Paul Jackson on Paper Talk

Paul Jackson on Paper Talk

The Sunday Paper #376

August 15, 2021

I had a lovely interview with Paul Jackson on Paper Talk! Jackson is a professional paper artist, paper engineer, writer and teacher since 1983, who specializes in origami and the folded arts. He has written more than 40 books, the first of which were origami books for adults and children, and his more recent books have been about the application of folding techniques into design, a subject he has taught in more than 80 Universities and Colleges in 13 countries, to design students of many disciplines, including Fashion, Architecture, Ceramics, Jewelery, Product Design and Textiles. Jackson was born in England and moved to Israel when he married Israeli origami artist and educator, Miri Golan, founder of the Israeli Origami Center (1993). Miri and Paul founded the Folding Together project and the Origametria program, which involves using origami to teach geometry.  In 2018, Origametria was accepted by the Israeli Ministry of Education into the National Mathematics Curriculum and is studied weekly by 30,000+ children of Primary School age. Enjoy our conversation!

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How cool is this?! The Eastborne Greenpeace Group in the UK is collecting origami fish with notes on them to send to Parliament in big fishing nets to raise awareness about protecting the oceans.

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Keith Kaziak was one of 11 winners awarded the International Sculpture Center’s 2021 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. During Covid, he turned the overflow of Amazon boxes he was receiving into his sculpture, “Tower of Boxes”.

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I just discovered this website filled with paper models that you can print out and assemble, including these hand shadow puppets. I loved making hand shadows as a kid and even created an artist’s book called The Hand Shadow Pop-UP Book.

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This is super interesting: Khadi and Village Industries Commission is mixing both high & low-density waste polythene into paper pulp to make a recycled “paper”. Not only does the plastic add extra strength to the paper but it also reduces the cost by up to 34%.

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Paper Tidbits:

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In the Studio:

It is so fun to see people make things with the paper in my Curated Paper Collections (CPC)! Sarah Knight is a member of my Paper Year membership program and recently used some of the papers in her Wallpaper Pocket Book (designed by guest artist Paula Beardell Krieg). CPC#3 is now available.

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Featured this week in my Studio shop:

Opening Soon: Flexible Book Structures Online Class, Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds, Curated Paper Collection #3, The Papermaker’s Studio Guide DVD

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