Reading Between the Lines

Reading Between the Lines


© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #45,  10" x 10", $100

© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #45, 10″ x 10″, $100

Small Buy Now Button
I have to admit that I keep thinking I’ll run out of ideas of how to weave paper, but so far, so good. I also thought that I would do a few series within the 100 days, and perhaps that will come, but at this point I’m still enjoying the variety of papers that I’ve been gifted (and own). Each day is like a treasure hunt: I look through a stack of papers and pick and choose two that match. Then, I sit with them and determine how to weave them. For #45, I had chose this floral print that I picked up at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder several weeks ago. The weaving is inspired by an Ikea placemat that we have on our table, although it didn’t turn out looking a thing like it!
Ikea placemat

Ikea placemat

© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #46,  10" x 8", $100

© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #46, 10″ x 8″, $100

I’m working on a contribution to the Folded Form Exchange that I’m participating in as an attendee at the College Book Art Association‘s annual meeting in January. In exchange for my contribution, I’ll receive 30 folded forms from other artists. How cool is that?? I cut this paper (one of my handmade white cotton papers, double-couched with a pseudo watermark in orange on top) to look like book pages. This was the beginning of my actual design, which I’ll post at a later date, but instead of recycling the paper I decided to turn it into a weaving. Candy Wooding sent me a little package of her paste papers, and I chose the dark blue one to weave in between my book pages. I encourage you to take a peak at Candy’s blog. She has created a couple of month-long challenges for herself and is sharing her results along the way!
© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #47,  10" x 8", $100

© Helen Hiebert, 100 x 100 Paper Weavings, #47, 10″ x 8″, $100

Small Buy Now Button
I’m happy to be working through the stash of prints I made at Penland while co-teaching with Alyssa Salomon (click the link to see some of Alyssa’s van dyke prints on abaca covered disks). This is a van dyke print on cotton, and I had fun juxtaposing various shapes onto images. Someone could concoct a pretty good story about a clamp … in the woods … with an egg. The lovely pink paper is a red koume lace paper, which I purchased at Wet Paint in St. Paul, MN.
I wanted to remind you that I have a pinterest board that features places to shop for paper. And I’ve just started a board featuring shadow lanterns that my students I have created over the years. I’m just about ready to launch a kit that comes with everything you need to make your own shadow lantern. Stay tuned!


  1. Roberta says:

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

  2. Fibri says:

    than done, but that’s photography in a nuethsll.After all, in Greek Photos means light and Graphe means drawing with lines . Photography pretty much equates to drawing with light.When I took the obligatory 2D design class in college and learned to sight compositions using pencils as visual references, etc, I learned how to translate a 3D situation to 2D. Similsr thing here. You have to learn how to see the effects of light on a 3D world as elements in a 2D composition. I’ll back that up by letting you borrow my lights and pointing you in a direction. But you’ll also have to use my shitty camera! And we’ll have to find a tripod or some duct tape