Puppies + Paper Capes

Puppies + Paper Capes

The Sunday Paper #326

August 23, 2020

Papermaker of the Week: Shawna Moulton

This is a new column. If you’re a papermaker and would like to be featured in the coming weeks and months, please fill out this form. I’d love to hear from you!

© 2020, Shawna Moulton, Mother of Zyon (left); Father of Zyon (right); handmade paper, raw wood fibers, ink, 8.5″ x 5.5″

Born and raised in the Caribbean Islands, Shawna Moulton is a multidisciplinary artist and art educator based in South Florida. She is best known for her paper-cast sculptures of the human figure, illustrations on handmade paper, and her mixed-media works reflecting motherhood. “My work has gotten smaller in scale over the years, but immensely more intimate. The illustrations you see here are portraits of my family, I used my handmade paper to give a sense of warmth and adinkra symbols representing strength, hope, God’s presence and protection. With the world being in the state that it’s in, naturally I want to keep my family safe. Being a new mom, my daughter is my muse.” Today Shawna continues her studio art practice, teaches art, lectures and offers workshops online.

In the Studio:

I just finished filming the last instructional video for my online class, Paper + Light – we’re making natural armatures this week. I plan on sharing a video of the amazing works of participants soon. If you’re interested in joining me for this class the next time I offer it (probably next summer), please add your name to this list.


I recently interviewed Béatrice Coron on Paper Talk. Coron, a French-born artist, has been living and working in NYC for more than 30 years. I met Coron at the Center For Book Arts in NYC when we both took classes and participated in events there in the 1990’s. We talk about how she developed her unique paper cutting style, which has gotten her everything from illustration gigs to public art commissions in other materials, based on her paper cuts. She discusses her favorite papers and cutting knife, and how she goes back and forth between hand cutting and design on the computer. Enjoy our conversation! Coron gave a TED Talk in 2011 and she created and wore this gorgeous papercut cape.

Beatrice Coron wearing a cutpaper creations in Central Park/Photo by E Frossard

Joanna Hutchinson started 100,000 Folds to honor and mourn COVID victims through origami. This is a community sculpture project which began when the United States was nearing 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. Sculptures will be created with 100,000 pieces of paper to be displayed in Philadelphia – one for each of the first 100,000 deaths in the United States. Paper artists and non-artists alike are invited to participate in this project. Participants will receive 250 pieces of pre-cut paper and instructions on how to fold the origami units. In the process of folding each piece, we will commemorate and observe each of these lives lost, while contributing to something larger — a physical manifestation of the toll of this virus in our country.

What do what large animal waste and handmade paper have in common? Both are made of fiber! Check out the products that are being made from elephant poop paper in Sri Lanka.

Katsumi Hayakawa hand cuts dense cityscapes and urban districts from white paper.

As seen on Colossal: “Bonsai City” (2014), paper, inkjet printing, fake grass, acrylic elements, 8 x 118 x 21 1/2 inches. All images © Katsumi Hayakawa, courtesy of the artist and McClain Gallery.

You won’t believe what this paper art by Jill Pam is made of!


Ted flew to Connecticut last weekend to pick up our new pup. His name is Stryker – the kennel he comes from is Katalyst Kennels. Ted came up with the name because a match is a catalyst, and striking a match is the ultimate catalyst. Stryker is super cute, squiggly and wiggly, a real handful, and he likes to bite his big pupper Halo’s ears (much to Halo’s dismay).

Featured this week in my Studio shop:

Last copies of The Paper Year (1/2 price), The Papermaker’s Package, Water Paper Time & Playing With Paper.


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  1. Happy to hear that you and your family are doing well in these uncertain times. Congratulations again on the new member of your Family, Stryker is very handsome. Have great times with him. New puppies are such wonderful little ones to have around. I remember those times very well.

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