Pop-Up Transformers

Pop-Up Transformers

The Sunday Paper #104
Paper of the Week: Laurelai Designs from Paper Connection International
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Just look at these scrumptious papers! Laurelai Designs are an exclusive line at Paper Connection, based in Providence, RI. These hip and fun patterns are created in-house and are then silkscreened on recycled cotton in India. They’re great for all sorts of projects, from bookbinding, card making and collage to letterpress printing (the papers have a solid background color on the back) or simply to frame. Each sheet measures 20 x 28 inches and weighs 100 g/m².

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In the Studio:

My newest artists’ book is called Vertices, and it is now on view at the University of Washington. I made this video to describe the book. Fun fact – that’s my husband and me bickering at the very beginning. I know, I know, I need a video editor; and the camera could be on a tripod. But alas, those things would keep me from getting this out into the world, so I hope my technical challenges don’t bother you too much.

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Check out the new Transformers Pop-Up Book by Matthew Reinhart and Emiliano Santalucia. The paper robots actually transform. Make sure you click through and watch the videos! I’d love to see the behind-the-scenes development of these – this is some amazing paper engineering! 

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Hand Papermaking Magazine is one of my favorite organizations, and they launched their annual auction yesterday. Join the fun! 55 unique and valuable papermaking items will go to the highest bidders, with 100% of proceeds benefiting Hand Papermaking. Starting bids range from $5 to $1300. This year’s offerings include rare and unusual books about papermaking, raw fiber, large sheets, stunning paper art, collector’s items, and several pieces of hard-to-find equipment. There is also an exceptional opportunity to spend a week in residency at Fabriano, Italy! 
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I enjoyed the spirit of this piece about ‘Mindful Origami‘. I’ve been hearing the phrase a lot lately, and I’m happy that origami is the new craze. But seriously, I’ve had some of my most frustrating moments in life trying to figure out how to do some origami folds! But perhaps that’s the point.
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Do you remember the De-File Your Taxes contest that I wrote about a few weeks ago? Well, tax day has come and gone and the contest produced some pretty cool entries. I like these fortune cookies by Charlotte Jones, but there were plenty of other clever uses of those tax forms.
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I’ll end with a plug for a new venue I’m teaching at this coming fall. Join me at Artmaker’s Denver September 18-20 in the heart of the Denver. I’m offering a one-day and a two-day workshop, and there will be many other talented artists offering workshops in mixed media assemblage, modern calligraphy, hand-lettering, illustrative lettering, creating the look of letterpress, jewelry-making using unique metal smithing techniques, fabric dying using natural dyes, and digital oil painting. I think it will be an inspiring creative environment!
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