Spinning Flowers

Spinning Flowers

The Sunday Paper #417

June 12, 2022

I’ll be hosting a free mini-workshop on Zoom in a couple of weeks. We’ll make a Spinning Flower Card (you can rearrange the petals), and I’ll talk a bit about The Paper Year, my membership program, which will be open for registration. Join us on June 29th for some paper fun! Register here.


The palm-sized 360-degree books by Yusuke Oono open up like a fan, creating 3-dimensional worlds. Each page is a finely crafted work of art that draws the viewer in from scene to scene. This one tells the story of the Earth and the Moon, but you can click through to view other designs.

© Yusuke Oono, 360° Book: Earth and the Moon


Fashion brand Hermès has built four large structures modeled on water towers that are covered in translucent sheets of colored paper inside the event space La Pelota at Milan design week. Wowza! Click through to see inside of the towers, which remind me of shoji screens. Special thanks to blog reader Wade Brickhouse, who shared this with me.

As seen on Dezeen.


I’ve featured the work of Charles Young before, but it is too good not to post again. He started creating architectural models in paper as a daily project and continued, with some breaks, until he had 1000 models. One new object was designed, made, photographed and uploaded each day.  All of the models are made using 200gsm watercolour paper and PVA glue. This method allows for rapid construction and exploration of diverse areas of architecture, pushing the possibilities of this single material.

© Paperholm


Check out the amazing cut paper collages of Winnie Truong.


I’m featuring one-sheet wonders here on the blog, since the projects in my new book, The Art of Papercraft, fall into that category. I’d love to feature your one-sheet wonders!

Maxine Apke created the paper for this one-sheet wonder from linen and cotton rag with inclusions: dried fern leaves, cut imagines and ephemera. After drying the paper, Items sewn onto the piece include: pieces of a tea pot, tiny tea cups, spoon, pearls and charms, butterflies and a hummingbird.

Apke uses art as therapy, a respite from bouts of depression, and as a means of exploring how mental illness has affected her family. She has completed an exhibit of 30 works of art reflecting her insights, frustrations, and growth, as well as her solitude. The work has given her a goal/mission to break the silence and stigma of mental illness in our world. It is her way of advocating for her son and others who suffer from paranoid schizophrenia. Apke’s dream is to have this exhibit travel around the country and speak about stigma, open conversations, and encourage people to think about the importance of learning about and treating mental illness.

“Tea with Carolyn” 18″ x 24″, photo by Maxine Apke

Paper Tidbits:


In the Studio:

We have a quarterly surface design workshop for All-In Plan members of The Paper Year. Yesterday, Ali Manning taught us about gelli printing, so fun!


Featured in my Studio shop:

The Art of Papercraft, Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds, Water Paper Time, a film download, and The Papermaker’s Companion.

The Art of Papercraft


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  1. Jill says:

    I enjoyed zoom today with ali manning & just bought book