Rolled Newspaper Animals

Rolled Newspaper Animals

The Sunday Paper #130, October 23, 2016
Paper of the Week: Abaca
I write about abaca a lot, I know, but I think it is a fiber worthy of it. Take a look at the two examples above. Both were created in the same way: pieces of hemp thread were laid in between two wet sheets of high shrinkage premium abaca. Both sheets were pressed, and then their fates diverged. The sheet on the left was removed from the felt it was pressed on and allowed to air dry, and the sheet on the right was restraint dried between blotters. Check out the shrinkage of the sheet on the left!
In the Studio:
This has been a slow week in the studio, as I’ve been busy with relocating my mother to Colorado and making headway in the college application process for my son! I’m happy to report that progress has been made on both fronts. As you read this, I’m just returning from the meeting of the Friends of Dard Hunter in Santa Fe.
Papery Tidbits

  • I have just completed fulfilling all of the Kickstarter orders for the Twelve Months of Paper calendar. Let me know if you are a supporter and haven’t received your calendar!
  • I’ve almost finished planning my teaching gigs for 2017, and I’m planning for two back-to-back Red Cliff Paper Retreats (September 10-12 and September 13-15, 2017). Let me know if you want to receive early notification, and stay tuned for a new theme.
  • I’m looking into traveling to New Bern, NC and Amelia Island, GA in late spring 2017. Let me know if you’d be interested in joining a workshop at one of these locations.

Check out these unique paper sculptures by Chie Hitotsuyama. The Japanese artist is embarking on her first tour of the United States, with four exhibitions running concurrently in different parts of the country until January 2017.
Matthew Reinhart is a paper engineer extraordinaire, and he was visited by NPR’s Science Friday!

Fiber artist Carmen Romine examines our relationship to time through the medium of paper in her new show at HEDGE Gallery in 78th Street Studios in Cleveland.
Bea Szenfeld, a Polish-born, Stockholm-based artist whose medium is paper, creates unique fashion pieces. View more at the link!
Check out these paper lookalikes: ceramic cups by Tim Kowalczyk that look like cardboard.


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  1. Kate says:

    I’m in for the 2017 retreat!
    Luck with the college stuff and cherish your mom!

  2. What a excellent post!