Something that has the Potential to Outlive Me

Something that has the Potential to Outlive Me

The Sunday Paper #468

July 9, 2023

Registration for The Paper Year closes tomorrow, July 10th. Will you join us?

The Paper Year is a paper-loving community that explores a new technique/project each month in a supportive, creative community. Over the next few months, we will:

  • Construct a Pop-Up Pyramid.
  • Explore Ramp Walkers (paper in motion) with guest artist Andrew Dewar.
  • Create a Victorian Cobweb.
  • Discover methods for working with repeat patterns with Alyssa Salomon in our quarterly surface design workshop.*
  • Learn about Shanna Leino’s handmade tools for artists.*
  • Meet on Zoom twice each month.*
  • Share what we’re making in the online classroom.*
* perks for All In Plan members


Rag & Pulp is a new publication from Uppercase Magazine. I received a few complimentary copies this week because I am featured in the book (along with many papermakers, paper crafters and paper artists). It is a gorgeous book in a series of Encyclopedia’s of Inspiration. You can order a copy here. The book has a cool feature: the dust jacket can be folded in four different ways, so you can unfold and refold it for a new look.

There are some amazing thoughts about paper gracing the pages, like this comment from Radha Pandey: “I’ve heard people say, ‘paper is paper’ – but it isn’t. It is process, time, place, culture, nature, tradition and history. It is representative of the evolution of human technology, of literacy and learning. With so many nuances, I can choose to imbue a project with layers of meaning depending on which type of fibre and papermaking style I use. It makes for a more thought-provoking and meaningful end result, deepening my core concept. I love the process. I love translating something that grows in nature into something that has the potential to outlive me.”


If you’re flying through the Quad Cities, don’t miss the art! I adore the work of Jocelyn Chateauvert (pictured) and she’s in a group show that features her paper sculptures, landscape paintings by Douglas Johnson, and oil paintings by Barbara Basia Krol. Fun fact: our daughter attended Augustana College in the Quad Cities for one year.


This article shares the interesting history of paper balloons (kamifusen). They are a specialty of Izumozaki, Niigata Prefecture, Japan, where they have been produced for more than 100 years.


The story of Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes never gets old. This group of kids folded paper cranes for cancer patients. What a lovely gesture of hope. I can still remember reading Sadako’s story to my children. I can picture us sitting together on the couch, me holding back my tears, and them looking up at me in a new way.


Paper Tidbits


In the Studio

I’m working on my paper weaving book, and this week’s project was organizing the 30 projects that will guide readers on their paper weaving journey. It truly is a process – getting organized, determining the best way to deliver information, etc. – I’m pleased to report that I’m making progress, but there’s plenty of confusion and disorganization along the way!


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  1. Jocelyn Châteauvert says:

    Thanks, Helen for including my work! Means a lot to me. Congratulations to you for Rag and Pulp. Take care as always, Jocelyn

  2. Carolina Fong says:

    I had a blast reading this
    , i am a fan of jocelyns work.
    Thanks Hellen for creating this ♡
    Much luv from Mexico