you need is passion,” says the 63-year-old. “A flat piece of paper can become any 3D object, just as an individual has infinite possibilities.” Read about her amazing career.

Some paper sculptures being exhibited at the Louvre in France in 2016. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The Jeonju city government in North Jeolla Province in South Korea has partnered with the Central Institute for Restoration and Conservation of Archival and Library Heritage (ICPAL) in Rome, paving the way for the globalization of Korean traditional handmade paper known as hanji. Under terms of the agreement, the Jeonju city government plans to promote the superiority, durability and tradition of Jeonju hanji in the global cultural property market, which would contribute to expanding awareness of the traditional Korean paper.

So, this is not paper but Kanat Nurtazin uses papercutting techniques on leaves and photographs them in remarkable ways. Click through to view all of the images.

As seen on MyModernMet

A blog reader (thanks, David) told me about Marilyn Scott-Waters, aka the Toymaker and her amazing papercraft tutorials for most (if not all) holidays. Check them out, she even provides printable patterns so you can create your toys with seasonal patterned papers.


If you’ve followed me for long, you know that I have a thing for paper and light. In fact, light filtering through paper is how I got started in hand papermaking, but that’s another story.

On January 3rd, I’m hosting a free live online Zoom event to ring in the new year and kick off The Paper Year 2021. Everyone is welcome!

I’ll be showing you how to make a pop-up paper lantern. Registration for The Paper Year will be open then, so I’ll tell you all about it and answer any questions.



Puppy update! Stryker is 6 months old. He loves to steal our shoes (as you can see here) and curl up with his big brother Halo, who could care less. I know some of you are wondering about my mother and her assisted living facility. They’ve had an outbreak, but seem to be handling things well. They went from 8 to 14 cases in a week, but yesterday’s tests all came back negative. So far my mother has not been affected, and most of the cases are mild (only one person has been hospitalized). We have an informational session about the vaccine this coming week. My husband Ted just finished up a big freelance assignment and we’ll see what the future holds for him job-wise. Our daughter will stay in Portland over the holidays, so I made felt stockings for her and her boyfriend that I filled and shipped off). We got about a foot of snow yesterday, which makes me feel warm and cozy (when I’m inside). I’m thinking about all of you and wish you and yours a wonder-filled season!



Featured this week in my Studio shop:

All About The Paper Year 2021 Subscription Club, Try It! Shadow Ornament Workshop, Playing With Paper, Mend


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