Papillon Papers

The Sunday Paper #265

June 23, 2019

Paper of the Week: Papillon Papers

I recently interviewed the proprietors of Papillon Papers on Paper Talk (see below). Here you see one of their beautiful old/new designs. They cut the block and hand printed a design they resurrected from the 18th century on Indian cotton rag handmade paper.

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In the Studio: Madeleine & Vernon Wiering on Paper Talk

Vernon & Madeleine Weiring, a father-daughter team based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, recently launched their company Papillon Papers. I fell in love with some of the gorgeous decorated papers I’ve seen on their website and wanted to learn more about them, especially after reading that they call themselves design archeologists – how cool is that? – they dig through the past to find designs and decorated papers and resurrect them. In this episode we talk about how they look through old books, mostly from the 19th century, seeking decorative end paper designs that appeal to them, and then bring theses sheets that have been hidden under the covers of old books back to life! Listen to our conversation to find out how they are doing this.

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Papery Tidbits:

  • Click here to watch the video trailer and learn more about my Paper Weaving online class. I have a few supply kits left (or use up some of your paper stash!) and will begin shipping those later this week. Class runs July 10th – August 14th, and a new lesson is delivered each Wednesday.
  • I’m a member of the Craft Industry Alliance, and I can’t say enough about how much I get out of the organization: access to articles about running a business, a fantastic forum on facebook that always has multiple answers to my questions, and discounts which have paid for my membership! Learn more here.

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Ryan Villamael uses paper cutting to investigate the nature of borders, the tactile representations of history, and the decay of civilizations. This one has to do with Manila, in the Philippines. Paper becomes a “paradise lost,” an overgrowth of leaves, an eloquent latticework of remnant cartography. Part of the installation is the play of light and shadow that expands and repeats the work.

Here’s what’s happening over in Club Paper: LeeAnn Meadows hosted a group who made the collapsible party lantern from my Paper Illuminated online class; Lucie Bee experimented with collaging & stitching paper and fabric; Jo Sparks made this hedgehog out of a book; and Sarah Morgan created this plaited paper basket. You can join Club Paper – there are 3 questions you have to answer to join the group – this keeps the spammers out.

Oh my goodness, these are too cute! I love the Japanese collapsible chochin lantern form and have experimented with it quite a bit. These caps are made by a chochin lantern-making business. They come complete with an adjustable leather strap and the use of natural materials give them a great amount of breathability, making them cool to wear on hot summer days.

The show Sheets of Paper closed awhile ago, but I find it’s premise so interesting. Three artists took a 5′ x 7′ sheet of paper and turned it into a work of art. Talk about a blank canvas! Squire Broel created his charcoal drawing on the floor and then decided to install it in the same fashion.

This is a great article about The Japanese Paper Place, a retail shop in Toronto specializing in, you guessed it, Japanese papers.

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Featured this week in my Studio shop:

Learn how to make a shadow ornament, the Paper Weaving Online Class, the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar (now 1/2 price) and LandEscape, an artist’s book.

Twelve Months of Paper


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