Pop-Ups and Movables

Pop-Ups and Movables

The Sunday Paper #227

September 30, 2018

Paper of the Week: A Round Up of My How-To Books

I’ve been creating these book round-ups throughout 2018 featuring five books a month. It just dawned on me that I’ve written five how-to books, so this post is dedicated to them. You might be interested in the story behind my how-to books. Quite early in my career, an editor at Storey Books saw a listing for a workshop I was teaching at the New York Horticultural Society called Compost Papermaking. This piqued her interest, because Storey published all kinds of gardening books and had recently branched out into crafts. She wrote me a letter (this was before e-mail) and asked whether I’d be interested in writing a book on the subject! Well, that idea became Papermaking With Plants (in hardback), which is now Papermaking with Garden Plants and Common Weeds (in paperback). Click through to read a bit more about each of my how-to books.


In the Studio:

Quick question! Do you subscribe to this blog? If you do, you should be reading this in your in box. If you don’t, what are you waiting for? Click through and sign up, and I’ll send you a list of links where you’ll find instructions for creating the twelve paper projects featured below. And…. drumroll please… the 2019 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar goes on sale next Sunday! You’ll read all about it here, but in the meantime, you can warm up by creating the projects you see below.

Papery Tidbits


Small world: I had the pleasure of meeting Kelli Anderson this weekend, author of This Book is a Planetarium (worth a peek)! She recently designed this animation for Brainpickings (a terrific blog by Marina Popova) to animate a poem by Jane Hirschfeld. Marina writes: “I had a sudden vision of bringing the poem to life in an animated stop-motion short film playing with this idea of the improbable and inhospitable environments in which life, against all odds, persists — the raw optimism of nature.

One after another, performers stepped into pans of ink and moved along the 30 foot long sheet of paper which stretched out on the floor. I love this execution of John Cage’s “STEPS: A Composition For A Painting”.

Here’s a wonderful who/what/when/where/why all about Japanese paper!

I was amazed to read that there is a Malaysia Origami Academy! And wow, they created the Jalur Gemilang with more than 6,000 paper cranes, in conjunction with Malaysia Day.

Check out this remote controlled paper airplane that connects to your phone!


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  1. Joan Bernstein says:

    Thought you’s enjoy an aricle from The Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer about making paper from elephant dung in Thailand.

  2. Helen says:

    Thanks, Joan! Interesting….!

  3. Genelle says:

    Awesome artworks, very interesting. This is actually my frustration.