Stardream Paper

Stardream Paper

Courtesy of the ROM / Brian Boyle An Archive of Rememory by Emma Nishimura

The Sunday Paper #253
March 31, 2019

Paper of the Week: Stardream Quartz Metallic

When I was in Dallas recently, I visited the ceiling installation that Paper For Water created for the Crow Asian Art Museum. They used this Stardream Quartz Metallic paper, which comes in 16 iridescent colors in both text and cover weights. Paper For Water volunteers folded more than 200 of these floral elements designed by Ekaterina Lukasheva. It’s a striking installation.

The stardream paper is a medium weight, flexible 81 lb text. Quartz is an elegant, soft shade of white with a shimmer, and a pearlized finish on both sides. This paper can be printed with a laser printer or with conventional methods such as foil stamping and offset. Stardream paper is great for high end invitations, stationery, and packaging. Matching card stock & envelopes are available in a variety of sizes.


In the Studio:
Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of early bird pricing for Flexible Book Structures, my online class that begins on April 10th. I’ve been busy cutting and packing the papers and parts for the supply kits, which will begin shipping tomorrow. I still have a few kits in stock, so sign up today if you’d like one, or sign up anyways and use your own supplies!


Papery Tidbits:

  • Books, Vessels, & Containers, oh my! How do you store your stuff? Come explore a variety of papers that can be cut, folded, stitched and manipulated to create books, tubes, pockets, envelopes, maps, bags and more at the Red Cliff Paper Retreat, held in my Colorado studio, September 14-18.
  • Twelve Months of Paper Calendars are now half price. Need several copies for your group? There’s a deep discount if you order 10 copies.


New on the Paper Talk Podcast!
Listen to my interview with Peter Dahmen, an artist and designer based in Dortmund, Germany. I discovered Peter’s work on the internet, which is how he has become well known in the field of pop-ups. We talk about the first pop-up book he saw in a bookstore as a child, how that interest was rekindled about 10 years later when he was studying communication design at the university, and how he became a youtube sensation 20 years later!

The Royal Ontario Museum currently has an exhibition featuring eight contemporary Japanese Canadian artists who are related to those who were sent to internment camps during WWII (when their homes, fishing boats, personal property and businesses were also sold by the federal government). Emma Nishimura’s furushiki wrapped family photos on handmade paper are quite poignant. And Steven Nunoda’s installation, Ghostown, is made up of rows of around 150 tarpaper shacks that resemble the cramped quarters, many without running water or electricity, that internees were forced to live in.

An Archive of Rememory by Emma Nishimura, Courtesy of the ROM / Brian Boyle

From Durer to Digital and 3-D: The Metamorphosis of the Printed Image is currently on view at the Trenton City Museum in NJ. Curated by Princeton-based artist and printmaker Judith Brodsky, it involves both prominent New Jersey and American artists who explore the impact and metamorphosis of the printed image.

Eric Avery’s ‘Paradise Lost’

I love the diverse paper works that are being shared over in Club Paper! From left to right: Lore Spivey’s lantern using the handmade washer embedded paper from my recent online paper sale; In-soon Shin’s joomchi technique on mulberry paper; Sandie Butler’s photograph on her handmade paper, with beeswax and wire. We’d love to see what you’re making too!

Check out this Extendable Flatpack Paper Bed. It is compact, light weight, made entirely from corrugated paper, strong enough to hold two people and converts into a sturdy seating device, with or without a backrest!

This is an amazing story about two children in Jordan who combined their passion for paper to create a business producing origami and quilling kits. Waragami Recycling Corner upcycles paper in schools (one old book can be turned into more than 300 origami papers) while providing art opportunities to other children.


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  1. Candace says:

    Hi Helen
    You may want to check the connection on your donation link… when I tried it just now, I arrived at a “404” – Page Not Found.

  2. Liza says:

    Helen your posts never fail to give me amazement and delight!

  3. Emily Archer says:

    Helen, I look forward every Sunday to being expanded and encouraged by the wonderful gallery of inspiration in your blog. You do a beautiful job finding worthy articles and “tidbits”. Thank you!

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