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Peace • Joy • Love

25 Days of Paper – Day 24; The Sunday Paper #188

December 24, 2017

Paper of the Week: Japanese Papers

I’m super excited to be planning my next 6-week online class, Paper Weaving. A fun part of the planning is picking out the papers for the class projects (all of the papers you see in the photo still have to be woven, except for the one image in the top row). I love discovering new papers for projects, and will be offering an optional custom paper pack so that class participants can try them out, too. Registration opens in the new year and class runs Feb 7 – March 14. Feel free to send me a note – – if you’d like to be notified when registration opens (and of course, you’ll read about it here too)!


Out of the Studio:

I’ve facilitated a lantern making workshop as part of Vail’s Paper Lantern Project for the last few years at the Vail Public Library. This year was as busy as ever. Families come off the slopes to make a little light to celebrate the winter solstice and we end with a lantern walk through Vail Village led by Santa and Ralph, the tallest elf!


A blog reader turned me onto this fascinating work by Paige Smith, who draws inspiration from quiet, modest, tucked away spaces: the cracks in between bricks, the grating of a drain, the inside of a pipe and interior of a derelict phone booth. Urban Geodes are created either out of hand cut and folded paper or individually cast resin and configured seamlessly to fit into spaces that inspire her.

Paige Smith, Geode #1, Arts District LA

Um, these leafy “snowflakes” are so beautiful and Laura Howard of Bugs and Fishes shows us how to make them!

Love this! Kristin Farmer’s holiday wrapping paper line, Curly Contessa, embraces girls with curls.

I purchased a copy of This Book is a Planetarium and it is under the tree for me! I’m so intrigued (I haven’t opened it, will share more when I do). Kelli Anderson’s book showcases six functional tech gadgets entirely made of paper. The most spectacular of her paper tricks are activated with a smartphone: a planetarium that projects zodiac signs in a dark room with an iPhone’s flashlight and a paper speaker that amplifies sounds from a mobile phone.

Do you follow Brainpickings, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why by Maria Popova. Through book reviews and reflections, it is also an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life. This week Popova did an annual special: The 7 Loveliest Children’s Books of 2017, and two of them have to do with paper! Sun and Moon is a hand-bound treasure of a book, silkscreened on handmade paper with traditional Indian dyes with a cut-out cover. The Paper-Flower Tree is the story of a young girl who meets a man with a tree made of sticks and paper flowers. He gives her one and tells her to plant it’s seed…


About the 25 Days of Paper 2017: I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. If you’d like more info about the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar or the online class, click here. Receive these blog updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season!


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  1. Lois Siemens says:

    I am inspired by your blog and am loving getting connected with different artists and authors.
    One of my favourite children’s books which uses paper to make incredible illustrations is
    The Treasure Box by Margaret Wild

  2. Moe Snyder says:

    Merry Christmas Helen! Thank you for all the lovely work you do and share. It’s grand.
    Moe Snyder