Pop-Up Paper Groundhog

The Sunday Paper #297

February 2, 2020

Paper of the Week: Kyoseishi from Washi Arts

Kyoseishi (kee-o-say-shi) is a handmade, dyed Japanese paper than has konnyaku starch kneaded into the kozo fibers to strengthen the paper. Kyoseishi means strong paper. This type of paper is known as momigami (crinkled paper). The distinctive texture comes from the process of kneading the starch into the paper. This traditional technique was used to treat washi (Japanese paper) for use in clothing. This treated paper can be sewn and is wonderful for bookcovers, boxes, cases, jewelry, paper quilts and sculptural forms.

For readers of The Sunday paper, Washi Arts has put together a special package of eight half sheets (each is 18″ x 25″) Regular price is $62.00, sale price is $50.00.

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In the Studio: A Pop-Up Groundhog

We’re doing a monthly challenge over in The Paper Studio (TPS) on Facebook. The guest designer this month is Marianne Petit, an artist and educator who creates mechanical books that combine animation and papercraft. For the February project in The Paper Year, Marianne created a pop-up groundhog – because, after all, a groundhog DOES pop up! The question is, will the little critter see his shadow before he pops back down? If he does, legend has it that we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter.

For those of you who own The Paper Year, have fun creating your groundhog and please share it over in TPS. And for those who don’t have a copy, a pop-up valentine would be an interesting project. You can find a free downloadable PDF template/instruction sheet in the files area (in TPS) for a simple engineered valentine. Either way, let’s play with pop-ups this month! And it’s a leap year, so we even have an extra day popping up at the end. Feel free to explore, make and post a photo of whatever pop-up pops up in your creative mind :).

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Papery Tidbits:

  • Speaking of Playing with Pop-Ups – that’s the title of one of my books, which contains 15 projects by renowned paper engineers from around the world.
  • Registration is now open and you are invited to my studio in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains for the 7th Annual Red Cliff Paper Retreat! The 2020 Retreat theme is Woven Paper: Books/Vessels/Lighting. 
  • The Paper Year is still available, now at a discount.
  • I am developing new projects for my spring online class Flexible Book Structures 2 . Sign the waiting list to receive a $10 coupon when registration opens in early March.

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Check out this music video featuring a paper animal animation by Seen Film, Vitamin String Quartet.

These gorgeous kiri-e (“kiri” means cut, and “e” means picture/art) works by Andrew Imamura were recently on display in Honolulu. Learn more about his work in this Q&A.

© ANDREW IMAMURA

SoulBoxes was recently in Denver showcasing one thousand origami boxes covering a wall at First Baptist Church of Denver. Each one is a different story of someone affected by gunfire in the United States. Watch the video about the project.

This paper food by ji-hee-lee  probably doesn’t taste so good, but it is delicious eye candy!

© ji hee lee

“Pinyapel” is a Pinoy paper product made from discarded pineapple leaves in The Philippines. Recently, it won the D&AD Future Impact Awards for Environment and Sustainability in New York City. How cool is that?!

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About our Sponsor: Washi Arts is a merchant of fine Japanese paper, tools and supplies. We carry an extensive range of decorative, dyed and natural papers as well as brushes, adhesives and book arts tools. Contact us for recommendations for your projects and to join our mailing list.

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Featured this week in my Studio shop:

Word Broadsides, a selection of grid papers, The Paper Year, and Playing With Pop-Ups.

The Paper Year

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