Poetic Papermaking

Poetic Papermaking

The Sunday Paper #98

Paper of the WeekPrinted Wrapping Paper


I purchased a sheet of this Italian wrapping paper at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder several years ago (and yes, it is still in my flat file, at least part of it is). There are many printed wrapping papers sold in single sheets that are printed with everything from bugs to flowers to maps and more. They are often gorgeous, and the next time I teach a panel lampshade workshop, we’re going to use these papers, because they make cool shades! I never took a photo of the lampshade I made using a map of New York City. Hmmm, perhaps I’ll make a sample and share it in next week’s post.


In the Studio:

My retrospective catalog will be printed this week. I spent this week designing the cover and have just started fabricating the paper… here’s a sneak peak. I’ll have details about how you can order a copy next week!


catalog pdf spread


Here’s a review of Teresa Cole‘s current exhibition at Whitespace in Atlanta. It looks to me like she travels the world making her work in various hand papermaking studios. What a cool life! 

Teresa Cole, Saturate, 2015; printed and dyed Washi (Japanese paper) with bamboo, 48 by 84 by 8 inches.

Teresa Cole, Saturate, 2015; printed and dyed Washi (Japanese paper) with bamboo, 48 by 84 by 8 inches.

Thanks to all of you who sent me this image to include in The Sunday Paper! Here’s a slideshow of works made from old books on FuBiz. Unfortunately, the artists are not credited. 


I love this: a vacant storefront transformed into a gallery space, but there’s more. The artist Julie Weber hung long vertical pieces of photographic paper in the space and exposed them to light. Her “Light Chronology” exhibit develops, changes and merges colors before the viewers’ eyes. I wish I could see it in person!


Now these may just be digital images, but the idea of paper maps is enough for me. Stephen Lund took his doodles in a new direction by drawing them with his GPS on a city map. He rode 115 kilometers on his bicylce to do this drawing. Here’s a great Ted talk about his GPS doodling. 


And now for the poetic papermaking: I like how Doug Foxgrover describes working in paper: “There is one take, and no undo,” he says. “Once you start, you keep moving. Every pull is unique, the hands guided by the moment and by the learned memory of practice.” Lovely sentiment about the craft. 


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1 Comment

  1. Lynn Skordal says:

    Hi, Helen…thought you might like to know that the sculptural paper items on the FuBiz site appear to have ALL been by artist Cecilia Levy (you can see images here: http://www.boredpanda.com/old-book-recycling-paper-art-cecilia-levy )
    Keep up the lovely work!