Tea Bag Paintings

The Sunday Paper #351

February 21, 2021

Papermaker of the Week: Linda Blondheim

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© Linda Blondheim, Tea bag painting mounted to hand made paper

Linda Blondheim is a landscape painter by career, but also makes handmade paper and enhanced paper. She is also a tea bag painter and mounts her tea bag paintings to handmade paper. Her tea bag paintings are actually painted on real tea bags. She removes the tiny staple from the bag and saves the tea for her garden plants. She flattens out the bag and mounts it to a piece of handmade paper that she creates herself. Everything is recycled except the paint. She saves tea bags from various brands of tea for these paintings, which are adored by tea lovers.

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In the Studio: 

The third annual Weave Through Winter 30-day challenge began this week. We started out weaving strips of paper, and the possibilities are truly endless. Here’s my weaving to the prompt of TIME. Curious about paper weaving? Check out the instagram challenge – you are invited to weave along with us, or just follow the hashtag #weavethroughwinter to see what we’re up to. You can also sign the wait list for next year’s class.

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Papery Tidbits:

  • Wow, I have been packing and shipping the first Curated Paper Collection all week! Thanks to all who have purchased, and I have about 10 sets left. Is one of them yours?
  • Do you know about The Paper Advisor, a place to find resources about paper?!

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Check out the exhibition Papier, now open at American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis through July 11, 2021. It unites Swedish artists Bea Szenfeld’s spectacular sculptural paper-fashions with Stina Wirsén’s evocative illustrations.

Wowza! Coca-Cola is testing a paper bottle to eliminate plastic from its packaging entirely. The prototype is made by a Danish company from an extra-strong paper shell that still contains a thin plastic liner. Paboco is the Danish firm behind development of the paper-based container.

I am fond of the work of Imin Yeh, who creates everyday objects out of paper. The projects use repetitive handcraft and mimicry as a strategy for exploring the issues around the unseen labor and production that lies behind our often overlooked everyday objects.

© Imin Yeh

Artist Julia Ibbini and computer scientist Stephane Noyer craft intricate sculptures informed by geometric principles and the divide between digital and analog techniques. Once a laser cuts out the individual rings from archival paper or card, the pair glues the layers together, forming vases that spiral upward.

As seen on This Is Colossal

This is a lovely profile of paper cutter extraordinaire Béatrice Coron. You might also be interested in the organization that featured her too: Vacation With an Artist.

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Featured this week in my Studio shop:

The Papermaker’s Studio Guide DVD, Playing With Pop-Ups, The Papermaker’s Companion, and Vertices, an artist’s book

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