Poison Ivy Paper!

Poison Ivy Paper!

The Sunday Paper #475

August 27, 2023

I hosted the Red Cliff Paper Retreat last week. This is one of the few events I hold in my Colorado studio. If you’d like to work with me in Colorado, please click through to read about my retreat and my papermaking master classes. I’ll be setting dates 2024 dates soon.


I had a lovely interview with Therese Zemlin on Paper Talk. Zemlin has worked in a range of media, including paper, welded steel, light, digital media, and natural materials. Her work ranges from small sculpture to installation and is inspired by elements and phenomena of the ever-changing natural world. She has exhibited her work nationally, and has received numerous grants, including a Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Enjoy our conversation!


How cool is this?! Erin Schmidt made poison ivy paper. It turned out so well, and Erin reports that she didn’t have an allergic reaction. Have you used Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds to help in your papermaking efforts? I’d love to see (and feature) the results!


Minneapolis, Minnesota artist Liz Sexton creates sculptures that blur the line between the animal kingdom and human life. Working with paper mâché, a medium she prefers for its versatility and accessibility, Sexton creates large masks of fish, birds, and mammals that are meant to be worn.


If you’re in the Bay Area, don’t miss the Book Arts Bazaar on September 30th in Redwood City, a one-day celebration of the book and paper arts presented by the Bay Area Book Artists.  This free event features demonstrations, exhibition and sales of artists’ books and related art, as well as hands-on activities. Exhibitors will display and sell art that challenges conventional views of what it means to “be a book.”


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  1. Mary Houston says:

    Helen. I do my armchair research in upState NY. Love reading it all. I am intrigued with the poison ivy paper! But don’t like the idea much!
    I send good wishes to you and your mother.

    • Helen Hiebert says:

      Hi Mary! Thanks for the good wishes. A few others seem wary of poison ivy, and I know that some people have more severe reactions than others… To each his own, right?! Be well. Hope to see you in Colorado again soon.

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