The Gift of Water via Paper

The Gift of Water via Paper

The Sunday Paper #233

November 11, 2018

Paper of the Week: Trinity’s School Project

Yesterday I received this photograph from 8-year old Trinity Adam’s mother Deb, showing her school project about her family’s non-profit Paper For Water. The 6 boxes on the sides of the presentation are filled with projects Trinity created from the Twelve Months of Paper How-To Book & Calendar. Trinity designed the project in the upper right box, an origami candy dish.
Here’s what the last paragraph on that presentation board says:
“Helen Hiebert chose my origami creation called “The Candy Dish” to put in her calendar called the Twelve Months of Paper. When she learned that my sisters and I run a non-profit called Paper For Water that brings water and the Word to the Thirsty, Ms. Hiebert said that for each calendar that sells, she will donate $5 to help with our water project on the Smith Lake Navajo Reservation in New Mexico up to $5,000!!! If you think your children might need some crafts to do over the Christmas Holidays and into 2019, why don’t you buy a calendar for them and help more people in the USA get access to clean water?”
Friends, can you help me help Trinity get more water to the Smith Lake Navajo Reservation? I’m sending a monthly check to Paper For Water (I sent $600 from October sales). The $5,000 she mentions could happen if I sell the 1000 calendars that are printed and ready to ship. You can help by making a purchase or by spreading the word! This makes a great holiday gift for kids, adults, makers, tinkerers, artists & crafters. Thank you!
Order your calendars here. I’m excited that I’ll be meeting Trinity and her family in March!
In the Studio:
I’m making progress on my new book about color and light, which will be titled Prism. 30 sheets x 25 colors = 750 sheets of handmade paper.

Papery Tidbits:

  • I’m hosting a FREE webinar on November 15th at 11am so that you can learn more about the calendar, the paper pack, Paper for Water, the guest artists and more! I’ll also be teaching you how to make one of the projects in the calendar too. If you’re interested, but that time and date isn’t good for you, sign up anyways and I’ll send you the replay.
  • I’m doing a Twelve Months of Paper Make-Along November 9 – 20th over on instagram and facebook. Follow along and watch each project unfold.
  • Did you make the pop-up lantern I shared last week? Send me a photo!


Check out these amazing cardboard constructions in China!

Ann Martin’s blog All Things Paper is a treasure trove for those interested in paper. This week she’s released a Holiday Gift Guide for Paper Aficionados!
Whoa! A 3D printer that squirts out … paper pulp! Designer Beer Holthuis has figured out that sopping wet paper is the best material to allow artists and designers to create more sustainable 3D objects.

Yuriria Independencia Torres Alfaro has been a papel picado artisan for 30 years. Her craft was handed down from her father, Alberto Torres y Cordero, who learned it from his father. She runs a workshop in the Yucatan. Click through to watch a time-lapse video showing the tools used for this form of paper cutting and how layers of papel picado are cut by hand.

Yuriria Independencia Torres Alfaro in her papel workshop. Photo: La Bandurria Marcha

Here’s another video about Steve Pittelkow’s gorgeous marbled papers, and Tom Balbo also speaks about the craft at the Morgan Conservatory of Art.


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