The Paper Year

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  • Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann

    I love the folding screen with the cutouts and the visuals coming through. I believe that design is the Japanese Asa-No-Ha design for Hemp. I used it in an exhibit featuring the hemp fibre for papermaking and other artistic approaches. I think the 2nd or 3rd photo in the album at the following site will show the Asa-No-Ha:
    Nice to see it on your blog. Mimi

  • I keep paper samples in a binder with baseball card holders. I’ve had it for years and it’s one of my prized possessions!

  • Betty Kjelson

    Just arrived home from 3 days at Myrtle Beach and loved getting all of your news. I’ll soon send swatches of paper, sounds interesting.
    I think that Elaine and I can match Beverly. But put us all together you should have about two hundred years of papermaking experience. Now, that’s a frightening thought!
    Betty KJ

  • Scissors were a gift from my daughter from Hazel Boutique at 1902 W Montrose in Chicago.

  • Shirah Miriam "mimi" Aumann

    Thank you, Helen, for a wonderful photo tour through the papermaking studio with its wonderfully efficient set-up. Love it! Mimi

  • Helen, this is so nice! I love Gigi and I’m sure she gives a fantastic workshop. In fact, we’re going to collaborate on something coming up. Her book is a must-have. I’m honored to be mentioned in the same post with her.
    Also, I love the way you continue your education. We can never soak up too much. I always say if I learn 1 little thing that is a turnkey, it was worth my time.
    Thank you.

  • Thanks, Alyson! Gigi is terrific, and I look forward to hearing about what you two scheme up!
    And thanks for everything you do to support and encourage artists!

  • Annie Herlocker

    I’m definitely interested in buying this…if it could be shipped to Nashville. I used one of these in one of Andrea’s workshops and have always wanted one!

  • Lauri Herman

    I have a small personal studio on Bainbridge Island with a Mark Lander “Critter” hollander beater. I make paper out of anything that grows and am specializing in Kitsap County’s Dirty Dozen-Noxious Weeds. I use the Japanese method in pulling the finer pulp from garden plant cellulose. The Western method doesn’t work as well. I have made a few small deckle boxes that use sushi mats and would love to have a large one. How much are you asking for this box?
    Lauri Herman

  • Deborah Mendez

    Helen, I would like to put your deckle to use. Please contact me.
    Thank you and good luck with your move.
    Debby Mendez
    St. Helens, Oregon

  • Holly Derderian

    Thanks so much for sharing this~it is really beautiful ~brings back many memories of shadow puppets in our tent at night when camping as a kid! Love the snail….
    Be proud of your success~you deserve it!
    Holly Derderian
    Spicers Paper
    Sample Department

  • Susan Stander

    I was so tickled to see that Beverly Plummer was alive and well as of your post. I have four spectacular paper paintings she made for me in the early 80’s. I have never stopped loving the four colorful bird prints she made for me and I have been so curious about her. I had no idea I was in possession of work by such a famous person, and such a vanguard in the art of paper making. Is she still working and where are her works available?

  • mira scott

    Is this book available for purchase? 843-842-5299

  • Ilisha and Joe’s work is amazing. I have had the good fortune to work with them several times over the past couple of years.

  • Vicky Sigwald

    Hi Helen
    you have us both following you through your 25 days!
    congratulations on your upcoming book!
    thanks for the posts
    from very hot and sunny Buenos Aires…

  • this sounds like so much fun, helen. i will check in all month! i am, of course, a huge fan of your books.

  • Linda K. Fendley

    How Wonderful! I was looking for some ways to get more excited about Christmas this year. My friend and I were just talking about Oragami and you posted this. This is exciting. Thanks for doing your 25 blogging days. I will be looking forward to it each day! Christmas Blessing to you and yours!

    • Thank you for this amazing site . As a foermr teacher I always had paper cranes hanging in my classroom and gave them out to my students at the end of the year. I loved your ideas especially the branch. The story that goes with them is Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coer.

  • Judging by your first post, I’d say the 25 Days of Paper is going to be a terrific series. I’ve blogged about it on Bookmaking With Kids in this post. Congratulations on this countdown project and on your forthcoming book.

  • Judy

    WOW! This is going to be fun. Look forward to all your posts.

  • Jane OBrien

    Thanks so much for these 25 days of paper play. I had a wonderful time looking at all the paper alphabets yesterday and today–the Advent calendars!! How lovely. I can’t imagine the amount of time that must have gone into assembling all these resources and links. I am very grateful! (and yes, pre-ordered your book via Amazon).

  • daria

    i love Advent calendars! Thank you for today’s paper post!

  • Thank you so much for posting my origami paper wreath!!

  • Linda K. Fendley

    The life sized nativity scene is amazing!
    I particularly like the envelope advent and the envelope folding screen. I agree that it would work great as a lantern. Is that a lace paper behind the leaves? (or lace material)

  • Jane, thanks for the appreciation!
    Linda, that is paper. Its called Asanoha (star pattern) Japanese lace paper.

  • Linda K. Fendley

    Some great resources here…thanks!

  • Mary C. Leto

    Oh my ! … what fun – your amazing Helen…. where do you find the time! I LOVE every blog and now look forward to a new one every day… a paper Christmas gift …and spend more time searching all the sites you’ve included. It seems like you have covered everything …. looking forward to my daily surprise..
    Thank You so much… Mary

  • Linda K. Fendley

    These are fantastic! You are really motivating me. I save interesting pieces of cardboard. Now—-what to make? Thanks for posting these. I find myself looking forward to each day to see what’s next.

  • Linda K. Fendley

    Oh-and I have been saving some cardboard to make a castle. Any ideas or sites I should look at? My son painted a dragon on our basement wall with a knight. I have always felt that he needed a castle to protect.
    (As a second grade school teacher-now retired, I was always doing things with cardboard.)

  • Claude Aimée

    My avorite paper craft books. I have a few of those you mentioned. Here are some of the ones I have that I love to browse through for inspiration:
    The new paperstyle, Mimi Christiensen
    Paper, an Inspiration portfolio by Gabrielle Falkiner
    The Art and craft of Papier mâché by Juliet Bwden
    Design with paper in art and graphic design by Raymond A Ballinger
    creative Correspondence by Michael and Judy Jacobs ( check Michael Jacob’s website if you don’t know it yet)
    The Art of Japanese Paper (Masks lanterns kites dools origami) by Dominic Busson, Finest/S.A. Editions Pierre Terrail, Paris, 1992 – beautiful big picture book
    Origami and papercraft by Paul Jackson and Vivien Frank . I have another book on ppo up books in French by Paul Jackson that i love entitled Pliate et découpages, theyndon’t specify the original title only that it was published in 1994 by Lorenz books. I never seem to get enough books about paper!!!

    • Thanks, Claude Aimée! I have a piece in the book by Gabrielle Falkiner and I’ve seen a few of the bookds yo mention, but don’t own any of them. I’ll be sure to pin them on my how-to books board!

  • Linda K. Fendley

    Amazing—so many of these paper folds look simple and yet complicated!

  • Pat Upton

    Love the origami Santa! I have to say that I seem to love all crafts I have tried. This weekend I will be making single use felt ornament soaps for the first time. I am really looking forward to it!

  • Judy

    Not sure if it’s actually a craft but I love stringing popcorn for the tree.

  • Cris Ballinger

    Making handmade Cristmas cards using my handmade paper and receiving messages back from friends

  • Amy

    For the first time in over a decade, I braved making gingerbread houses with my kids. It was a blast and they make the house smell so good 🙂

  • Linda K. Fendley

    My favorite Christmas craft is to make Danish Hearts out of paper. I like the red and white ones but also make ones out of gold and other interesting papers. One I start making them for Christmas I continue through Valentine’s Day. They make a lovely gift as you can tuck little treats and notes inside.

  • Beth Weiss

    Calligraphy is my favorite holiday art to GIVE. Baking is my favorite holiday art to RECEIVE!

  • Susan Kipp

    As I address my Christmas cards, I enjoy decorating the envelopes with my calligraphy pen. Your 25 days of Paper is fun!

  • Ojos de Dios. A Central and South American craft that looks lie multi-colored stars. Can be made from recycled or leftover yarn and any type of sticks and used as ornaments, or even as the star topper on Xmas trees!

  • Janet Osborn

    I love making beautiful cookies and giving them away. Your 25 days of Paper has been delightful! Thank you!

  • Janet Osborn

    I just viewed The Mother Tree video. It is a wonderful visual and aural tribute to womenkind, as well as mankind. Thank you for sharing your art in so many ways.

  • Becky Luening

    Favorite holiday crafts: baking, cutting snowflakes out of tissue paper, and making simple, rolled beeswax candles. I’m really enjoying your 25 days…thank you for the inspiration!

  • Using my handmade paper to create tiny books and cards!

  • Sue Nuti

    My favorite holiday craft is sending greeting cards. This year I pressed Christmas Ferns & adhered the fronds to handmade paper from natural plant materials. Of course, I always have to bake special Christmas cookies for family & friends. Merry Christmas, Helen. I love your website.

  • I love to do beadwork, so many times I make something using beads for the holidays. Right now there is an origami tree that my son made, sitting on my entertainment center.

  • Barbara A. Bradley

    I like to make Christmas Cookies.

  • My favourite craft is gift wrapping. My father would always show me up when I was a kid so ever since I’ve had to find new and creative ways to gift wrap and impress the old man. : )

  • Barbara Pankratz

    My favourite holiday craft is hand making my Christmas cards.
    This year I printed a collagraph on weedblock paper.( i glued fabric that had been constructed and sewn into a Christmas tree onto board). Very rustic!!!

  • anne

    I like to take matboard or watercolor paper scraps and paint/collage/stamp somewhat randomly all over one side, then cut them into postcard sizes to mail to people. This is actually a year-round thing but fun to do differently for Christmas.

  • Linda K. Fendley

    I love papercuts. I have been looking at Hans Christian Andersen papercuts on line. There are so many wonderful papercuts. Thanks for sharing these!

  • a. kraus

    We love cutting tons and tons of paper snowflakes, and covering our kitchen windows with them! There seems to be an ever-changing variety of crafting around here, so each holiday season varies a bit, but the snowflakes are one of the constants. This year a garland with origami stars was fun too.

  • My favorite holiday craft is making wreaths with freshly cut evergreen boughs. I just love the smell of evergreens!

  • Donna

    My favorite holiday craft is so simply. I love to get creative with gift wrapping. I use lots of different items from traditional store bought wrapping paper to the Sunday newspaper comics to tissue paper and of course homemade paper. I love wrapping gifts!!! Oh, don’t forget the ribbon. Lots and lots of ribbon!!!! Have an Awesome Holiday!!!!

  • Donna

    My favorite craft changes from year to year. This year it has been making 3 D Zentangle stars for the Christmas tree at the art center where I am fortunate to have a studio where I work on all my favorites year around…paper making, book binding, fiber art, lap loom weaving, felting, stained glassed…
    Happy crafting to all

  • Great post Helen. I love Beatice’s work and can’t wait to see what else you uncover this month. Cheers!

  • Tammy Gordon-Dirks

    Lovely blog! I enjoy bookmaking, paper quilling, origami, folding one sheet mini albums, making cards, making miniature pop up books with my students at school and would like next to learn about paper cuts.

  • Cris Ballinger

    Chatani got me hooked alo back in the 80’s and I am enamored of Robert Sabuda’s work. HIs web site offers pattern for those interested too.

  • Cece

    Creating a paper installation made of 1001 paper stars – cut, shaped,
    strung, glued, dangled, from trees, roof tops, trees and bushes – each representing a point of light…

  • Linda K. Fendley

    These are all simply amazing!

  • Linda K. Fendley

    I just checked two of your books out from the library. They are a wealth of informaiton. Wonderful!

  • SNJ

    Thanks so much for that post. I’m in paper engineering heaven!

  • Debbie Chouinard

    My favorite craft is tatting. I love making something beautiful from a piece of string! How cool is that.

  • Rachel

    This is one paper engineering book that is great fun to work through, teaches the principles behind what you are making, and then leaves you with a ready reference guide with completed model. ***** IMHO

  • Inspiring post! I will now pay more attention to papermaking art (instead of focussing mainly on paper manipulation). Mega thanks for the 25 Days of Paper!

  • Linda K. Fendley

    I love your animated tree card with the star on top. I also enjoyed the Zim-Zou Forest of Trees. Thanks for sharing!

  • Claude Aimée

    Hi Helen,
    I’m really enjoying your marathon blog! I LOVE everything paper myself so your blog just feeds me more and more eye candy. Thank you!
    Since you are talking about greeting cards today I just wanted to mention one book that I have and really like: Creative cards, postcards Envelopes and more BY THE BATCH. by Judi Kauffman. (ISBN 13-978-0-8230-4508-2. published in 2006) What I like about this book is that it shows you how to make multiples of the same card while you’re at it, something I never thought about ( duh) She shows how to get organized and make many cards at a time, where you would make only one normally. Great concept and lots of design ideas.
    If you touch the subject of gift wrapping, my favorite book is: Gift Wrapping Creative ideas from Japan by Kunio Ekiguchi (Kodansha InternationalnLtd, 1985. ISBN. 0-87011-768-8).
    Another fascinating topic is the natural collaboration between printmakers and papermakers. I have a book published by the World Print Council (San Francisco) in 1979 entitled Paper -Art and Technology The History and methods of Fine Papermaking with a Gallery of Contemporary paper art. It’s a fascinating book that helps trace the evolution of handpapermaking as used in an art context in the seventies. I bought it on ebay about five years ago. Closer to our times, as moderator of the Yahoo handpapermaking discussion group, I have had the chance to see all sorts of collaborative projects take place (like the annual Swatch Swap project) and many zines where members contribute an article on papermaking. In one of the zine there sas an article about printmaker Maria Arango who teamed up with M.J. Coles (papermaker) to develop the kind of paper she wanted to print her woodcuts. I love all manners of collaborations between artists of different disciplines who get to explore materials amd media that are new to them and expand their vocabulary and their personal production and approach the new media in a new way, giving a new light or new life to an old medium. Cross pollination at its best!
    Keep up the good work!

  • Linda K. Fendley

    Lam Quang and Kestrel Gates paper lights are beautiful!

  • Dagmar

    Here three other artist working mainly with paper who I really like:
    Simon Schubert ( and
    Odine Lang ( – both living in Germany – and Julie Friedmann

  • colleen drew

    I’ve greatly enjoyed the series so far but seem to have missed out on day 19, book arts (above).
    Can you please tell me how to access it.
    Thank you

  • Ayesha

    Helen, thank you so much for this series of blogposts on this amazing range of paper art! Your posts really make my day, and remind me of just how incredible this medium can be… just wanted to thank you for that. 🙂

  • Linda K. Fendley

    The tree with roots is quite interesting. I really like it. Thanks for the art fun you are sending forth each day!

  • Susan Kipp

    What fun this paper ride has been!

  • This has been an amazing series. Looking forward to more!
    I think the last tree image has been created by Peter Callahan.

  • Dagmar

    Hi Helen,
    the tree is made by Peter Callesen ( It’s beautiful, isn’t it?
    Regards from germany

  • Incredible projects! I’m amazed by the working bicycle and also really like the chairs! I’m a bok hoarder and now I can get creative with small projects myself! Thank You for sharing!

  • colleen drew

    I seem to have missed out on blogs 19 and 14. Can’t see them on the website. Can you tell me how I can access them.
    Thank you

  • Making books to give to friends.

  • Linda Draper

    Hi Helen.
    Merry Christmas.
    My favorite holiday craft is making candy and cookies and making up creative packages for the treats I give away.

  • Crafting gift wrapping papers and ribbons …and hoping to make some lighted luminaries like the ones you have on your book.

  • Becky

    I get a little flaky this time of year. I usually start cutting snowflakes after thanksgiving and don’t stop until after Christmas. I hung about 50 of them in my livingroom last year. This year I am incorporating names and putting them on Christmas cards.

  • What a wonderful piece on quilling. Thanks so much for including my work in your post. I am honored to be included with the other quillers. We all have our own unique twist on quilling, and it is all beautiful work. Happy Holidays.

  • Linda

    I remember the press out books. We started there and created our own. Thanks for reminders of what we can do!

  • Linda

    I was just looking at quill kits yesterday at Hobby Lobby. Thanks for posting the basics. The snowflake and Noel are beautiful!

  • I really enjoy reading your blog. I design artist’s books and pop ups, and thought you might be interested in seeing my work on my website.
    Best wishes & thanks

  • Linda K. Fendley

    Thanks so much for sharing this paper “hope” blessings. As we are not feeling very festive this day, your posting was just right. Thank you!

  • anne

    This was just right for this gloomy day, and it brought me a sense of peace. Thank you!

  • Arches Text Wove is my favorite paper. I use it mostly for text blocks for my handmade books, for book covers on small books, and for my calligraphy since the ink does not thread or spread out unexpectedly.

  • Sue Denker

    I love Asian papers for the way they “melt” into whatever they are glued to – layers on a collage, added to a book spine for strength. It always fascinates me and the effect is just what I want.

  • Lee Merrett

    I adore any strong handmade paper that has a degree of translucence. While whites are lovely, there’s something extra delicious about vibrant colours and rich earth tones too.

  • Pam Arthur

    I love Japanese papers. The patterns and colors are fabulous and continue to inspire.
    I also love handmade papers, from those made by beginners to ones made by artists with years of experience because you can see the love that goes into them.

  • Janet Osborn

    My favorite paper is…….do I have to choose one?? Ok, I love Cave papers for their thickness and texture.

  • Hard to pick one favorite paper art. But today let’s go with Joomchi, the ancient Korean craft of felting paper and I am totally inspired by the Jiyoung Chung’s delicious book ” Joomchi & Beyond”.

  • Japanese paper is my fave…worked at a paper factory in Japan for 10 days ..the indigo colored paper was exquisite!

  • Tina Lozada

    I love all papers, but if I have to pick one it would be mulberry paper, because of its long silky fibers and translucency.

  • Guess I managed to misread the question! but will go with mulberry for it’s use in joomchi and its versatility and strength.

  • Well, as a hand-papermaker, my favorite papers are all those that I’ve made myself. I think the question for someone like me is “What is your favorite fiber?”
    And if I had to choose….well, it probably shifts to whatever I’m working on in the moment, and right now, it’s flax. I’ve always loved working with it, I feel like when I stick my hands in the vat full of it that I’ve come home. I’m making paper from my first harvest – paper I will have literally grown from seed.
    PS – Congratulations to Helen! I’ve been following the blog this month (it has been awesome, thank you for introducing me to so many amazing artists!), and for what appears to be a great book!

  • Susan Kipp

    I love Arches text wove. It’s soft, yet tough. It can take ink .watercolor gouache, acrylic. I can tear it, crumple it, wash it, sew it, dye it,etc.

  • As a calligrapher, I use Arches watercolor papers, both hot and cold press, often. And other Arches papers, too. But another real favorite paper for writing on is Canson Mi Teintes, especially the navy blue.

  • I don’t know that I have a favorite type of paper. I like paper crafts but haven’t done enough of them to have picked a favorite paper. At this time of year, the cheerful holiday tissue paper I’m using to wrap presents is my favorite paper.

  • Susan Rochester

    Tough to choose just one. I use papers in alt photo processes. In that context, Arches Platine and Rives BFK heavy are my go-to favs. In bookbinding, gosh. I love Cave papers!

  • Becky Luening

    I love Lokta papers from Nepal for the rich colors and patterns they come in, and their sturdy, cloth-like quality.

  • a. kraus

    Wow, the jewelry is stunning. Thank you for showing these. Choosing a favorite paper is not easy! I’ve been playing with washi tape so let me choose that for today!

  • Check out Leo Monohan he is a dimensional illustrator. Amazing work!

  • Linda

    The feel of movement in these papers is amazing!

  • Linda

    I like the thick mulberry papers because you can leave an impression in them. Their strength lends itself to many uses.

  • Claude Aimée

    I have more than one favorite paper! I love BFK Rives rag paper by Arches, I use it a lot to print on, it’s also great for watercolor and oll paint, very white, without texture and you can soak it in water for a week and it won’t fall apart. And I’ve recycled it and made new sheets of paper with it and it was still good paper. I also LOVE Japanese Gampi, and I love my hand made day lily papers.
    Claude Aimèe Villeneuve

  • Dagmar

    Definitely to be mentioned: Tomoko Fuse, especially her book “Spiral: Origami Art Design”. An just recently folded example of her inventions – the navel shell – you found on my website
    Greetings from Germany

  • Doris

    Origami paper. Fun to use and even therapeutic. My class at the local juvenile hall was working on 1000 cranes. The crane making spread to other boys as well. We ended up donating the cranes to Japan after their devastating earthquake and tsunami.

  • Wow! Thanks for this amazing post. I was already on to Paul Jackson – his “Structural Packaging” is my box-making bible. But I had’t seen these pics. The Gjerde material is awesome, too.

  • Helen,
    Did you ever hear of Golden Venture Paper Folding? The Golden Venture was a boat carrying Chinese immigrants to the USA (not officially), which ran aground. Some of the people died, but some made it to the USA, only to be incarcerated in PA. A local church took up their cause, but many of the prisoners, in order to pass the time, created origami sculptures using a modular origami traditional form that they had learned as kids in China. You can see some of the pieces here:
    Anyway, some of them did eventually get released to live in the USA, though some were deported to other countries. But the orgami technique they did there has become known as the Golden Venture.

  • Becky

    I love Unryu. The look and feel is almost like fabric, but it holds a crease beautifully. Wonderful for folding flowers.

  • At the moment, Japanese paper is my favorite.

  • Linda K. Fendley

    The ball you made with the Alyssa Salamon paper is such a treasure. Thanks again for taking the time to post these for us all!

  • Jim

    The balloon site is a real treat, and Google Translate works pretty well. Thank you for all your holiday posts. So many fun and varied surprises. Well done!

  • Cate Fitt

    Thanks for prompting this memory. My mother and I attended Penland in about 1976 to take a kite and hot air balloon class with Tal Streeter. Our class launched quite a few giant tissue paper balloons that made it over the trees and disappeared into the distance. He used the type of barrel then used at construction sites for warmth.
    Your balloons are beautiful.

  • raven

    It really depends on what I’m doing. I like Rives BFK heavyweight for printmaking, and some books. I love bugra paper, in that dark burgandy color, though I haven’t found a good use for it yet. And I love the abaca paper you make that is almost translucent.

  • Nancy Pike

    I love handmade paper and my current favorite is some I made last summer at Long Ridge Farm with Velma Bolyard. We used day lily leaves for one that even smells green! Also the soft reddish brown of paper made from cedar bark is lovely!

  • Karen

    I like Japanese paper for it’s beauty and uniqueness (to me) but I’ve very much into recycled paper at the moment–anything headed into the recycling container is fair game.

  • I love the colors and textures of Asian paper – I do not know what it is called but it is thicker than Oragami paper with bright colors and metallics – so pretty

  • Vellum is my favorite. I love the transparency and the way it holds a fold. I also love the way it creases and the look of the torn edges.

  • Claude Aimée

    What a beautiful selection of paper stars, Helen. I want to try them all!

  • Claudia

    Your website and activities are perfect for our blizzard today!

  • Linda K. Fendley

    My favorite are the Scandinavia Stars because my Grandmother brought us some from Denmark many years ago. I have several and they are over 70 years old now. Everiy year we take them out of the box I think of her. I will work harder at learning to make these tricky stars. They are like the Froebel’s Star show above in your blog but they are not waxed. Thanks for the “starry ideas”.

  • Linda K. Fendley

    Fun Stuff!

  • Claude Aimée

    My wish for ypur installation: Always feel the flame of Joy burning inside me.
    My wish for you:
    A very merry Christmas surrounded by your loved ones and a Happy New Year!

  • Linda K. Fendley

    These are fascinating! I want to create a square lamp shade for a lamp for my Son. I can’t find a square one anywhere in our area. Any ideas for creating the frame for the handmade shade? Thanks!

    • Linda,
      I’ve always purchased lamp frames from They are in New Hampshire. They have a shade that is four panels, but more trapezoidal (wider at the bottom). Otherwise, if you have a small torch, you can weld/solder a frame.

  • thanks for this commitment to blogging, helen, so much to look at and think about in this month of posts!

  • i’ve had these little rainbow balls for years, and they always enchant my students. i love the text and the image balls, too. not sure about the comfort of the blow sofa, but it looks grand.

  • Linda K. Fendley

    Very Immaginative! Thanks for all the great links.

  • Becky Luening

    Membership in the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild in Arcata, California is open to anyone in the world, and has a tradition of hosting a book exchange every month. Beginning and experienced book artists are welcome to submit a handmade book on a specified theme. Three months have set themes: February (Valentines), September (Second Chance) and December (in which participants make an edition of a holiday card design). Everyone who makes a book gets one in return (via random drawing).

  • I like your blog very much! I myself am a member of That is in the Netherlands. I just participated in a exhibition where you had to bind a book from signatures. I was surprised to find that also people from the States send in a book! So we are sort of international.

  • Thank you, Helen ….
    I have loved, LOVED! every post, each one as juicy, creative, inspiring and informative as the last. Each one an outpouring of your heart and soul.
    Thank you!
    Merry Colorado Christmas, and the happiest new year to you and your family.

  • Susan Kipp

    These paper lights are incredible. I can’t even imagine creating one! Thank you for the posts you sent every day this month. Each one was a gift.

  • Mary C. Leto

    Dear Helen
    What a lovely Christmas gift all your posts have been… cant wait to get the newest each morning…impossible to thank you enough for such a generous sharing of your time and knowledge. I used my Obama luminaria quite often this past year ! Just love it. While looking for interesting photos (just this week) to use for covers for little handmade pocket notebooks I found my pictures taken at the Noguchi Museum – what a coincidence ! ..I think I owe you one.
    You’ve enriched my life, so glad to know you. All my best for the Merriest Christmas ever to you and your family..and much success in your new home,

  • this “intensive” has been very enjoyable, helen, and a huge commitment. (but perhaps not for one who made the non-rectangular shogi panel). thank you for it all.

  • Pat Upton

    Merry Christmas, Helen! I have gotten lovely handmade and/or patterned colored paper at Jerry’s Artarama. But I have gotten blank text weight paper at the office supply stores.

  • Linda K. Fendley

    Merry Christmas Helen! I just received the best gift of all. Our first Grandchild, Felicity Ann, was born at 6:15 this morning. I have a homemade journal I am writing in for her. The homemade journal was made by Cindy Leader who has a page on Facebook and Etsy. She marbles her own paper and does painting on some journals and quality stitching. I will have to post a picture of the journal I am using for my new Granddaughter. They live in Fargo, ND and it has a snowsceen on the front. Just thought I would share this as a way to use homemade journals.

  • Merry Christmas! My favorite paper store here in Ann Arbor, MI is Hollander’s. Love going in there! I have been using paper there to cover small, handmade journals.
    I already follow your blog and will pop over to Facebook to enter my favorite store there.

  • Patty Dorion

    Merry Christmas Helen!! This sounds like a great give away. I usually buy my decorative paper at Jerry’s Artarama and also at The Paper Source in Boston. When I shop for paper I feel like I’m a kid picking out candy, I don’t know which ones to pick!!!
    I am a budding book artist and book binder. Either way, I do love different kinds of paper.

  • L Wallendorf

    Favorite Paper stores
    Online/Mail order:
    Rochester, NY:
    Santa Monica, CA(Japanese paper):
    Local, in person:
    Annapolis, MD:

  • Nina Ardery

    Dolphin Papers in Franklin, Indiana is great in person or online.
    I have much enjoyed your holiday blog.
    Merry Christmas!

  • In Houston I buy Japanese and Italian papers at Paper Source. I buy Arches paper at Art Supply on Main and also buy Rice Paper at Texas Art Supply.

  • Doris

    In San Francisco, I like to go to Flax.

  • happy Holidays! love your December blog, Helen…so much great info!! My fave paperseller is Hiromi Paper right near my house..lucky me!

  • I try to make most of my paper, but my favorite paper places to buy are Flax, Miki’s Paper in Berkeley, Hiromi, Awagami Paper, and the Japanese Paper Place.
    Happy Holidays!

  • I shop for paper at SCRAP in San Francisco. Asian Markets in SF and NYC. I collect found papers from peeling-off posters in Berlin, Germany: where I am now. I look for geological maps, They are large and colorful and their folds can be formatted into hand bound books. Russian and Asian newspapers are also a resource. Most of these cost little to nothing with amazing results. vintage books and postcards are my favorite. Also the free advert post cards in Europe. Great graphics which convert into tags and collages

  • Judy

    Since I’m in a VERY rural area the only place I can find paper in person is at the university bookstores – limited selection but I’ve found some nice stuff. My best deal was when my son was stationed in Korea and his wife would go to the artist quarter in Seoul and get me paper – BEAUTIFUL! By mail I favor Hollanders.

  • Gay Weake

    Merry Christmas! My go-to place for paper is “C” Gray is helpful when I need suggestions and her selection is huge. There are no good stores I’ve found where we live in rural Idaho and the Palm Springs area, so on-line shopping is my best alternative.
    Gay Weake

  • sheila benedis

    I like NYCentral, NYC
    Paper source, eastchester, ny
    I’m enjoying your blog.

  • Thanks everyone for the start of a great list of places to purchase paper!

  • Becky Luening

    Merry Christmas Helen & everyone! I have found Hollander’s to be a great online source for paper. Here in Portland, Oregon, Columbia Arts on East Burnside carries a wide variety of decorative papers. Favorite places to shop for paper in other cities include McManus & Morgan in Los Angeles and All Under Heaven in Arcata, a cultural gift store that carries a nice variety of Lokta papers.

  • a. kraus

    Hello, I enjoyed and appreciated your lengthy paper posts very much! We love to shop or just look at paper at Artists & Craftsmen in Portland, ME. Also like to use any scraps I can collect to collage or sew into unique papers… Thanks!

  • Claudia

    How great to have shared your light each day as the days grew darker! Now we go toward the light! Thank you for those scrumptous posts about paper!!!!

  • i shop here: the morgan conservatory, cave paper, katie mcgregor, papeterie st. armand, the japanese paper place, dan smith and here to home (as they say in the north country) wake robin, my studio!

  • Amy

    I will echo Elena and Michelle and say I love shopping at Hiromi. I don’t dare go without saving up a bit because I love it too much!

  • The closest art store is MishMish in Blacksburg VA and it’s a great store! I also get paper at Michaels. Great idea to compile a list of paper stores.

  • Donna

    Thank you so much for your lovely papery countdown to Christmas! I live in London (England), where you can buy beautiful paper from Falkiner Fine Papers ( and the artists’ cooperative, Atlantis (

  • Cynthia

    I order paper from Dick Blick and Hobby Lobby.

  • I buy paper wherever I come across something interesting when I’m traveling. For calligraphy papers I buy watercolor paper, Canson Mi Teintes and other papers from Daniel Smith in Seattle, John Neal, Bookseller, in North Carolina, and Paper & Ink Arts in Nashville, TN. I also sometimes patronize my local college bookstores, but they are always more expensive and have limited selections.

  • When I see a beautiful piece of paper, I cannot resist it, but I live in a remote area, and make my own paper more often. When ordering from a catalog, I consult Daniel Smith most often.

  • earthpuppy

    When in Atlanta, I like Sam Flax. I have not found a resource for unique handmade paper as yet in Tampa Bay.

  • Francisca

    I normally go to Paper Source here in Southern California…

  • Linda K. Fendley

    Love these. I so want to design a lamp shade.

  • Linda K. Fendley

    Thank you for sharing all these lovely art ideas to enrich our December. Have a wonderful New Year!

  • Linda K. Fendley

    I love to go into Ten Thousand Villages to see their handmade papers. There are usually just a few new ones at a time, but they are delightful. They are usually designs on rice paper. Love that!

  • Cris Ballinger

    Thank you for your wonderful blog, and since I recieved your wonderful book for Christmas, please just consider these additional resources. Lenz Arts in Santa Cruz, CA, Racines in Fort Bragg, CA and anytime I am near a Kelly’s Paper Company, I check out their sale shelf.

  • these are just grand! thank you!

  • Linda K. Fendley


  • Susan Kipp

    These are FAAAAABULOUS! Happy New Year!

  • Happy New Year to all. What fun reading all the comments. I get armloads of different papers at Friends of Dard Hunter Conferences. Its like being a kid in a candy store – Susan Kristoferson paste papers, walnut and indigo dyed flax paper from Cave Papers, Hook Pottery Paper for plant based papers and Helen Heibert flax papers are a few. So many papermakers under one roof -a chance tosample and touch a huge variety. In between I make my own and luckily friends in their travels always bring me home speciality papers.

  • Margaret Rhein

    Since I have been making my own paper for 36 years I have a lot at hand but did recently by some of Asao Shimura’s beautiful papers at the Friends of Dard Hunter’s live auction benefit. Each sheet is more beautiful then the next.

  • daria wilber

    Helen, What a fun post! I’ll try a couple of these this afternoon. Happy 2012 to you and yours!

  • Bev

    Hi Helen
    I love the work of Peter Gentenaar which you show here. I wonder how he gets those lovely colours which fade in and out?

  • Check out the Lost Coast Culture Machine in Fort Bragg, CA
    the heart of the gallery is their paper-making…each week they make paper from clothes the local thrift stores can’t sell, pampas grass, shredded money, etc. The paper they make is wonderful to work on, and their paper-making set up is open to community members. Plus they are cool…I did an installation there this fall and it was total fun.

  • thanks for this, jill’s work is really impressive, i wish i could see it in person.

  • Dagmar

    oh Helen, thank you very much for your report and the presentation of the wonderful work of Jill Powers. It’s a shame that Colorado is so far away from Germany…
    At least I’m now a fresh member of IAPMA. A first browsing through the gallery was very inspiring, too.
    Regards Dagmar

  • Shirah Miriam Aumann (Mimi)

    I absolutely love Jill Powers’ work! It was such a highlight of the exhibit at the joint FDH/IAPMA conference in Cleveland to be able to see Jill’s creation, up close and personal… Her adept manipulation of the fibre of the Japanese Paper Mulberry (kozo) is the most creative I have ever seen. What a treat for both of you that you will now be neighbours and fellow Coloradians. Thanks for featuring this wonderful interpretation and powerful message of Jill’s passion… Mimi

  • Rachel Kopel

    How wonderful to find this posting on your Blog. My friend Sarah Mulholland and I took two Bookmaking as a Spiritual Practice classes with Jill many years ago at Pendle Hill Quaker Study Center. They were magical times. It is a joy to see how her work has progressed. Thank you for this information.

  • I saw her work at the Fiber show in Philly last year. Beautiful.

  • Elizabeth Bolton

    This book looks so enticing, I just ordered it from Powell’s in Portland – I’m so thrilled to be getting it! Love your website and blog.

  • I haven’t had the intern experience but while at school I had the same experience as one of your interns. I took 2 semesters of weaving and really loved it, the yarns, the colors the textures, everything about it EXCEPT, planning and setting up the loom. I just knew I would never have the patience to take the time to prepare everything, yet the very first time I experienced papermaking it didn’t matter to me how long preparation and clean up would be……….it was just my medium!

  • My favorite paper screens and such were made my friend and former studiomate, Sun Young Kang. She usually works with Hiromi paper or hangi over making the work herself, although she has done that sometimes. Check her out here:

  • viviane schupbach

    I love your “Rube Goldberg” approach to making art. You can google Rube Goldberg if you are too young to remember his Sunday Funny Paper drawings.Keep up the good work. V

  • Before I had a studio space, I made paper in my living room on hardwood floors. I covered my work surface (card table) with bath towels. At the corners, towels extended off the table into 5 gallon buckets. It worked. This was when I was hand pressing and drying on the picture window.
    I love your problem solving. Creative thinking happens at every step of the way!

    • Thanks for the comment, Leandra! Your note about towels reminds me of the Shamwow someone gave me a few years ago. They absorb a lot of water! And the idea of channeling water into a bucket is a great one. My old paper press had a tray on the bottom that channeled the water to one corner. A bucket placed underneath caught the water.

  • My basement studio floor is concrete, but is old and pitted and cracked, so I covered it in a seamless piece of vinyl flooring (a remnant). There are no floor drains in my studio, so I work pretty much the same way. I use those ‘sticks’ (mine don’t always match either) over a separate draining vat (and add the water back into the vat periodically), my couching stand sits inside big concrete-mixing vats; ditto for pressing.
    The Studio Guide is excellent! I highly recommend it.

    • Melissa,
      I considered a vinyl remnant! I like the suggestion of putting the couching stand and press in concrete mixing tubs. My next challenge: figuring out a good system for transporting water to the utility sink. I suck the water from the vats and trays into the wet vac, but it isn’t on wheels. I’m guessing there must be one out there…

      • When I taught Portable Papermaking at the Center for Book Arts (NY), we needed to haul all the water to the bindery and then back to the sinks; we used two big plastic bins on furniture movers, one for clean water and one for cleanup. We also lined the wood bindery floor with plastic (it’s on the fifth floor, and there were businesses below!) and then we put flattened cardboard boxes down over it, which made less slippery footing and also absorbed some of the spilled water.

        • BUt what did you do when you got to the sink? Lift the bins? I guess that works okay with two people, but I’m thinking of some sort of syphon system…

          • Oh no, we used pitchers to bail it into two colanders lined with paint strainers to keep the pulp out of the drain. I have something similar I use when I travel to residencies, too difficult to describe here. I’ll send you a photo.
            (I was supposed to put that ‘system’ into the next HP issue, and just nowrealized I missed the deadline!!!)

  • My “new” 4yr old studio does not have drains in the floor so I use a tremendous amount of newspaper…just pile them around where despite valiant efforts to keep the floor dry..drips happen. If hot and sunny (South Carolina) I dry the newspapers and reuse. But my best invention was to use a 1/4″x3 1/2″ piece of wood accross the vat to hold the draining mold and deckle in the center of the vat rather then a stick with the mold hanging over the edge of vat dripping onto newspaper.. I drilled large holes in the wood panel so it drips right back into the vat. I keep a barometor on the wall and a dehumidifier at the ready. I have a small studio with a bookbinding section…. water removal always a challenge.

  • Bridget O'Malley

    I think you need to invent a watersucking “room-bot” to chase after all the drips that inevitably get on the floor. Your solutions are great, by the way,, simple and effective. In the Tim Barrett Japanese papermaking book there is a diagram for a worktable with about a 1” lip at the edge all the way around the table, and a drain hole at one end of the table, with a bucket under the hole. Similar to what you’ve already got, but maybe worth a look.

  • Claudia

    You are so talented and creative! I love looking at your work. Best of luck at the event.

  • daria

    Helen, Cannot wait to meet up in California! CODEX is just a few days away!

  • when i built my press i had a drain tray built around the bottom plate with a hose to direct the water into a bucket or into the garden. this helps.
    Also, a wet dry vacuum is invaluable

  • Marel Kalyn

    Hi Helen, Enjoyed today’s blog (which I linked to from facebook for the info on Codex show). Sure would love to go to that! But, in lieu, have just now officially subscribed to this blog, so will look forward to what you tell us about your experiences at Codex. I like the way you weave into the narrative how you got started/your history, your experiences with other papermakers, the aside about wallpaper, and especially like that you also talk about other papermakers/book artists (looking forward to going to websites of the marbled paper artist). Have a great time and lots of sales at Codex! I have decided to buy Playing with Paper first and add a few others gradually to my collection. I’ll either order it from Powell’s or from your website store.

  • Hi Helen,
    Another solution for the floor paint is “pool paint” I have used it to make 3 x 4 foot paper dyeing trays. This keeps the water in a wooden vat especially well.
    Thanks for all of the beautiful images and ideas!
    Susan Kristoferson

  • no secrets, but thank you for the report from codex. i love hearing how it went for you, i’ve had friends go in the past who have barely broken even and found it as you said stimulating and exhausting.

  • Codex was wonderful for me. I tried to dedicate my time to seeing other work and finding inspiration. I definitely came away with new ideas and structures. It was challenging to stay focused though. I realized that I will have to use handmade paper for my next book (and will be testing a sheet of Tim Barrett’s)- that an arches or hahnemuhle just isn’t going to cut it. I like how you find so many ways to create possibilities for your work. It isn’t just about sales that happen at the fair but about the conversations and future possibilities. Some of my best and continuing clients were established at Codex in previous years.

  • Your book is my major source of information. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and inspiration.

  • Great post, Helen. I love how you run with inspiration.

  • i was so glad when papermaking with plants was published. and i still love the format you used. i actually refer to both books on occasion, and recommend them to my students. the companion is a good text, and i can imagine it being very helpful for setting up a mill. but i particularly love papermaking with plants.

  • Very nice! I am looking for this type of info and sometimes I get lucky like today…:-). Thanks for your post.

  • Betty Kjelson

    I can see that I’m missing a lot in the field of handmade paper but guess that I should be happy that I’ve been doing it since 1979 and am still going strong. Always learning new things and meeting new challenges. I just don’t make money!. Betty KJ

  • wonderful to see such grand student work! and tawney was one of our icons when i was a fiber student in the 70’s. she was always making amazing NEW work…

  • daria

    OH MY! absolutely fantastic art!

  • Pa

    Sounds like a great trip. I am jealous that you saw an exhibit of Lenore Tawney’s work. She has been an inspiration for me too.

  • Jesper Heine

    Hello Helen!
    You mybe will like to se other curved folds.
    Take a look here:
    My last project;
    Curved tessellation lamp
    Have I posted on (6 photos)
    (click on the image to see the next photo)
    And the Danish origami association’s website (3 photos):
    (click on images to view full size).
    Here is also a photo of a couple of my previous work/lamps:
    Sincerely / Best regards
    Jesper Heine

  • Jordan Taylor

    I noticed this recent visit by the artist Paul Johnson after I had pulled down a piece that we had on the walls of our home and read the inscription on the back. The inscription reads “the landscape of dreams stretches to the limit of the imagination, Paul Johnson 88″… the piece itself is a shadowbox and is very reminiscent of the works displayed by the artist on this site. So, my question is this, could it be that we have an earlier work by Paul Johnson, who subsequently explored making pop-up books? I can provide pictures of the work in question, as well as the inscription, if you can provide any information on the origins of this piece it would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Jordan Taylor.

    • Jayme McCary

      We’re you ever able to find anything on this. I recently came upon one myself with an inscription on the back “can afternoon light visualize the mystery of moonlight?” And again signed Paul Johnson 88’. I’m having trouble finding a true history to the piece.

  • those old fashioned doilies, the plastic ones, make nifty watermarks.

  • Pa

    I wish I could see the books. I machine stitch paper to wire and reed all the time in my kinetic sculptures. It’s one of my favorite “cold connections.”

  • If you’re in the Bay Area, you can buy Thread Loves Paper at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore on College Avenue in Berkeley.

  • Megan Welch

    I think I want to grow up to be like Andrea and Jon, haha!

  • Sue Elfin

    I’ll be there!

  • Shirah Miriam Aumann (Mimi)

    I simply LOVE this post!!! First of all, I love dandelions and their fragile beauty – and how they travel the world like wanderers, putting down roots here and there (and mostly everywhere!)… I look forward to the development of this project – particularly the collaborative community aspect of it! Another ‘Helen’ project on the horizon – such fun!! Nice to couple the “wishing” focus to the project as well – don’t we all have wishes! Mimi

  • I wish for a reina hollandar beater of my very own!

    • Jody :). GREAT wish, and now that you’ve made it public, perhaps you can figure out how to make it come true! This is one thing I’m thinking about wishes… if you write them down or speak them aloud, they are that much closer to becoming a reality!

  • Dawn Wohlford

    I love your idea! I, too, spend a great deal of time thinking through my artwork before finally (and it always feels like FINALLY) creating them. Thanks to one of your blogs I found and purchased “Wish Paper”. I bought some for my sister who is going through a divorce and some for me. I think that taking the step to write down the wish helps the wisher really clarify what is desired and letting it go gives the wish ‘wings’ to go out and seek what is needed. I really value your posts and your willingness to share what you’ve learned.

  • Beautiful work and beautiful thinking, as usual! I look forward to seeing the finished piece as well as – hopefully – more work in progress photos. Hardening dandelion seed heads is a mind-boggling idea!

  • Gina Pisello

    Have you seen the Seed House on Ted Talks Architectural series? You can find it on Netflix, or maybe the Ted Talks website. It is stunning and would give you some more inspiration for your wonderful looking project.

  • Hi Helen,
    Amber and Wendy from EFEC tell me their boys really enjoy the paper class. I’m the Marketing Manager at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, we would love to have you here for a family workshop some time. Would you have any interest? I follow your posts but I don’t think I actually have your email, let’s connect and chat about it when you have some time.

  • Papermaking was an important part of my teaching experience (retired after 35 years and continued residencies for another 10 years). I developed a buddy pulp painting experience for very special arts festivals where kids poured pulp around their hands onto large sheets of paper. The sheets were sponge pressed and wet vacuumned to expedite drying. During my 40 plus years I’ve worked with all ages and abilities. In working with visually impaired we used different water temperatures to make the process more meaningful. At times I had kids create mini deckles with strips of cardboard. In May I will provide papermaking experiences at a shelter for battered women and children.

  • Marel Kalyn

    Your after school program with kids sure brings back memories of my days with TAG, and Gifted Education plus MARKLYNE Papermaker in Residency Program I patterned after Artist in Schools Program (which I also did in Lane County). Coincidentally, I got the use of a slide scanner this month, so am scanning slides from ARTQUAKE and all the above I did with kids, so will try to post a few on fb or send you some. Am on way out door, but briefly, one thing the kids loved was overcouching-first couching a full sheet, then laying various ribbons, or other papers, tissue papers that bled, then topping it off with a piece with one or more windows formed either by holding a stencil or cookie cutter on the screen while dipping the screen in the pulp, or using tape on screen to achieve the window in top layer. I used cookie cutters often to make various shaped windows that the objects could be seen through. So hard to explain in words-photo will show you better. Also they loved the papercasting I did with the Brown Bag Cookie Molds and Rycraft Swedish Cookie Molds, and I also went to candy supply houses, and bought all kinds of plastic candy molds to use for casting paper. Also molds for plaster casting to make a small frameable. The small cookie mold casts were also used later to embellish the book covers of the books we made. Plus many more things I did with them – pockets, packets, and miniature folios. I definitely miss being able to do it. You’re right, they are creative! Bye!

  • I know what you mean about exhausting! I teach paper arts to kids too but in my own studio, which is great although it’s a pain having to clear up my own work weekly to fit them in. I agree: origami has always worked well, as has paper making but I’ve also had great success with marbling and making simple books. We’ve made pamphlets, oriental bindings and even Coptic bound books with older kids. We made “wagon train” books i.e. an accordion fold book with a folded-up bottom edge which enabled the kids to draw and cut out characters (often animals or dinosaurs) to slip into the books, changing positions to make a narrative. We also made stained glass paper: grated wax crayons sprinkled between two layers of freezer paper and ironed to melt the wax.
    Anyway, it sounds as if you’re having fun and the output is great!

  • It is my favorite medium to work with! Both thread and paper. I’m so happy to have found your website! I have the japanese inflatable ball and want to make lots of them for an upcoming installation I have in mind and while googling it your website came up and now you’ve inspired me to make lots of other things! Thank you!

  • i teach emotionally disturbed kids in a special education program in new york state. one very successful program i co-designed was within the adirondack curriculum project, called blue line books. this teamed my class (8 students) with the middle school art teacher’s hand picked group of 20 kids. i trained my students to make paper in our classroom. we then hosted the other students in a day long workshop that began with adventure based counseling style bonding exercises, class discussion of what the blue line is (the imaginary line around the adirondack forest preserve), and continued with making paper (blue threads were a part of their cattail and daylily and abaca papers), then sharing lunch as a group, and then book making in the afternoon. the students were able to come into my classroom individually to retrieve their papers and i assisted them in building books. the resulting extra was a bonding that occurred between “regular” and “special ed” students, that outlasted the project. by empowering my students to teach the others, their peers perceived them in a different way and bridges were built.

  • I wish I could have been there! Doesn’t look like you all got all of the snow we were getting on Monday. Your parties sound like tons of fun and I love all of the photos you included here.

  • Shirah Miriam Aumann (Mimi)

    I have been a subscriber of Hand Papermaking Magazine for many years – in fact, I have every issue since the very beginning, and all the newsletters as well. I love the magazine for its valuable resource information. I use it like a reference library and re-read my issues time and again. I actually like to get on the trail of a specific quest, knowing I will find it somewhere in my Hand Papermaking Magazine library. I anticipate each issue and put everything on hold until I have at least scanned through, to be devoured later!! Yes, I LOVE Hand Papermaking Magazine!! ♥ Mimi

  • lkfend

    I sprayed a dandelion seed head one year back in 1976 and kept it for a year in a vase. It was such a thrill to see how delicate it was and to look at the individual seeds and think about what it would become….its own “next dandelion”. I love your ideas and the way you value each individual person and thing. I love your paper club work with the kids.

  • Lovely feature Helen, Jenny’s work is stunning.
    I’d love to show you around my work one day …
    Facebook: Joanna Gair Paper is a good intro.
    Let me know if you’d like some info xx

  • Shirah Miriam Aumann (Mimi)

    Great blog post!! I love it when each student can have their own work station, with mould/deckle, vat and couching board! They do indeed have a great papermaking facility at the community college! Mimi

  • Susan Rochester

    What a great journey, Helen! I love Santa Fe, and get homesick for it even though I’ve never lived there.
    I had the privilege of taking papermaking from Margaret Prentice in a one week intersession class when I was a student at the University of Oregon. We met for at least 8 hours a day for a full week. It was amazing. On the second day, I couldn’t figure out why my whole body hurt–then realized it was from the physical exertions we’d gone through the day before! It was one of the most intense and worthwhile experiences I’ve gone through.

  • daria

    this looks absolutely wonderful!

  • […] with a different binding style taught ever day. The workshop culminates in a very special offering, internationally-renowned book artist Paul Johnson is visiting us all the way from the UK for the final day to teach the kids all about the artistry […]

  • Oh My…. Jenny’s work is beautiful…and so much accomplished…makes me feel like a slug.
    Very inspiring to see the love she puts into her papers…thanks for sharing Helen… guess
    I’m more of a dreamer then a doer…Mary

  • Sue Nuti

    Helen, Artistically Speaking was a great radio talk show. Loved every minute! Keep up the good work.

  • Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing, Helen. It looks like you had fun.

  • …just gorgeous work, thanks so much for sharing. Some brilliant inventions there for sure, and so tidy!!

  • Plane Tree Paper Studio in Hobart Tasmania – superb initiative teaching workers with profound disabilities to recycle local office waste into corporate Christmas cards, wedding invitations etc.
    The Makers’ Workshops in Burnie Tasmania is Australia’s largest handmade paper studio. Gorgeous set up (I’m a little biased as their former manager) with lots of studio space for other disciplines too.

    • Thank you Joanna! I hadn’t heard of Plane Tree. Cool! And I hope to see the ‘new’ (to me) Maker’s Workshop. Some day I will return to Tassie. Can’t wait!

  • Nancy House

    I could read your letters,…. such skill… I am always amazed when I see the work on your blog.

  • Joanna Gair

    I could read your letters Helen, thanks once again for an inspiring blog…stunning images, mind blowing patience!

  • Linda Draper

    Helen; Ilze was so much fun to work with at the Picante Paper Studio here in San Antonio. She had wonderful ideas and seemed to soak up every tidbit about papermaking and book arts that she could while she was here. We’ve kept a correspondence too and I greatly admire her ambition and dedication to her work and sharing the joy of hand papermaking. I hope you two can work out a collaboration soon.

  • Marel Kalyn

    I recently found Marieke de Hoop of Rotterdam, Nederland on Facebook. Having lived in Holland for 3 years total, I enjoyed seeing how much she is doing there with her studio – teaching, paper and book related events, and all the papermakers and book artists that appear on her Timeline and website. Both of which are filled with beautiful photographs of her own and others’ work, especially great close-ups of a variety of local plants they used for pulp. I recently shared her photo of vegetable papyrus from Esther’s Handmade Papers Studio, that was the most translucent I’d ever seen even more so than Fred Siegenthaler’s carrot paper that I had also posted a few months earlier. I know you will enjoy her page and site.

  • Helen, you’ll love Latvia! I have a dear friend in the USA who is Latvian and she invited me to her wedding just outside Riga back in about 1995. I guess it’s changed a lot in the almost-20-years since I was there but I bet the stunning Art Nouveau architecture, the market gardens and the wonderful people are still the same… I feel romantic about Riga still, partly because I met a wonderful man there but was married and didn’t do anything about it! Ilze sounds amazing and I am sure you’ll have a wonderful trip.

  • Heather

    Hi Helen, I live in Midcoast Maine (Rockland)and am a raw beginner at papercutting/crafting. I don’t get to Portland very often, but now I know where I want to stop when I do: Powells bookstore! I have a couple of your books… got my eye on several others. Thank you! 🙂
    Heather HYnd, Rockland Maine

  • i realy enjoyed the lesson paper qulling methed thank you…….

  • Marel Kalyn

    Really enjoyed seeing these wonderful pieces created by your students in your June 2013 Abaca Workshop at OCAC, Helen! Looks like everyone had a lot of fun!

  • Very excited to be inspired by you talented ladies! Congrats!

  • Linda K. Fendley

    I love this idea! I bought 2 copies of your book and gave one to a very creative friend. We are going to do a project from the book. I told her it was an investment in our creative friendship!

  • Do you teach classes? Or provide mentoring?

  • rhas

    i am currently experiencing a wonderful residency in harrington, ME at golden apple. they house 4 artists for 2 two week sessions each summer. typically the artists are painters, writers, or photographers, but 2 years ago they ventured into papermaking with sally rose. this year and second session (july 27-aug. 10)i have been able to set up a pretty workable paper studio! the experience has been terrific. check out their residency at

  • Oh WOW! What a super place!

  • Burning question. Why, in the Queen Anne’s lace photo is it wrapped in paper? Thanks.

  • I see your alphabet letters. This is a really interesting study-site with some fantastic work. I am new to origami. I have just discovered work by Joef Albers who taught origami but using circular paper. I also have an interest in type and typographic form.
    Is there a digital aspect to the projects illustrated?

    • Philip,
      No, as far as I know there is not any written instructions for these letters. I made it up myself! I had proposed to have it as a project in my next book, but the idea was nixed by my editors. Happy cutting! — Helen

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  • this looks fantastic, helen, and congratulations!

  • Thank you, Ms.Heibert, for this beautifully detailed description of the drawings, differing from her etching. Timing so perfect for Sarah’s opening on Thursday.

  • lorna Sue

    quilling is an amazing technique…

  • Helen,This sounds like a ton of fun. What a great venue! Thank you for posting this experience. I did a Fab Lab a couple weeks ago in Manitou with folks of all ages using the Arnold Grummer medium dip molds. It was a blast. Don’t you love to see someone’s eyes light up when they make their very first sheet of paper?

  • OMG! I have never been to Portland and have never seen the book machine, but, YIKES! I am smitten!

  • The HARK paper has a deckled edge and is not perfectly rectangular.
    I think the other side of the paper would look snake-skin-y.
    I love the idea of this project

  • #1 The handmade paper has an uneven edge.
    #2 The colors other side of the weaving are probably the opposite of what is pictured.

  • It looks to me that you wove the yellow strips, then removed a section from each visable portion. The reverse side wouldn’t show the ‘windows’ that were cut on the front, so it would have solid yellow sections against the blue background.

  • 1. The texture and the decked edge on the bottom.
    2. I think the yellow sections on the back are solid. I think you cut squares out of the ones on the front.

  • The blue squares are cut out of the yellow paper. The back looks like the opposite of the woven pieces, without the cut-out squares!

  • Janet Osborn

    Nice work–inspirational in fact!
    I think you cut windows in the yellow paper which was woven into the blue paper, mimicking the shape of the wavy yelllow rectangle, thus exposing more of the blue below.
    I hope I win!
    Thank you so much for your posts. I look forward to them.
    Janet Osborn
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Janet got it right, I believe. You cut rectangles into the yellow paper so that the blue paper looks through like little windows. Since one can’t see those windows at the back it is just a negative form without yellow windows. Would look nice if you had cut rectangles into the blue paper though 😉

  • I love the texture of this paper. It makes me want to caress it. I think it shows that it’s handmade because of the uneven dying (which makes it more interesting) and because of it’s uneven edge.

  • Pat Upton

    Your handmade (and yummy) paper has a deckle edge and the reverse of the blue and yellow weaving is solid yellow against the blue? Maybe?

  • Well I was going to guess that the yellow strips had slits cut in them and a small piece of the gray paper woven through, but I see it’s actually just windows cut in the yellow. 🙂
    I love creativity challenges like this! Looking forward to keeping track of you and your journey.

  • Carole Carlson

    I can see the texture in the paper; that suggests to me that it is handmade.

  • I love how your lampshades turn even subtler when the light is on.
    I know this isn’t a sophisticated choice, but I love the translucency of patterned vellum. I had one with tiny stars in it once. So pretty.

  • These are marvelous Helen! Love watching your variety. BTW, Web Paint is a wonderful art store. I so liked going there when I lived in Minneapolis…..I miss it.

  • Janet Osborn

    Favorite papers? Too many to name. Right now I am enjoying marbled papers I created on thin mulberry paper.

  • Shirah Miriam Aumann (Mimi)

    Before I was a papermaker, I was a weaver – so I am very intrigued with all the examples you are coming up with. It will be with great anticipation as we go through the entire series with you…
    I have a book of braille if I can put my hand on it – and will send you some pages to play with. (Since I am packing for a move, things are not where they were – and I am sure you know what I mean with your recent moves.)
    Banana is my favourite fibre to work with – and it is such a surprise to see all the many forms in appearance it can take, depending on the process and time spent at various stages of the process.
    Keep surprising us, Helen! Mimi ♥

    • Mimi, I would LOVE the braille if you come across it, but totally understand if you don’t! Maybe it will be one of those happy accidents now that you’ve brought it up. Thanks, as always, for your kind words and best of luck with the move! I do know how stressful that is.

  • I so enjoy reading your posts. This weaving project brought back memories of when I used to weave paper as a child and again as an adult dabbling with what to do with the lovely Japanese paper (both mass and hand produced) that I had. You have inspired me to do so again. Once the floors in the house are done and I have my workspace back I will be able to spread out all the papers I have collected and be able to choose the ones with which I will be working. I am very much looking forward to that! I am also looking forward to your future posts in this and all other amazing projects.

  • Lou Kroner

    I especially liked the contrast provided by the sandpaper against the Thai paper. (I was trying to figure out what that “mystery” paper was before reading your description!)

  • The variety of papers and your methods for cutting them so that they can be woven to enhance both of the papers you’ve used is exciting. I keep looking at your cut lines, trying to figure out how you thought about the imagery inherent in those with images. I also find the way you cut the papers without images delightful.

  • Janet Osborn

    Circle woven into circles! I love it.

  • Anne Dunlevie

    I have a very fond memory of a special dinner with the Governor of Nagasaki and his lovely wife in 1986. I would be leaving my post in the prefectural government soon and they wanted to honor my two years of service there. We dined with an esteemed Geisha in the oldest restaurant in Nagasaki (400 years old)and when we were leaving others clad in spring kimono walked us out click clacking on the stones and holding “kasa” oiled umbrellas over our heads in the light rain. I love that you used that paper in one of your weavings.

  • Linda Fendley

    These are fascinating! Yes, setting that daily purpose and working on it, is such a lovely way to charge up your creative side. I feel enriched with your work. When I have done daily creative goals, I am exhilarated. Thanks for sharing these with us. You have encouraged me to take the next step in my paper work.

  • Paper Mojo is a great place to buy paper online. You might want to add a link to to your Pinterst board.

  • Linda Fendley

    Love all these paper weaving…you inspire me!

  • June Nessler

    Awesome & beautiful. All of your pieces intrigue me. Thanks for sharing.

  • Marel Kalyn

    Since I’m an armchair traveller nowadays, I so appreciate your sharing all of these experiences, names of people you’ve met that I can visit virtually eventually, names of unusual papers, and creative activity (both yours and theirs).
    Your posts, blogs, and newsletters enrich my world.
    Thank you.

  • Finally got them all up!!
    You were amazing this week, Helen!!

  • tricia harding

    I no longer see the images when you send out the blog. Is this true of others?

    • Helen

      Tricia, sorry I didn’t get this note until now…? Is it working now? You can always click on the title link which will take you to the actual blog. Helen

  • These paper weavings are so unique and wonderful.

  • Barbara Burt

    Your weavings look relatively easy and simplistic at first look, however, the skill it takes to match the contrasting papers and make them look appealing to the eye, is very evident and amazing.

  • Wyn Flo

    These are beautiful and I love how you do a new one each day. I am making a paper quilt and would love to be in touch with others who are interested in this art form. Wyn Flo

  • Pam

    This give away looks fabulous to a paper junkie like me! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • I love the interplay between the papers in your weaving project. It has caused me to look at extra paper from projects or scrap strips differently as I now see the potential they hold as design elements if woven into another sheet.

  • Elizabeth

    I have done “challenge” projects in the past – in particular, one I call “Opus” in which I made an 11″ x 11″ piece of calligraphy daily for 175 days – it’s been a wonderful resource and was a terrific training experience. I am enjoying watching your process – thanks for sharing!

  • Claudia Daniel

    I simply love paper. I try to make paper. I teach kids about paper. I would love to win this paper.

  • Sue Nuti

    Helen, your paper weavings are gorgeous. What inspiration!! I must get started on my own.

  • I am a paper junkie and create unique books with unusual papers..what a lovely giveaway!

  • lkfend

    These papers and paper weavings are absolutely wonderful. I have been saving scarps of paper to do some weaving and would love to win this give-away. (I lost a box full of saved papers to a flooded basement. It was some of my favorite: whites, off-whites, beige colors, neutrals.) Started over…hoping to collect scraps for an idea for a dandelion paper weave. Your blog is inspiring! Thanks

  • Carole Carlson

    I just started following the project about a week ago, and I’m really enjoying seeing all that you are doing. I’m developing a real interest in specialty papers.

  • Cyndi from White Salmon

    Helen – It has been inspiring to see the range of weaving styles and formats as well as the vast array of extraordinary papers from all over the world. THanks for Sharing. Cyndi S. ( OCAC – PDX grad)

  • Barbara A. Bradley

    There are so many beautiful papers!I’m amazed at your combinations! Helen,you make it look impossibly easy. Thanks for the brain food. Barbara

  • Wow, Helen, you are creating such an amazing series of weavings, and the papers you are using are all gorgeous and beautifully made….
    maybe someday I will organize this chaotic house and make room for paper art once again….

  • I love how these paper weavings seem to defy their 2-dimensional source. They remind me of kaleidoscopes!
    Also, I too was fortunate in having the opportunity to visit Jang Ji Bang. What an amazing place! I still have paper I purchased from there waiting for a project.

  • Gina Pisello

    Love theway you highlight each paper in the weaving process. I am also enjoying working my way through your book, Playing with paper.

  • Karen

    I think all of them are gorgeous and inspirational. I really like the one picturing a bird on a branch. And the dimness of the moon is pictured just so perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • I love that you’re mixing fancy paper and pedestrian paper (e.g. the one with the map in it)!

  • miss polly

    oh, i am a hungry paper maven and me and my magpie leaning would so love to win this little parcel.
    thanks for the chance, polly

  • Thery McKinney

    It’s fascinating how paper is always different and yet amazingly the same.So many opportunities.

  • Pat Upton

    The diversity and your creativity are what intrigue me the most! Love all 100 X 100 paper weavings!

  • Dawn Stetzel

    Hi Helen. What a great assignment/exercise you have given yourself! My absolute favorites are the weavings with the prints by Alyssa Salomon! Part of the reason is that the weaving in these works seem to have more of a strong partnership with the base paper….more direct interaction between the weaving and the base paper….for me anyway this is exciting. And I see they are both sold too! Marvelous!

  • Laurel DeFreece

    Helen, Your Pieces are amazing. I recently took my first papermaking class at Arrowmont. Claudia Lee was our instructor.She was wonderful! We had a ball. I left so inspired! What a GREAT CLASS and experience.
    I’m in an Art Show this weekend and I’m going to show 4 of my pieces for the first time.
    I bought your book, The Papermaker’s Companion.I have found the book very helpful and inspirational. Thank you! Laurel DeFreece

  • You have really taken paper weaving to a new level. I love them all. I guess what intrigues me about your project is how different they all are and how you keep coming up with new ideas. Amazing! I’d love to win the paper package – what inspiration that would be.

  • Rachel Kopel

    I so enjoy your long projects. You are right, it is like being in flow, in the beginning you may feel you are running out of work, but then the second wind lifts you higher. There is so much to learn by repeating a process. Thanks for the reminders.

  • I love that this is an extended project and fully documented. I really like the variety of cutting patterns and the mixture of solids and patterns. Who knew that paper could be beautiful!

  • The strongly shaped weavings billow with feelings and intentions!

  • lkfend

    I have so enjoyed this 40 day adventure.
    Love the hot air balloon weaving and the keys with the heart. You inspire.

  • I love the golden leaves on emerald, and am glad to know these papers are readily available. In fact, I am astounded at the variety of decorative paper available. I need to get out more.

  • Your weavings have inspired me to add a little more to my own work. I would love to win the paper scraps. They’d be fabulous for making my pop-up books. Thanks!

  • Hi Helen,
    Loved seeing the video of Korean papermaking at Jang ji Bang and I’m enjoying returning to see the variety of papers and surprising combinations you are creating on your paper weavings project. xo

  • Hi Helen,
    I especially love the stockings weaving, as it also reminds me of that, stockings hanging by the fireplace…
    I also love the Hiromi red/lovely Tom Leech hearts weaving….. gorgeous!
    Hope you have a lovely week,

  • Check out the lovely digital snowflake designs on scrapbookgraphics / studiogirls for inspiration for other designs. GREAT idea, can’t wait to execute for holiday gifts!

  • Virginia Cook

    Love paper like everyone here and would love to win this. Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Michele

    What remarkable weavings. It would be an honor to work with these paper scraps.

  • daria

    lantern kit is a great idea.

  • I have no words left for what you are doing. Wondrous, amazing, spectacular, fabulous…..

  • Betsy Riddell

    Helen – this last one today reminds me of waves on a beach. All these weavings just knock my socks off. They are wonderful. Thank you. You brighten my days.

  • I have your book and LOVE it! It’s soo creative, and the illustrations are beautiful.
    I LOVE paper as I’m an artist who works in all media,including collage. I bought your book after I saw some of your work online.
    “Color and I are One”, Paul Klee
    Thanks for this opportunity to receive papers!
    Barbara Reiser, aka Bobbie

  • Leticia

    Dear Helen nice work, I like it a lot!! PS in this case the printer didnt do a good job, but the paper and the fibers that I used on that print are very special, done with a lot of work and treat like chinese did 2000 years ago 🙂

  • Barbara Burt

    Bravo Helen, this is a great group of weavings.!

  • Mary C Leto

    Just cant beleive you’ve made so many beautiful pieces …your commitment to the project is amazing. I love everyone but when seen as a whole series again amazing. I was tempted to try some of these weavings with my grandchildren – at their suggestion we used a paper grocery bag and wove in supermarket vegtable ads so the bag looked full of produce… it was wonderful. The children were surprised at their work..and I was glad to keep them occupied. -and the possibilites ! Thanks Helen for all you share. It is very much appreciated. Mary

  • I can’t wait to see what else you come up with! Always an adventure!

  • Linda Draper

    Thanks for doing this again, Helen. I always learn so much.

  • Claudia Daniel

    The new/old linen item is so beautiful with it’s natural colors!

  • Archangelo Spumoni

    Oooh! I know, I know! Alas, I think I’m disqualified though

  • maini

    i love art craft…mainly paperquling…i make so many things for your nice post…it help me…

  • Hi!
    I am enjoying your weaving project. Georgie Cunningham is a hand papermaker who does fabulous work.

  • Archangelo Spumoni

    Hey Helen,
    Check out Patti Quinn Hill’s stunning baskets woven from paper.

  • Elnajean

    Helen, I send you an email, which was returned. How do I email you without it being a public document in the social networking arena?
    I receive you posts on my email address and enjoy them. Indeed,
    and have a folder so that I can look at them again and at times show your art to new acquaintances who cannot imagine paper as an art form. Would not want he/she to remain unaware of a art medium that is amazing.

  • The only paper engineer I know is YOU Helen 🙂
    I have so enjoyed receiving the daily 100 weavings into my email inbox, with their array of textures, shapes and colours.
    This one is so delightful with it’s strong contrasts – the colours & textures but moreover that both papers are from so very far away: two continents interweaving . Love that.
    Thanks for your artmaking.

  • My favorite book of papercut examples is the catalog from the exhibition, “Slash: Paper Under the Knife,” from MAD. You can see some examples of the exhibition and follow a link to order it here:

  • Barbara Burt

    Dear Helen:
    This is probably your most beautiful weaving. Happy Holidays to you and Yours.
    Barbara Burt

  • i love this post Helen – and am going to try the snowflakes 🙂 thanks so much. and HO HO HO to you.

  • Sarah Coenen

    I shop at various craft stores for paper. I’m a bit boring, Hobby Lobby is usually my choice, but in our area I’m very limited. I also have friends who order online who’ve gifted us paper in the past for birthday or other special occasions. This book looks GREAT! We are a military family and are moving to a new base in the New Year. My 8 year old son LOVES to play with paper, his most recent endeavor being Moravian stars. He would love having this book to work with while we’re ‘fitting into’ our new home. Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014!!!!

  • Manna

    This looks great. Will there be any how-to’s or patterns included or just photos and bios of artists? Thank you!

  • Wow!…these look amazing!….i will definately be looking for this book 🙂

  • Claude Aimee

    Hi Helen,
    I love all the things you make out of paper and these two pop ups are fun, too. I’m looking forward to trying them out!

  • Maryruth Ginn

    I have taken Carol’s workshops and love her. Her books are the best. I think I have three. Great choice of a featured artist.

  • It looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  • I love seeing your creations and appreciate your sharing them. They are inspiring!

  • Emily Tuttle

    Thanks for the template . I made some in red and used them as decorations on a table for a Valentine’s party.

  • lovely post, thank you for sharing your wonder and respect. it’s apparent that this place has made a deep impression on you.

  • Love this post Helen! There is something elemental about working with plant materials which become tools! I teach a workshop on making yucca brushes, based on what I learned from a wonderful native american man I met down in Mesa Verde. The process and ancient design are so compelling.

  • Dennis E. Morris

    Thanks for posting. Next time I travel to New Mexico I must go to Acomo Pueblo. My wife and I have visited several Pueblos but not Acoma. We have a pot from the Pueblo of Maria and her son. One of the last ones she created with her son.

  • Pat Schwab

    That was really cool. My son made a pop up book for a Reading Rainbow contest when he was in grade school and he won. He used a book on how to make pop ups from the library to help figure out the mechanics.

  • Truly amazing, can’t wait to see the complete package.

  • Pat Schwab

    How exciting for you. Congratulations, can’t wait to see more.

  • Paula Mance

    Awww, really sweet!

  • I enjoyed the Tucson Festival of Books this past weekend, and had the good fortune to attend a presentation by Robert Sabuda, one of my favorite paper engineers. (I love Shawn’s work too!! And he has also visited Tucson, and taught a weekend workshop here a few years back.)
    Anyway, Sabuda’s mostly white designs are some of my favorites, as is his Wizard of Oz, with the wonderful spinning tornado!
    Mary Ellen

  • Helen

    That’s wonderful Mary Ellen. I love Sabuda’s work too and got to interview him for Playing With Pop-Ups. He’s very kind and generous. I love the fact that he employs students from his alma mater, Pratt Institute, and the pop-ups keep coming!

  • Ej

    I already on your email newsletter. However, I did not see the download of the pattern for the butterfly book.
    Perhaps I missed it.

  • Sue Williams

    Thank you Helen for so generously sharing the template for this lovely butterfly book. I have just completed the book and will photography it in the morning and send a picture to share. I am thrilled with how it turned out! Warm regards from Sue in South Africa!

  • Sue Williams

    Excuse my ignorance! How can I send a photo of the Butterfly book to you? Sue

  • Paula Mance

    Ive always had a fantasy of doing a 10′ crane origami.
    I wish I knew how to slow done the vid just a bit to see it better!
    Thanks for sharing this.

  • Helen O'Connor

    Do you know what material was used to pour and dry large sheets on?

  • Barbara Burt

    Dear Helen:
    Your wedding ring is beautiful and the knots are lovely, simple in a way, but I’m sure that they are challenging to do.

    • Thank you, Barbara. I love the beauty of the simplistic knots. There was definitely a challenge in figuring out how to edition these, and also in laying the knots down on a wet sheet of paper!

  • […] Fine artists and bookbinders use Cave Papers and there are customized papers created for unique projects. When I was interning they were making sheets for wallpaper for an interior designer. Recently they completed a 30 x 30 foot sheet of flax paper for artist Sipho Mabona to fold into a 10 foot origami elephant (you can read more about the project on Helen Hiebert’s blog). […]

  • Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your next post
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  • wow , very very nice and exciting video ! thanks for sharing, and good luck, I hope to meet you soon Mrs. Helen! -Paolo-

  • catie cooper

    like a lot

  • Hello Helen: What a marvelous approach to the paper arts/book arts. Loved the video, flowers and paper bricks. I look forward to next Sunday’s post.

  • Sue Selbie

    thanks for sharing

  • Congrats Helen! YOU are just on FIRE these days!!
    Wishing you the very best and thank you for this great reading op!

  • Ann Silverman

    Wonderful! Thank you.

  • Leslie Stewart

    Your posting inspired me to look up fellow Wisconsin artist Emery Blagdon. What a great story! I have your first two books and look forward to acquiring the new one.
    Thanks for your inspiration. (I think we share a birthday as well as a love of paper:)

  • Helen – thanks for the wonderful opening and inspiring first postings on your new blog. Congrats! Wish I could join you in Italy, too, didn’t work out for me this year. Looking forward to following your paper adventures, Kim

  • karen

    Ed Hutchins is my favorite pop up artist!

    • Karen, I love Ed too! I took a workshop with him about 20 years ago and we made about 20 books in a day from single sheets of paper. I still have the samples. He also did a tunnel book project for Playing With Pop-Ups!

  • Love this and that paper can not go obsolete as long as we crave it and keep the trees alive! I found a large piece of birch tree paper on the ground today and just find something so sacred about that! I love trees and all the things we get from them especially hand held art works! Sanna

  • Shariek

    Hi Helen,
    Super idea, thanks for taking the time.
    Your books have been really helpful in my journey
    as a paper maker !

  • shirley j

    Oh to have discovered this before the Apr 30 ending! I will save up and watch for the auction next year! Thank you for sharing – what a delight just to read of these opportunities!

    • Helen

      Shirley, I know the feeling of making such a discovery! It is an annual event, so you are smart to save up and watch for next year’s auction!

  • Helen,
    Thank you for the video. It was so inspiring. Love to know your teaching schedule.
    Paper has been so much a part of my creative life and I appreciate all you do.

  • Pam Arthur

    This looks like so much fun to do. Thanks for sharing this.

  • jenni

    i a so proud of you, helen. you published your amazing book and have all those marvelous installations! wish is my absolute favorite. i love wish flowers as i call them. your interpretation truly inspired me. thank you for a wonderfully generous giveaway.

  • Genevieve

    I am really enjoying this new feature on your blog!

  • I just love this story of this piece of work. It has gotten me thinking about wishes, i haven’t really thought about what I wished for in awhile, and that needs to change! What a beautiful piece and I look forward to reading about the next step!

  • I too will watch for this next year! If April 30 is the ending date when is the beginning date? Thank you Helen for posting a wonderful blog, particularly the video

  • Thank-you for including my papermaking studio, Pondside Pulp and Paper, Norwich, NY, in your papermaking resources section of The Sunday Paper. The studio has been in operation since 1995. Best wishes on this exciting new endeavor!

  • Mary Hark

    Thanks for the time and effort in researching and work putting The Sunday Paper together for us! It is appreciated.

  • Congratulations Helen, The Wish looks beautiful in its new home!

  • Chuck Crockford

    Concerning ‘The Wish’, all I can say is “WOW”! Sorry I can’t join you for the unveiling, but I can offer you my congratulations, along with my best wishes and another “WOW”!

  • Perla Kopeloff

    Helen: Myriam Londono is from Colombia (not Columbia). Her work is amazing and it is so conceptual and marvelous. thank you for let me discover it….
    Is it painted pulp ????
    The Sunday Paper is a true inspiration and beautiful source for the soul.

    • Helen

      Thanks, Perla… changing it now! Yes she is squirting the pulp onto various surfaces and then peeling it off (I think). I’m glad you like it!

  • Thanks for writing The Sunday Paper. Some much papery goodness!

  • licia politis

    congrats helen….an amazing piece of paper sculpture

  • Harriet TIGER

    Wonderful! Glad to see the giant dandelion. I refer to the dandelion flowers as Seniors when they turn grey. Will get to the library asap. I have been working in the other direction with dandelion wishes. Using tweezers I have been placing a few (not too many) “wishes” in tiny, tiny bottles to give with a card on some one’s birthday or special event. Tiny labels for the tiny bottles are harder to come by but so far I am managing.
    Thank you for sharing your work. I got to your blog via the Abcedarian Gallery site.

  • Suzanne Oberholtzer

    I love this answer– thanks so much for sharing the poem, it’s such a good explanation. I’ve started using that same answer for people who ask me how long it takes to make a particular piece of art. Some things take more time than others to make and assemble, but the years of life experience and context that have preceded the actual production are what makes art really possible –and hopefully– inspiring and magical.

  • Thanks for writing about Denise Price’s Freedom Trail pop-up book. Hoping the Kickstarter campaign can get fully funded so we can all get a copy of the book! Looks like it would be a treasure for many who live in Boston and beyond.

  • Moe

    So lovely to read the poem again, and see your beautiful rendition of it. I’ve never come up with an answer to this question that satisfies me, so I don’t have a marvelous suggestion, but I love the thoughtfulness you’ve brought to it. Hmmmm…

  • Sarah

    Hi Helen,
    This post got me thinking, and next time maybe I’ll remember to ask people their reason for asking. I think all answers are relevant- it is an accumulation of life experiences, training and work; it is also the time you’ve actually been thinking about it (maybe 3 years? that’s approximately the time it takes for a book to happen for me from conceptualization to completion); and it’s also the actual production time. But when people ask, I get the sense that they are amaze that someone can put in the physical time, effort, and concentration to actually create something that they care about just for themselves, without instruction or a boss or a payday. I think they just can’t imagine that you actually did spend as many days as you did making paper circles, drilling holes, attaching them, and doing it over when it didn’t work. Beautiful piece- I wish I could see the wish in person.

    • Helen

      Hi Sarah, I like the points you bring to the table: doing the work without because of an inner drive and working through failure. Thanks for your insight!

  • Sandie Butler

    I have been making doll heads from different paper pulp using a mold. Each one is so unique. They remind me of what I might find on an archeological dig. Is there anyway I can post them?

  • Helen, thanks so much for the beautiful use and write-up of Dad’s ‘Tin Can Papermaking’ method. He came up with TCP for the first chapter of ‘Paper By Kids’ (Dillon Press, Mnpls). The editor told him he had to have a way for kids to successfully make paper with things around the house in the first chapter. So he did.
    Very interesting that you use TCP for test sheets. Dad developed Tin Can Papermaking and the ‘pour’ method Papermill handmold based on the British Hand Sheet Former used by scientists at the Institute of Paper Chemistry for testing paper samples.
    Love your image of test sheets and color samples. Absolutely as compelling as Tin Can Critters!
    Kind regards, Kim

  • Love your idea of a Sunday paper. Can one subscribe?

  • Sharile

    The story of The Wish brought tears to my eyes and hope to my heart. This is an incredibly moving piece, and I thank you for giving it to the world.

  • […] as it dries. Connection and similarity are the underlying themes in all of my work. My sculpture Mother Tree has hundreds of crocheted strands (or lines) that represent mother’s milk (they transform from […]

  • Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann

    Ohhhh, I LOVE the Sunday Paper (Helen Hiebert style!!) and will look forward to future editions! This one was full of GOOD stuff! Mimi
    P.S. Step Forward Paper is the Canadian company that Woody Harrelson helped get started and the one from which the samples of their wheat paper were distributed at the previous FDH conference in St. Louis (100 paks of their excellent paper was sent to me for the conference in conjunction with my talk “Tree Free Papers:Coming to a Store Near You” that I was unable to present ultimately…)

  • I envy you your trip, Helen! Love all the finds and agree with you about HiiH Lights – stunning.

  • Sheila Bartos

    I’m speechless how talented these people are. Thank you so much for introducing them and their works. I LOVE everything paper! I’ll check back to see some more creative artists and their creations.

  • Congratulations on the cover feature, Helen! And thanks for the shout out about All Things Paper. I love those DIY lights too.

  • Helen

    Ann, thank YOU! I can’t believe how many paper goodies are out there… you lead me to many more than I find on my own! – Helen

  • I would love to own one of the book benches, but I suspect that the shipping costs would wipe out my entire life savings. I wonder if Mindell Dubansky is considering acquiring one for her ‘blook’ collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art?!

  • allison roscoe

    Thanks Helen, for keeping me in touch with the rest of the paper and art world. We are out of the mainstream in Hawaii,so I just LOVE the Sunday Paper! Aloha,Allison

  • M.J. Goerke

    I hosted Paul a few years agao when he came to St. Louis to teach at the Foundry Art Centre. What a delight he was. He sketched my home as well and I treasure it. I understand he does this where ever he goes. Couldn’t resist telling you of my good fortune of having Paul and making a friend of him! I also took a workshop from you in Portland years ago and I treasure what I learned from you as well. Good luck with your book!Keep me posted on its publishing date mj

  • ooo gorgeous — and thanks for the step by step — I find the creative process fascinating

  • Tricia Harding

    Columbia Art Supply in Portland OR has a fairly extensive collection of decorative papers.

  • Chuck Crockford

    Hi Helen!
    My apologies for bothering you with an e-mail, but I just had to drop you a line to let you know how much I appreciate the e-mails you send to me. While Waterloo, Ontario isn’t exactly a papermaking/origami desert (the papermaking supply company “The Papertrail” is located in New Dundee, which is essentially a bedroom community for the Kitchener/Waterloo area), nevertheless I rely on your e-mails, along with ‘Hand Papermaking’ and ‘Hand Papermaking Newsletter’, to keep me in touch with all aspects of the papermaking and origami areas.
    How you manage to do all that you do, I’ll never know, so all I can say is “Many, many thanks”–and please keep on doing it!
    Cheers, and my sincere thanks again–

  • Helen

    Hi Chuck!
    I live in a papermaking desert too, and reaching out like this helps to connect me too. I’m thankful that you appreciate my efforts. All the best – Helen

  • Magnolia Editions in Oakland is working on plans to make molds and deckles as well as su-gettas on a 3D printer, although I don’t know how heavy they will be using 3D resin. They are also considering plans to cut wood on a laser cutter to assemble into molds.
    I made my first set of molds and deckles out of wood from an IKEA shoerack I picked out the trash! Still have them, still work!

  • Helen

    This is very cool, Michelle. Brian Queen has explored this as well, but I think it is still fairly costly. I don’t love the plastic screens (prefer wire mesh) and I don’t know of a supplier who carries that type.

  • Helen, I really enjoy the Sunday Paper. It is such a joy to see all these great artists doing wonderful and innovative things with paper.

  • Hi Helen,
    I checked out your Pinterest board and want to thank you for including my studio, Liberty Paper, on the list.
    I would also like to suggest some additions.
    1. Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN. They have all the basic equipment and have been offering paper classes, among others, for years.
    2. John C. Campbell Folkschool in Brasstown, North Carolina. I have been teaching there for 20 plus years. They
    are in the midst of a fundraiser for a dedicated building for paper, books, letterpress and printmaking.
    3. Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, PA is a new teaching venue for me and right now they do not have a paper studio. I’ll be teaching there next summer and they are ready to invest in some of the things they will need for papermaking. From they’re website it looks like a very beautiful place that offers a range of classes.
    Hope this is helpful. I so enjoy your blog. Thanks, Claudia

  • Each summer The Printing Museum in Houston, Texas has, over a period of 4 days, a Summer Book Arts Studio (8 sessions) – Papermaking the first day, followed by Paste Paper, Printmaking and Bookbinding. Here’s the website:

  • Mical Middaugh

    The Weaving Works in Seattle, WA usually has one or two workshops in paper making taught by Mary Ashton. I would recommend these!

  • For you paper making classes list:
    Khandroling Paper Collective in Buckland MA ( ) makes paper out of recycled Tibetan Buddhist sacred texts. Offers classes in paper making and other arts courses.

  • I too, keep regular hours in my life back home with my family. A few summers ago I did a week long sculpture/papermaking workshop at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosyln, NY. We did soldering and welding and pulled sheets of over beaten abaca and flax, and like you I took full advantage of the week, not having to cook or look after anyone- staying as late as possible and getting this first thing in the morning. Would love to join you sometime as well.

  • janice rine

    ” Paper Cut” What a beautiful book! I’ve just added it to my Christmas list. It was nice to see Helen Musselwhite’s name in the book. I’ve just discovered her work & am in awe. Thanks for keeping us informed of the “paper world”. I am always inspired by your blog.
    P.S. your last book is also on my Christmas list

  • Thank you for your FB posts and your website, they keep me inspired and looking at more and more wonderful things! I love your work and have followed you for years!

  • Ankush Dhatrak

    The photos are very informative and useful especially for us who wish to start a new studio. Best of luck

  • Mary C Leto

    Light Sculptures by Anke Neumann …mesmerizing .. just love the Sunday Paper !

  • Dear Helen,
    Where do I fly in if I come to one of your classes? Are there accomodations?
    I would be interested in one of your workshops. I live in San Francisco.

  • Yes… Please sign me up for the 2015 Retreat!!!!

  • Tess Black

    Helen I enjoy your Sunday Papers so much! Am looking forward to seeing you early in 2015 at the next CODEX show. Very happy to see you are planning to come.
    I was pleased to see your article in this week’s blog about Ai Weiwei. My husband and I just heard about the exhibition on Alcatraz listening to NPR yesterday morning. I emailed about 20 friends to alert them to this exhibit; we plan to go in October.
    Sunday Papers is a real gem – an oasis of sanity and inspiration in the midst of the chaotic horror-show of crisis, conflict, manifestations of climate change, and poverty currently dominating world news. Gives me hope and keeps me on track. I’m starting a new line of creative exploration myself in next couple months, and I love the companionship your work gives me. Artists have just as much power to influence our lives for the better as anyone else. Hats off!

  • Linda Wilson

    Wonderful projects! I have the fragile remains of lobster anatomy pop up from another century.

  • Claude Aimee

    What a wonderful opportunity for you! I wish I were there too! Thanks for sharing your papers adventures!

  • I found this year’s Movable Book Society Conference to be spectacular; featuring manufactured books, hand-made art books and innovations in paper animations and LED lighting.
    The variety of ideas, books and historical presentations, plus all the new, young innovators were energizing. Each session was packed with interested collectors, inventors and conservators. Helen Hiebert’s book is one everyone should own, particularly educators and librarians. Highlighting some of the most incredible talent in the industry, the self-interactive pages, within the book, educate and amaze using cuts and folds that are easily followed and well worth the $25 price. I particularly was amazed by our keynote speaker, performance artist, Paul Johnson, who revealed his flattened pieces as they turned into 3-D paper sculptures with the flick of a wrist. It was the work of a magician.

  • Hi Helen! Thanks for the fan mail back (!), and yes, wasn’t that amazing that we were able to make that happen, to have Mother Tree come to North Adams. 🙂
    I LOVE this work by Lisa Kokin–looking forward to checking it out more and for reading more of what you have here…

  • Leslie Stewart

    I do have your book (as well as Paper Illuminated) and think this is a wonderful class to offer. Only wish I could come! Will look forward to your kits.
    Good luck!

  • Maryruth Ginn

    Hi Helen: I would love to have some of your kits for projects from Playing With Paper. I want to give them to my daughter, Amy Ginn, a midwife in Durango. She makes cards for some balance in her stressful profession. She loves her job, of course.
    Your blog has really given me interesting sites to post on my Facebook page and for our fiber shop, The Sheared Edge. So glad I found you through Rosemary Cohen. I did meet you at Camp Collins, (in the Oregon forest).
    I have Playing With Popups. Maryruth Ginn

  • Phyllis Hill

    Great work! Keep me posted

  • Hello and hello Helen,
    Your blog is wonderful.
    I am writing to tell you there are few blogs I continue to subscribe to.
    Thank you for taking the time to create a very inspirational blog.
    Keep up the great work.
    Cannot wait to see more.
    Happy thoughts,

  • Lisa C.

    Such amazing and beautiful creations! Please let me know if you ever come to Massachusetts. I would LOVE to attend one of your workshops.
    I would also love to know where Nicole (making the balloon lantern) got her eyeglass frames.

  • Shelly DeChantal

    Helen, I look forward to getting my Sunday Paper and always find the amazing things you discover about artists and paper work fascinating. I’m fairly new to the paper world and am learning about so many new possibilities with paper. I send The Sunday Paper to friends who I hope will have their eyes opened to the exciting world of paper.
    Thanks so much for all your work putting this together!

  • Thanks so much for featuring my Gobble book, Helen. I own some of your books and love them! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • […] interrupting and altering the drying process). But when I am working on a particular project, like Mother Tree or The Wish, I do have an aesthetic goal, and I choose from my reportoire of techniques to order […]

  • Rebecca Dills

    I’m sending the link to Daily Battles to all my friends. Just read the Sunday Paper and I love it. Thank you so much! Now on to the next one!! Becky

  • fritzi huber

    If you are drying paper on an object:
    Cantilever 2 pieces of wood, plex, etc. over the object, forming a ‘tent’. Place a fan for exhaust at one end, and a heater (blowing in) set at low, at the other. No need for a heater on a warm, dry day, but another fan is helpful.

  • Great post! Thanks for sharing this information so generously. ; ]

  • Joanna

    Thanks Helen
    Very comprehensive, I wasn’t familiar with the loft drying technique at all!
    Really looking forward to reading @ your drying box next week.
    I’m embarking on building a large one…but I’m a little confused re the fan …some recommend reversing the fan so that damp air is sucked out…and others recommend conventional placement so the fan blows into the post.
    Any comments on this would be appreciated.
    All the best and thanks again

    • Helen

      Joanna, I use a fan that blows air through my drying system, but I know people who use one in reverse that sucks. I think it does the same thing – it pulls the air into the room either way. I’d be curious to know (also) what the difference might be. You may need a dehumidifier if it is humid or cold when you’re drying.

  • Hi Michelle and Helen,
    We’ve used the lighting ‘egg crate’ for the screen support on AG dip and pour handmolds from the start. We provide a loose (non-secured) paper making screen which is stiff enough to handle after sheet-forming, and helps with the issue of pulp gathering between screen and grid. Love the car wash power hose concept! We never met a screen we couldn’t clean, but clogging can certainly be an issue.
    Thanks for the post and remarks!

  • Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann

    I use this system and find it very efficient! I love the addition of the screening to protect the tri-wall cardboard. Since the tri-wall cardboard is the most expensive part of the system, it was not feasible for me to build one for a long time until I discovered the heavy tri-wall being used at the local Walmart for potato or melon storage out in the floors of the produce aisles. They are sort of circular enclosures – I am sure you have seen them. I inquired what became of them after usage and was told they were just discarded – and did I want one? Well, yes!!! They are boogers to break down and cut to consistent size for the dryer box, but a friend with a table saw made it go quickly with just a bit of clean up on all the edges. It has been very effective with no cost involved for that part of the system… Thanks for the good information. Mimi

  • Helen

    Mimi, what a GREAT tip! Thanks.

  • I went and looked for information about the calendar as well. My guess is that it is a prototype or a one-off. I did discover that the calendar was for 2012, so it looks like it never went into production. Too bad!

  • […] make paper dreidels, the traditional spinning top toy. Helen Hiebert works mostly in paper, and her directions are easy to […]

  • Thanks again, Helen. Don’t know how you find all these exceptional paper stories. The science and paper program is timely in education. I hope to look into it more. Thank you! Kim

  • Love these Helen! Your paper is a wonderful source of inspiration.

  • Jean Fitzgerald

    Helen…you always AMAZE me with your work and the works you display of other artists! You have come a very long way since the time my daughter and I met you and your hubby at the Sylvia Beach Hotel…CONGRATULATIONS…!

    • Helen

      Thanks, Jean. Are you the one who sponsored Ted as a Mazama? We sure enjoyed visiting that lodge with our children (I think I was pregnant with #1 when we met). All the best to you! – Helen

  • daria

    Love it! Merry Christmas to you and yours. Best wishes for a joyous, healthy and prosperous new year!

  • Great Christmas card, thank you.
    Wishing you and your Family the best Christmas ever.
    Happy thoughts,

  • Season’s Greetings to you and yours. Don’t forget to get your Christmas present from me! ; ]

  • Joy Davison

    I usually get my paper from Dick Blick but now I am off to explore some of these other great resources yay! I would love to win a prize, yes indeedy. I was unclear if you can do just one of the four items above? Thanks and Aloha from Hawaii.

  • Sabine

    Dear Helen,
    thanx for your greeting card – it´s really nice.
    All the best for you and your beloved,
    Sabine from Germany

  • OMG, the calendar is CRAZY! Gorgeous and mindboggling. I cannot begin to imagine making something so intricate and complex. Just figuring out the systems makes my head spin!

  • Gay Weake

    Hi Helen – did you use a special program for the tree design, or did you simply change the margins on each line (laborious!). The effect is really wonderful.
    Thank you!

    • Helen

      Hi Gay, I used Indesign and had a template of the tree in the background… but otherwise, yes, I tweaked each line. It took awhile! Glad you like it :).

  • i really enjoyed reading this piece, helen. as a special ed teacher i find that my observation of kids teaches me a lot about them. for example, handedness is shockingly still an issue for students, the lefties struggle more in this right handed world. a huge surprise to me was how many kids STILL tell me that adults have tried to change their handedness. all of my students learn best with their whole bodies, not just their heads. some of my best classroom successes have been when i’ve brought my traveling papermill into the classroom.

  • I very much enjoy your Sunday Paper and the fascinating facts about paper,Helen. I have learned the basics from your book and just playing and exploring. I am incorporating handmade paper in collages and have made several paper casted wall pieces.
    Thank you for all you do to help us enjoy the papermaking process.

  • I am particularly impressed with the Philadelphia prison project by the People’s Paper Coop. Nothing like a physical manifestation of a fresh start.

  • Tom Bennick

    Helen – Thank you for the article on tactile learning. As the previous person mentioned that being left handed has its obstacles and being left hand I know. Learning has always been a challenge because of the way so much education is directed – read and understand. I”m afraid that when I read instruction the mind goes blank. I have to have my hands in the process. But only 5% Wow!! I’m in the low percentage.
    I taught in the public schools system for over 30 years and I never heard of the Waldorf teaching method until last fall when I was talking to a couple and their daughter from Australia. The six year old daughter was so bright and differently a hands on child. Do you suppose the public schools systems don’t want anyone know that there is a different and better way of teaching. I believe so.
    I have taught many elementary and adult papermaking classes and so many times I have heard the response of “This is something I will remember for ever.” Hint, hint using ones hands.
    Thanks Helen for the Sunday paper news.

  • These are fascinating ad Amazing! What meticulous and original work!

  • I am a collector of and maker of alphabet books. I would be happy to own or have made any of yours!
    My long-time favourite is Marion Bataille’s ABC3D.

  • Helen

    thanks for your observations! I don’t know much about left-handed learning, and its fascinating that two of you who replied to this post are left handed. I do agree with you about the public school system wanting to standardize, but there are possibilities for new avenues. My kids went to a PUBLIC Waldorf charter school… and I’m sure you are aware that there are lots of objections to charter schools. Its good to hear from you!

  • Chuck Crockford

    Hi, Helen!
    My apologies for bothering you with an e-mail, but I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate receiving your “Sunday Paper” and your “Blog”. Even although I receive “Hand Papermaking” and “Hand Papermaking Newsletter”, your e-mail publications are the ones that keep me informed of current happenings. Many, many thanks; given your schedule, I don’t know how you do it!
    Second, I came across a piece in a recent edition of the ‘Globe and Mail’ newspaper entitled ‘An art happening in the heart of the city’. The illustration that accompanies the article shows “Pass the Hat”, by Dean Drever. According to the description, this piece is “a five-metre-high pole made from 10,666 stacked sheets of paper.” There is a certain “pristine” quality to the work, and of course the material used is of interest. The exhibition is multi-media, and takes place in various locations in Toronto, Ontario. If you are interested, details of the show can be obtained from:
    Cheers, Helen, and many thanks again–

  • Helen

    HI Chuck,
    You are not a bother! Thanks for pointing me to Dean Drever’s piece. I found a nice little video about it and have bookmarked it for The Sunday Paper. Feel free to pass along other information! All my best.

  • Jan de Waard

    Vlieger Papier in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Helen, when you are in San Francisco, go by Flax Art Supply on Market Street. They have a huge collection of papers. Ask for Kim.

  • Helen, Wet Paint, of St. Paul, MN, had and still has a wonderful paper section. I used to just stare at it or find reasons to buy some pieces so I could see more of the collection.

  • I’m one of those people for whom paper stores are dangerous places! The Paper Place on Queen Street in Toronto, Ontario is wonderful, and there is once again a dedicated paper store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: SoulPaper.

  • University of Oregon Bookstore has the most amazing selection of papers. I always stop there on my way up to Portland. It’s the best!!!

  • Niccela Churchill

    January 21, 2015
    Hello Helen
    I opened a handmade paper store in Banff, Alberta Canada called GINGKO AND INK ATELIER one half years ago.
    The address is 111 Banff avenue Harmony Lane- 403-762-3855. I have a Facebook page called gingkoandink
    I would love to send you some photos of the store. I love your blog and yesterday just received your book on painted papers.
    Regards, Niccela Churchill

  • wonderful butterfly paper! and melissa’s work is, well, just perfect.

  • Great idea, Helen, to have a Pinterest Paper Sources page! I love a large local art store in Northeast Wisconsin:
    The Artist’s Guild, in Sturgeon Bay, which has a quite wonderful array of hand made, Japanese, Mulberry, and Momi, and Lokta papers.

  • here’s another reason why i wish i could go to codex: this work! beautiful, helen, the papers, the new book, and especially that bag!

  • Wow! This post makes me want to get to your booth asap! (Unfortunately, I won’t be able to come.)
    Simply gorgeous books, and oh that paper! Yummy! It’s all so enticing!
    Best of luck, and I can’t wait to see pics of you in your paper dress!
    (And how smart and lucky you are to jave a friend to help with the prep)

  • Your papers and book look great. I especially like the Valentine piece. I will I could be there at Codex. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Rosemary Cohen

    Which terminal at O’Hare? I’m usually flying through the United Terminal….so much that I know what is around most of the gates, but I have never this window. I’ll have to check it out!

  • karen

    Each Sunday you come up with the most interesting paper related postings. I look forward to The Sunday Paper each week. Thanks!

  • The tessellated paper/fabric video was as fascinating as you said!

  • I’m so excited to have made the Sunday Paper! Thank you for sharing my work. 😀

  • We had a trip to Denver and made a detour to view your work, Helen. It is beautiful! My wish is to see it closer. I cast my vote.

  • Stella Qin

    Dear Helen,
    Love your design and can’t wait to try them! May I please have the template to try? Thanks!
    two girls’ mom

  • Those paper wire “flowers” are a knockout.

  • […] To create the watermarks in Sheets of Evidence, the text and images were scanned from traditional drawings.  Afterwards, they were cut into adhesive-backed rubber called butternut.  Afterwards, they were placed on wove molds, like this one by Helen Hiebert: […]

  • it looks wonderful and horribly exhausting. i love the paper and tyvek clothes. i hope you had a week for extra sleep-in’s.

  • I love the paper vest, Helen, and the mother tree is beautiful! It is something all can relate to.

  • I love your blog and books; appreciate reading about your adventures with paper. I’m wondering if Codex is worth it-monetarily. Seems as if it is a big expense (although it has future earnings potential). But do people make purchases at Codex?

    • Helen

      Anne, you hit the nail on the head! I just don’t know if it is worth it monetarily. Since I sell smaller items (trade books, paper, etc) I do end up covering my expenses. I stay with a friend and eat simply to keep my expenses low. I think having those smaller items on my table is a bit distracting though – some people don’t even notice the artists’ books! And you’re right about future earning potential. I hope there will be a few sales in the coming months, but you never know!

  • Betty Kjelson

    I’m happy that you were able to get a clear first picture of you booth. Everything shows well which would have been impossible when the huge crowd came through later.
    Good to see Robin Silverberg and the pic of you in your vest. Makes me want to pull out my long coat I made out of banana fibers. People were always coming up and wanting to feel it.
    Put my name down on the mailing list for the new book. I have them all and use them.
    Betty Kjelson

    • Helen

      Thanks, Betty! I’d love to see your banana fiber coat. The new book is a limited edition, not a trade book like the others… much more expensive and not a how-to book! Let me know if you’d like details… 🙂

  • Maryruth Ginn

    Helen–In Peoria, Illinois, I am part of a shop of fiber work. The name of the shop is The Sheared Edge. We would love to have some clothing made of paper. Maybe it could be our featured artist show of the month. We feature a different artist’s work each month, opening with First Friday. Paper garments can be shipped pretty easily. You look charming in your vest!

  • Nice vest! And I liked the Tyvek coat too. ; ]

  • Sarah Christensen

    Your hostess gift is lovely, Helen! Would you mind sharing as to what lighting element you used?

  • I am enjoying your posts on paper and book art. Keep ’em coming!

  • daria

    Totally love the stop action of Beatrice Coron’s paper cutting!

  • I just love the many ways paper is being used in this high tech age! Thank you Helen for the fascinating facts about paper.

  • I love the idea of a paper weaving book. It’s absolutely beautiful!

  • Kate

    I want to take a paper weaving workshop!

  • Hi Helen: Very interesting and beautiful. I really like the last picture your showed with the white and burgundy paper. The weaving is very attractive. Once the weaving is complete, do you glue down the ends?

  • Jane LaFazio

    I want envelope collage piano hinge book as a tutorial! Great post Helen

  • Beautiful work, and so much fun! I would bet everyone went home happy!

  • Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann

    I loved this post, Helen… A COMPLETE tutorial would be nice!! 🙂 The students did some excellent work – with an excellent teacher! Mimi

  • Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann

    Helen, you have exceeded yourself!!! We always expect that your productions will be EXQUISITE AND EXPERT – and this one surpasses any of the past, IMHO!! It beckons to be touched and marvelled at with each turn of the page. I love the combination of the watermarks and the paper cuts – and how the coloured pages have enhanced the beauty and appreciation of each. The little figure that Beatrice has incorporated into each of her paper cuts is also intriguing and gives a certain anticipation with each turn of the page to find this little friend. It is quite obvious, the amount of planning that went into the development of this book. “Awesome” is an over-used and tired word, but it comes to mind… Mimi

  • Pat Schwab

    Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  • Helen,
    It is absolutely a work of love. You will get repeats of all the comments of rave reviews. Thank you for showing it. Dorothy

  • Tess Black

    What a wonderful article. Thank you for giving us the “story” of this book, how you conceived, designed, and worked it. You may remember when I saw you at the Codex exhibition we briefly talked about Sacred Geometry. It is my newest (remembered) focus, too. You have done an outstanding job of plunging into this magical, fundamental, numinous science and allowed its beauty to be expressed through you, with intention. Your work is impeccable, as always.

  • Thanks for your generous sharing of the ‘back story’ behind this stunning book.

  • Helen, a beautiful book! I especially relate to this theme.
    In seeing how it was made, all those hand papercuts, reminded me strongly of the really fun laser cutting class I took in Edinborough last year. It was so easy to upload the design files (from drawings)into the laser control software and cut as many of the designs as were wanted. The machine isn’t cheap of course, but one could always try to find a semi-local maker group that has one that will rent time on their machine. Thanks for sharing the process, the pictures are so well done!

    • Helen

      Thank you, Kath! We considered the laser, but Beatrice is very quick and adept at cutting by hand, plus it was in keeping with the feeling of the book to have them hand cut. And IMHO, professional photography is so worth it!

  • Moe

    Stunning, Helen. Congratulations! Your ready sharing of process is so appreciated, love that you do this.

  • Jacqueline Hoyt

    Re: Fashions
    In the 90’s, at least in San Francisco, the paper companies sponsored a fashion show of paper garments. It was a fund raiser for Women In Advertising and was terrific. Paper companies gave the paper to the artists for the designs. There was some pretty trippy stuff.

  • Sue Nuti

    Great article, Helen. Good info, easy to understand. Photos & drawings are most helpful. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Sabine from Germany

    Dear Helen,
    you´ve always interesting and well written and
    photographed articles about paper and many more.
    Thank you very much therefore.
    This “pressing” article is one of my favourites 🙂
    Sabine from Germany

  • Roslyn (from Hawaii)

    In a class that I took with Nance O’Banion she stretched silk screen “silk” material on a wooden frame, placed the wet paper couched on Pelion and dried it from the back with a wet dry vacuum. I used this process for many years and it worked fine. My frame was originally made of stretcher bars for stretching canvas but then I built a big frame.

    • Helen

      Hi Roslyn! Yes, this is a fabulous way to press and dry papers (I mention it in the drying section of my book). They have that type of screen set up at Penland. thanks for mentioning it!

  • Thanks for all the information. My husband built my first press (screw type with a frame made from enamelled metal pipe) and it has worked well, but there is a jack sitting in my studio waiting for the next iteration. Your pictures will help with the design.
    And although I live in the countryside and see bailers regularly, it would never have occurred to me to use the packing part of one as a paper press: very clever!

  • Ayn

    Helen, this is wonderful! Thanks for sharing the process and the planning…it helps to understand all the considerations and see how you responded to each to realize this beautiful work of art.

  • Ann Stuller

    Sorry, Helen, but mormor is a Swedish word for maternal grandmother and not Dutch.
    mormor=mother’s mother
    Greetings from the Oregon coast,

  • Maidi Murphy

    Great Sunday Paper. Fascinating as ever. Thanks Helen.

  • I am so impressed with your postings. What a breadth of coverage and good photos and good writing. Kudos to you!

  • elisabeth lehrer

    I love the Sunday Paper. I an an artist and believe in recycling – there are so many uses for used paper products. Your Paper is so interesting and invigorating and inspiring. Thank you!

  • helen, it’s great to see this come to fruition. julie had told me about it–

  • Jeanette

    What an impressive array of handmade paper!

  • I keep a binder full of samples of paper that I make directly from plants (ie. when I don’t use half-stuff). Jim Croft called in a “fibrary,” and I have used that portmanteau ever since.

  • Love the term “fibrary”! I keep a binder of sample sheets for my handmade papers, though I admit that it occasionally gets raided for projects.

    • Helen

      Do you keep any records with the samples Cathryn? How big is your fibrary?

      • I have one large (3 inch spine) binder. The samples are kept in archival plastic sleeves (the ones used for 8.5 x 11 inch photos) and are labelled on the front with a sticker listing contents. Not a very elegant storage system but it works. I keep meaning to make a nice cover for the binder but the job never gets far from the bottom of my to-do list! ; ]

  • Teresa Van Etten

    I love the woven handmade paper, especially with the egg for the them of Spring and rebirth, new life! Weaving paper, what a great idea to use my handmade papers, in my own way.
    The children’s pop-up book was wonderful! Just wish i had a small grandchild to share one with.
    I especially am intrigued by the vesica piscis cuts in the illuminated paper sculptures.Thank you for sharing these!

  • The Sunday Paper is always delightful to read, Helen. I especially loved your thread work and poem, and the anonymous paper sculpture. what beauty!
    The closest I have come to anonymous is leaving origami pieces in library books or on shelves in grocery stores.
    Thank you1

  • I look forward to the “Sunday Paper.” This one I particularly liked; it’s a keeper. I have a special folder on my computer to retain the ones I like to return to.
    Thank you so much for these!!!

  • daria

    You raise many good questions and I think the answer is a combination of many things.
    People are not aware of the history of paper in the east or the west and generally, people think of paper as something made from trees. At the Maker Faire in Colorado Springs last fall I had to gently correct most of the adults who came to my Maker Space and tell them no, the paper we were making was not made from trees but from other plant materials, including cotton rags, hemp, bamboo, iris leaves, pumpkin and more and that paper was not made from trees until about the 1850s. The common misconception is that paper has always been made from tree pulp in huge, polluting factories. Combine this misconception with the sentiment that paper is a throw away item and the problem of deforestation you have a perfect storm of misunderstanding.
    Now, is papermaking an art or a craft? To me, it doesn’t really matter which label is applied but, when people ask me what I do and I say I’m a papermaker they say, “Oh.” What they envision is me stuffing torn pieces of junk mail into a blender on my kitchen counter for hours on end. Many artists have a hazy idea about hand papermaking on a larger scale. Many artists I know do not consider papermaking an art but a craft, and to them, craft is a dirty word. At a sale not long ago another artist said to me, “Your work is not really art, it’s craft, but it’s nicely displayed so it’s okay”. I was not sure how to respond so I simply smiled. For that sale, my work included flat paper, sculptural work and hand bound books.
    To your point re equipment: Because papermaking equipment is so specialized and expensive and because papermaking studios are not a part of most school and college offerings people who may be interested have very limited opportunities to explore hand papermaking further. And frankly, most intro to hand papermaking classes in a papermaking studio using professional equipment is prohibitively expensive for most people. So, another perfect storm generated by the lack of papermaking facilities and high cost.
    Changing perceptions will take slow, steady education when and where the opportunities arise. If we can reach out to people of all ages via demos, Maker Faires, and reduced cost workshops and let people get their hands wet and see what papermaking is all about I think the perceptions and misconceptions will change, but it will be a long, slow process.
    I love paper and papermaking,I love everything about it and I love sharing it with others.

  • Kate

    You have overwhelmed and warmed me at the same time with this recent stream of thought. You are a true paper artist. I will never be, my studio and life is spent else where but paper holds a place in my heart and in my hands daily….
    We need education, and through you and other artist we can educate. I may not be a paper maker, but I can help to spread the word. I need to spend my time with people that can impart this info to me since my limited education only gave me bits and pieces.
    Funny that we are discussing this piece of beauty as I tap tap on my pad…..I will read to my students your thoughts….
    Thank you Helen.

    • Helen

      Thanks, Kate! We are papermakers are small in number, so every voice helps. Sorry I didn’t see this comment until today! – Helen

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  • allison roscoe

    Helen, You read my mind. Thank you for putting into words the quandary of “paper making”. I think the biggest drawback to papermaking is the cost of equipment,the space necessary to operate that equipment, an undefined marketplace and an uneducated and mis informed public.
    In my “second life” project of creating a “professional” Paper Center here in Hawaii, I am up against all of the objections and misconceptions that we have all heard. Daily I find myself explaining about the hows and whys of paper. We had 2 visiting art scholars from Iran and they had no idea what kind of paper was used in their treasured creation myth the Shahnameh.
    It is a lonely esoteric task…and we MUST keep at it…make more paper! Aloha,Allison

  • If I remember correctly from my History of the Book class (taught in a book arts program with a papermaking side to it, no less), the oldest form of the codex – the kind of book that is bound on one side with a spine and the reader pages through the book from one side to the other – has been traced to Ethiopia in the first century – roughly the same time Cai Lun is credited for inventing paper in China. The Ethiopian codices’ pages were either a form of papyrus or vellum, I can’t remember. But it seems to me the invention was roughly contemporaneous, although in different parts of the world. Of course, this is defining books a certain way, if you consider things like the Dead Sea scrolls, or Tibetan palm leaf books, etc, or proto-papers such as papyrus, parchment, tapa, amate, etc as a technology that papermaking developed from, it’s not so cut and dry.
    I often wonder why papermaking as an art form/craft form does not also include a discussion of it as a form of science, as well. We (papermakers), take this plant matter of some form, and transform it through chemistry and hydrogen bonding into something. Here in the Bay Area, there are many artists who incorporate science and technology into their practice, and I feel often argue that I as a papermaker am part of that discussion. Because I use science, and I use technology – paper is still a vital form of tech and data storage.
    I think we as papermakers have to broaden the discussion with a sensitivity that the greater public may not be aware of the history of paper and books, and how said history informs communication today – websites are still called “web pages”, etc. I do think this ties into book/paper ubiquity and thus invisibility.

  • Helen

    Thanks, Michelle! Somehow I’m just seeing your comment today. I actually know of a chemistry professor (at a liberal arts college) who taught a unit on papermaking. He did a fantastic demonstration at a Friends of Dard Hunter conference, where he had all of us acting as hydrogen and oxygen, creating hydrogen bonds with our bodies!

  • Another soul-filling Sunday paper from Helen – I find myself looking forward to these as much as the paper by my door. So thankful for the new Pinterest collection, a visual index and ready reference for an unmatched collection of international paper art and innovation. Thanks for putting this together for us every week, Helen!

  • Amanda

    So pleased your films have been released digitally. I have bought the whole package and have been wanting the Papermaking companion DVDs for a couple of years but couldn’t play it on Australian machines. Now it’s on my IPad and I’m thrilled. Thanks so much! A

  • daria

    What a great issue! Thank you for searching high and low to bring us all things pulp & paper!

  • I enjoy the Sunday posts. Thanks for all the info. I am an artist who also uses pulp and makes handmade paper. Please check out my website.

  • Brenda Lindenberg

    What papers are considered “high shrinkage” …

  • Pat Schwab

    Helen,the colors are so beautiful and now I wish I could actually touch a piece to see how it feels. Jewelry or in a collage project. Could you tell us more about abaca paper(leather?) and is it Japanese? Thanks Pat

  • Edith Owens

    I would use the Abaca scraps to create collages and artwork combining it with some handmade Abaca paper I made.

  • Helen

    Thanks, Pat. Here’s a link to a blog post where I describe the abaca leather. I made the paper – it is not Japanese!
    The only difference is that the scraps are only one layer and do not have embedded string. Thanks for your interest.

  • Jane S

    Those are lovely papers! I’d stitch them together “crazy quilt” style and use them as end papers in a handmade book. 🙂

  • I wonder how the abaca could be integrated into my books or boxes, used with my marbled papers. It would be fun to try! What fabulous colors!

  • Valerie

    love the rich hues and shapes and would use in a transformed store window site specific work happening in the winter to give a feel of breeze

  • daria

    Helen, Totally amazing PaperBridge! (As well as everything else!) Thank you for researching these great paper stories and delivering them in the Sunday Paper.

  • I tried to comment via the rafflecopter but failed. I enjoy this blog. Looking forward to meeting you in Seattle.

  • Phoebe Diamond

    Either in a sewn paper quilt, with words and other images…. or a tunnel book with lights behind to make it glow.

  • Great Sunday read, as always, Helen. Thanks for spreading the word on the Hello Hedi show. It’s a fun one!

  • Cynthia Marsh

    Hi, Helen—
    I would like to receive your Sunday Paper blog. Thanks so much.
    Your Friend, Cindy Marsh
    Hey, I got a grant from the university to purchase a Riena Beater.

  • Hi Helen:
    I really like your flowers. A possible name for them is Dance of the Flowers if in a group or flower diva if individual. Have a great week.

  • Linda wilson

    Hi Helen,
    The first two look like morning glory blooms with twisty clingy stems. White throats would be nice too.

  • Lisa

    Some of the prettiest paper I have made was on a papermaking course. One of the other participants had dyed some fabric on a course the previous summer and brought her samples. We took the tiny samples apart and had a bunch of brightly coloured 1 inch (ish) threads that we added to a pulp of bleached abaca. I haven’t tried since, but maybe I should see if I can find som coloured thread lying around.

  • The Sunday Paper is jampacked with fascinating information! Thanks so much for all the work you do to put this together. It’s amazing!

  • Helen, I have had success making shaped papers using old foam meat trays kids and foam sheets both narrow and wide.
    Thank you for all the info in the Sunday Paper.

  • Jade

    Dear Helen,
    I read with great interest the article about the Women’s Retreat in Neenah, WI, about making paper and books. Would you let me know if the Fold n Hold book they made is a variation of the Hedi Kyle’s blizzard fold spine? If not is there a tutorial available?
    Thank you – Jade

  • Sabine from Germany

    Hi, dear Helen,
    I wanna thank you for all your posts.
    Always many interesting stuff!!!!
    I´m always full of (pleasant) anticipation.
    All the best for you – all the times.
    Sabine from Germany

  • I love your Newsletter on SUNDAYS as much as the New York Times MAGAZINE.

  • daria

    I picked up a bunch of un-ripened persimmons on the way home from the airport Monday and have them fermenting…I’ll keep you posted!