Southwestern Paper

Southwestern Paper

The Sunday Paper #174, September 10, 2017

Paper of the Week: Woven Reversible Unryu

People often tell me they have drawers full of paper and they won’t allow themselves to purchase one more sheet until their stash dwindles. But then I hear them saying they can’t bring themselves to use a beautiful sheet of paper, so perhaps that is the real issue. I’m okay with you framing a sheet of paper and hanging it on the wall, but if it is just stashed in a drawer, I don’t see the point. Put it to use! I’ve been using this reversible thai unryu paper for a few years now and love it. It has a cloth-like texture but is a bit stiffer. We made these woven paper journals (with a double pamphlet stitch to add pages on the inside) at my Red Cliff Paper Retreat on Friday using the reversible unryu for the cover. Notice the woven paper hinge that creates a closure on the foredge.


In the Studio:

The Red Cliff Paper Retreat is in session! It is such a (good) change to have company in the studio! I rent out the gym in the old schoolhouse too, so that each participant has a nice big work area in addition to this shared papermaking space.

Papery Tidbits

  • It isn’t too late to start thinking about next year’s Red Cliff Paper Retreat, which takes place the week/end after Labor Day. The page currently describes this year’s event, and I’ll let you know when the next event is listed. Registration begins in January 2018.
  • The Paper Lanterns Online Class is starting in about 10 days (begins September 20th). As the days shorten and the light fades, join us and learn how to make six illuminated paper projects.

There are several paper shows that just opened in the Southwest (an extra reason to visit Taos & Santa Fe)! Curated by Lynn Sures, a wealth of experimentation and innovation is being explored in a new exhibition titled “Paper, Paper, Paper” in the Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium. The show runs through October 29th.

‘Wisp,’ section of a triptych by Priscilla Robinson

Nearby, the Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG) just opened their annual members show at the Capitol Rotunda GalleryDr. Cynthia Sanchez, Executive Director of the Capitol Art Foundation, selected 112 pieces by 71 artists to include in the show this year. “Portable Magic: The Art of the Book” is on view through December 15th. 

These wall sculptures by Canadian artist Andrew Ooi at Boxheart Gallery in Pittsburgh incorporate techniques traditionally found in Japanese joinery and origami. Hundreds of small strips of handmade gampi paper are cut, painted, folded and connected. I enjoyed reading the writer’s observation of how the pieces feel different when displayed on the wall verses under glass.

Andrew Ooi’s “Edo Check”

For your bathroom reading pleasure: toilet paper printed with you know who’s tweets!

Make a note to shop for papermaking goodies during Hand Papermaking’s annual online auction which starts on Friday, September 15th (I’ll post a live link next Sunday). Help this great organization continue its mission to advance traditional and contemporary ideas in the art of hand papermaking while taking advantage of some fantastic deals on all sorts of paper-related items: equipment and supplies, books on paper and book arts, fine handmade papers, art works, paper experiences, and much more!

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  1. Thank you from the Book Arts Group for your mention! It is an extraordinary show, if you are in the area before December 15! Love the toilet paper too…ha ha ha.

  2. Hope all are enjoying themselves at The Red Cliff Paper Retreat. Have fun!