The Sunday Paper #434
November 6, 2022
Are you up early today (those of you who live places that observe daylight savings time)?
I have a new intern in the studio! Madeline Good is spending the month of November here, and while I’ve had many interns over the years, this time I am excited to be partnering with Arnold Grummer’s LLC to provide a paid internship for the first time. We are covering the basic costs (travel, housing and transportation) and I am providing personalized training geared towards enabling her to pursue a career in paper.
The internship I had at Dieu Donné Papermill early in my career was instrumental to who I’ve become as an artist, author and instructor, and it is my hope that the experience will have as much of a positive effect on Madeline as my internship had on me. (BTW, I just noticed this week that Dieu Donné is currently seeking interns). This is one way I can ‘pay it forward and give back’ to the community that gave me my start. Arnold Grummer’s is a family business that has worked for more than 40 years to offer elementary through high school students a successful experience in hand papermaking. Supporting this internship is an extension of Arnold Grummer’s commitment to continuing education for paper artists.
Madeline is a recent graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where she received her BFA in sculpture. Her work ranges from two-dimensional mixed media pieces to installations using natural materials, found objects, handmade paper, and natural pigments. Madeline is currently based in Philadelphia. Welcome, Madeline!
This is a fantastic documentary about five ancient papermaking traditions from around the world that are being kept alive. I’ve never seen papyrus making and the way they cut thin strips of the reed with fishing line. Get a glimpse into the making of parchment, papyrus, and papermaking in India, Vietnam and Thailand (spoiler alert: they make elephant poo paper at Poopoo Paper Park in Chaing Mai).
I have been thinking about multiples lately. Matt Shlian does them so well. Check out his affordable Eight Emperors series.
I’m in the middle of teaching a 3-day workshop on how to make Collapsible Japanese Lanterns (Chochin). There’s a great video about the Akari Light Sculptures that Isamu Noguchi designed on this page. You’ll see many of his designs there too. If you’re in NYC, make a trek across the East River to the Noguchi Museum, a wonderful sculpture garden and museum that used to be Noguchi’s studio.
Check out this clever computer mouse that folds down flat for compact travel and then folds up into a 3D shape for use. The Air.o Mouse is covered with vegan leather, which I’m guessing might be kraft tex, a paper-like product we paper and book nerds use. Let me know if you have one and agree.
- Have you had a chance to listen to my interview with Roberto Mannino on Paper Talk?
- I’m teaching my popular 3-hour Shadow Lantern workshop through Maine Media on 12/11.
- Last year I started a new tradition – creating a list of my favorite paper resources for 2021. For 2022, I’d love to include your recommendations as well. Tell me about them here.
|Featured this week in my Studio shop:
The Art of Papercraft, Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds, Water Paper Time, a film download, and The Papermaker’s Companion.
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