Curated Paper Collection #2


2021 Q2 Curated Paper Collection #2

I’m delighted to introduce you to the second in a series of my Curated Paper Collections!

* The papers pictured here are just part of the papers in the collection.

Each collection will contain 10-12 unique papers from around the world that I enjoyed discovering and purchasing from paper shops and artisans. The sheets range in size from 8-1/2″ x 11″ up to 13” x 19”. Some are full sheets with deckled edges on all sides, and others are cut in half or quarters to make them more affordable! These papers will be rolled and shipped in a tube via priority mail. This collection comes with a link to online instructions for a Butterfly Book you can make with the Madeleine Durham Paste Paper or any other decorative sheet.

You’ll find a detailed description about each of the papers in this Curated Paper Collection below.

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You will receive the following with your purchase:

  • A sheet of tags with information and a photo of each of the papers (you can use these however you wish – for example, attach the tag to a swatch or the whole piece of paper).
  • Information on where to purchase more of the paper (if available).
  • The papers (as listed below)

An * indicates that each paper in the collection comes in a variety of colors and/or designs.

Follow @helenhiebert on Instagram to find out more about the papers and makers.

Awagami Onion Skin Paper 

48 gsm, 13” x 19”

This “nature paper” from Awagami Factory in Tokushima, Japan contains delicate reddish brown flecks of onion skin from this agricultural heartland. Since so many vegetables grow there year-round, the mill enjoys mixing them into these sheets of washi that are translucent yet strong.

Iris Nevins Marbled *

80# text, 12” x 18”

Iris Nevins has been making hand marbled papers since 1978. Her specialty is the reproduction of early marbled papers, particularly the ones from about 1800 – 1860, which she considers to be the high point in the long history of marbling, just prior to the use of marbling machines during the Victorian era. To achieve these designs and colors, Nevins makes her own marbling colors using, where possible, the same pigments used during the period. Her papers are not limited to early designs. She does extensive work for small presses, decorators, framers and other craftspeople and is available to design and execute a paper of your choosing.

Madeleine Durham Paste Paper

129 gsm, 12-1/2” x 13”

Madeleine Durham’s unique paste papers are hand painted on Arches text wove and lend themselves to many applications including fine book binding, calligraphy, book art, and collage. In a moment of inspiration years ago, she happened upon a way of creating paste paper designs using a brush technique.  Her technique has evolved into a painterly approach with which she creates New Mexico landscapes and floral mandalas. She created this unique batch just for this collection featuring the colors of the southwest. These days, Durham creates wall art with her paste papers.

Green Banana Paper

180 gsm, 12” x 16 1/2”

This paper is made in Micronesia from the long golden banana fibers sourced directly from local farmers. Banana fibers are rapidly renewable, and the sustainable, eco-friendly Pacific island paper is creating jobs and supporting over 100 families, local farmers, and employees. Green Banana Paper creates a line of wallets, journals and other products with this leather alternative. The paper has been tested in harsh conditions including saltwater, washing machines, boats, airplanes, road trips, tight pants, rain, sun, and snow. I’ve used a Green Banana wallet for several years and it looks good with age!

Vietnamese Single Lay Dó Classic Paper

15 gsm, 19-1/2″ x 15-1/2″

Dó paper is made in Vietnam by Zó project, a social business which preserves, supports, and expands traditional Vietnamese papermaking in a sustainable and creative way. This paper is made from the bark of Dướng, a local plant that belongs to the same family as mulberry. This paper is naturally colored and is extraordinarily fine, extremely smooth and has the feel of fine silk. It seems weightless and is semi-transparent.

Translucent Unbleached Abaca 

~75 gsm, 12” x 18”

I created these handmade abaca papers here at Helen Hiebert Studio. The long banana fibers are beaten quite short and formed into strong, thin, translucent sheets with a golden hue. Each sheet has four deckled edges.

Itajameshi *

35 gsm, 13″ x 19”

Plain white sheets of pure kozo are folded into rectangles, clamped, and then dip-dyed and dried to make a variety of grid patterns. These vintage papers were made by hand over 30 years ago in Tokushima, Japan.

Patty Paper

Lightweight, 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (10 sheets)

Patty paper is what you might think it is – the waxed paper squares that separate hamburger patties. My sister-in-law, who is a middle school teacher, alerted me to this inexpensive alternative to origami paper. The sheets are conveniently cut into squares, which is useful to have during origami practice or for geometric investigations.

Nepalese Lokta Paper

~60 gsm, 15” x 20”

Nepalese lokta paper is handmade from Daphne Papyracea or Daphne Cannabina, which grows on the southern slopes of the Nepali Himalayas between 5250 and 13000 feet. The cultivation of this “tree free” paper is a reliable revenue stream for the village artisans of Nepal’s rural and urban areas. It is popular for its attractive texture, durability, strength and resistance to insects and was used to write mantras, sacred texts and for all official government and legal documents. Lokta papers come in a variety of hand silkscreened patterns featuring traditional and modern designs. The paper in this collection shows off a green radial pattern printed on black lokta. 

Handmade Corn Paper

Medium weight, 8-1/2” x 11”

This beautiful, unique and one of a kind blend was created by Tony Carlone using natural corn (leaf, sheath, stalk, husk and silk) fibers, unbleached abaca, and cotton. This is a lovely cream colored paper that is soft to the touch, with lots of visible plant fibers. The corn fibers used came from locally sourced agricultural waste as well as harvests from Tony’s garden. 

Coral Paper

~45gsm, 12” x 18”

This paper is made of 100% kozo and features two distinct sides: a side with a coral-like patterning made with an off-white kozo, and a pigmented “ocean blue” kozo side featuring varying tones and noticeable fiber strands. This paper was made using a mix of nagashizuki and nagashikomi Japanese papermaking techniques by Nicholas Cladis, a papermaking specialist at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, where he lectures and manages the Oakdale paper research facility. For six years, Cladis lived and worked in Echizen, Japan — an area with over 1,500 years of papermaking history — and continues to maintain an active relationship with the papermaking community there.

Washi Tape *

One roll, plain or decorative

Washi tape is paper backed tape that comes in all sorts of colors and decorative designs. It can be used to add fun accents to paper and book arts projects.


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