The Paper Explorer

The Sunday Paper #287

November 24, 2019

Paper of the Week: One Sheet Wonders

As I proofread this issue of the blog, I’m enroute to Japan, and I invite you to follow my adventure on Instagram.

Greeting card by Mario Armengol made from one sheet, in my collection, probably purchased at MoMA in the 80’s.

Writing a book is quite an undertaking. It is daunting and thrilling at the same time, and I feel so lucky to have a publisher (Storey Books) for my new book featuring things you can create from one sheet of paper. My deadline is early April, and the book – barring delays –will be released in 2021.

I need you (again)!  I am curating a gallery section in the book to show off the potential of paper (featuring artwork, graphic design, fashion design and other wonders created from one sheet of handmade or machine-made paper). Fill out this form if you have something to share, and feel free to pass it along to other paper artists (deadline: 1/15/20). Although I can’t promise that your image will make the cut (there are so many factors involved), I’d like to start showing off a variety of One-Sheet-Wonders on the blog, leading up to the book’s publication.

Mario Armengol (designer of the card above) was fascinated by the infinite possibilities of paper sculpture (a kindred spirit!) – using one sheet of paper to create a 3-D animal, bird or human face. I purchased this elephant card in the 1980’s. Read more about the artist and view more one sheet wonders here. 

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In the Studio:

I’m excited to run the second annual Weave Through Winter online class again, starting January 16th and ending on Valentine’s Day. I’m going to add a new element this time – since this is a 30-day class, there will be 30 prompts. Above you see my response to a prompt to “weave two papers together that you would never consider pairing”. I took a map and wove a piece of striped batik lokta paper into it. Intrigued? Read more and sign the ‘first to find out more’ list. Registration opens very soon!

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Papery Tidbits:

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I was delighted to receive a review copy of the new children’s board book, Always Be You, by Ioana Stoian. This colorful, rhyming board book celebrates and accepts each and every child, just as they are. Messages of love, acceptance, empathy, inclusion and diversity are paired with fun, unique hand-cut paper illustrations, cut by hand from Ioana’s handmade paper by artist Dawn M. Cardona.

It’s a new book week! I received a complimentary copy of The Weaving Explorer, because I’m a spotlight artist in the book. The is a how-to book about weaving all sorts of materials, from yarn, to wire, to paper! There are several paper weaving projects.

I might argue to skip wrapping paper altogether, but here are some cool designs by artists for a good cause.

Gharat’s design tells of the interconnectivity within nature.

I enjoyed this article about the work of Olivia Fraser, who was thrilled to discover a way to use traditional, locally sourced, handmade materials in their natural forms in Jaipur.

Jobs teaching papermaking are few and far between (although the potential for entrepreneurs is good). Here’s an excellent opportunity at the University of Iowa for the right candidate!

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Featured this week in my Studio shop:

The Paper Lover’s Package, the Architectural Lantern, one of 12 projects in the 2020 Paper Year, The Paper Year, and The Papermaker’s Studio Guide DVD.

The Paper Year

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