The Hexagonal Hat

The Hexagonal Hat

Artist Lauren Iida with an earlier Memory Net installation. Photo by Cameron Nagashima, courtesy of Lauren Iida.

The Sunday Paper #396

January 16, 2022

I am excited to invite you to the virtual book launch for The Art of Papercraft on February 15th. Please register for this free event where we’ll be making this Hexagonal Hat. I’ll also be having a conversation with book artist Susan Joy Share (I designed this hat/book structure in a class with her at Penland in 1996) and sharing highlights from the book. I’m looking forward to it!

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Here’s a really cool project that a blog reader told me about. The Memory Net Remembrance Project, in collaboration with Densho resident artist Lauren Iida, is seeking submissions of “memory objects” that symbolize hope, strength, and/or resistance for you or your ancestors during WWII Japanese American incarceration. The artist will select some of these objects to incorporate into a 30-foot-long cut paper net to be hung as a semi-permanent installation in Densho’s community room. Densho is a Seattle-based organization that dedicated to preserving stories of the past for the generations of tomorrow.

Artist Lauren Iida with an earlier Memory Net installation. Photo by Cameron Nagashima, courtesy of Lauren Iida.

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Another reader (thank you, readers!) alerted me to this article in Tatter, about the artist Adebunmi Gbadebo, who works in handmade paper, using indigo and blue hair dyes, as well as black hair: “Short naps swept up from the barbershop floor are just right for papermaking. The resolute spirals and z-shaped kinks of 4b and 4c hair are just right for sculpting.” The article, by Mary Adeogun, is a fascinating look into the artist’s True Blue series, in which she “calls out the devastating colonial and imperialist history surrounding indigo in her family; in two South Carolina plantations; and in European, then American, slavery.”

© Adebunmi Gbadebo, Detail photo courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery

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This video shows every step in the process in some serious large-scale hand papermaking in a town in India that is keeping the craft alive.

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Focus On Book Arts is taking applications to the Colleen Cavin Fellowship. Three fellows will work alongside the board, instructors, and volunteers to create the Focus on Book Arts Conference, in exchange for on-site lodging, meals, and two days of class tuition, as well as the opportunity to rub elbows with leaders in the book arts world at the conference in July 2022.  The deadline is January 31st.

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Paper Tidbits:

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In the Studio:

My popular month-long online class, Weave Through Winter, is now open for registration, and class begins on February 1st! This is the fourth year I’ve run this course, and each year there are new elements. This year I’ll be talking about ways to display and house weavings (like the book structure you see here) in our weekly Zoom sessions.

If you are interested in taking part in Weave Through Winter, but are not financially able to at this time, there are two scholarships available (sponsored by Washi Arts and Helen Hiebert Studio). The deadline to apply is Monday, January 24th, 2022. Two scholarship recipients will be selected and notified by January 25th. Click here to apply.

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Featured this week in my Studio shop:

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

The Art of Papercraft

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