The Sunday Paper #164, July 2, 2017
Fireworks! I noticed these beauties this week over on Paper Connection International’s Instagram feed, and then I received an e-mail for a special Independence Day offer: Buy 2 Yuzen Papers and Get 3rd one for FREE (a $20 savings). The selection of these decorative papers are sure to put a spark in your step! (Please note: the papers pictured above are not included in the sale selection, but many other beauties are. Be sure to scroll through all seven pages).
On the Road:
We were in Oregon last week, where I enjoyed teaching a workshop at Focus on Book Arts, seeing old (and meeting new) friends, eating great food, seeing art, walking across the new bridge Tilikum Crossing and more. When in Portland, I always stop by Oblation Papers & Press, a fantastic urban papermill and stationery store. While there, I recorded a podcast (coming soon) with owners Ron & Jennifer Rich and spent time looking at all of the paper goodies in their retail store. They produce these sweet little plantable papers (and many others) in house.
This is a fascinating story about the life work of Khurshid Gohar Qalam, a Pakistani calligrapher whose work is in collections around the world. He writes on the special paper called wasli (paper made by old Mughal technique) and I love what he says: “I believe we should not forget our roots. We should not forget that calligraphy is part of our heritage, which must not only be preserved but should be made to flourish.” In this spirit, Qalam has passed the tradition along to thousands.
Escape the summer heat with this beautiful handheld fan made from Echizen Washi paper, a traditional Japanese craft with a 1500-year history. Artisans create this leaf patterned paper by hand so when sunlight hits the fan a silhouette of tree leaves appear. It’s a lovely reminder that there are ways of appreciating the summer, rather than escape into air conditioning.
I’ve featured the work of Chinese artist Li Hongbo before. Look closely, and you’ll see how he flattens a paper sculpture in the shape of a handgun as he sets up his work ‘Ocean of Flowers’ at Eight One Art Museum in Beijing June 17, 2017.
Last but not least! These are amazing – bonsai trees made of blooming paper cranes by Naoki Onogawa.
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