The Paper Studio

The Paper Studio

The Sunday Paper #293
January 5, 2020
Happy New Year!!

Paper of the Week: Once More: Japanese Papers

You should have received an e-mail from me yesterday, with my post about the papers I picked up in Japan. Here’s another link to that post, in case you haven’t had a chance to read it.


In the Studio: The Paper Studio

Cubicards, designed by Lore Spivey

I’m re-activating my facebook group, with the help of a paper friend. It is now called The Paper Studio (if you were a member of Club Paper, you’re now automatically a member of The Paper Studio). This year, we’re doing a monthly challenge based on the projects in The Paper Year. We’re starting with the January project, a Cubicard designed by guest artist Lore Spivey. Whether you own a copy of The Paper Year or not, you’ll be able to participate and create your own unique variations and post them in our group. The real fun will be seeing how everyone interprets and creates based on each challenge! Hop on over to join us and check out the first challenge!


My interview with Matt Shlian is now on Paper Talk! Matt is a paper engineer whose work is rooted in print media, book arts and commercial design. We talk about the trajectory of his career – from immersing himself in various media first at Alfred University and then at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, to working as a visiting research scholar at the University of Michigan, where he collaborated with scientists using paper techniques he developed. Matt works with art consultants and galleries worldwide to place his artwork, which is created using technology and a lot of handwork. And we talk about the balancing act of making work, hiring employees to help, being a husband (he and his wife have collaborated on some pretty cool projects) and raising two young children. Enjoy our conversation!

Some of these paper cuts look so dimensional! I am in awe of these one-sheet wonders, aka paper cuts by Kanako Abe, as featured on My Modern Met.

Andrea Peterson teaches papermaking at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Here’s a great clip of her showing students how to make paper at a new print shop in Erie, PA. Grounded Printshop is run by Ashley Pastore, a former student of Andrea’s and partner Alex Anthes. I love that they are dedicated to offering a creative space for individuals, regardless of experience, to learn or practice contemporary print and papermaking!

Get this: There’s a world’s most famous gift wrapper (great headline)! Not only is Alton DuLaney the art curator for the Houston Airport System (cool job), but during the holidays, DuLaney transforms paper and ribbon into his own works of art, to the delight of harried travelers.

Simon Beck is a snow artist, and he’s here in Colorado for a couple of weeks working his magic on the snow. Lucky for him, there’s lots of fresh snow! I got a kick out of the last sentence of this article, that relates to paper. Simon has expertise in map making and says: “It’s using the same skills, but working in reverse,” he said. “Making a map, you start with something on the ground. You’ve got to make a reproduction of it on a small scale on a piece of paper. If you’re making a snow drawing, you start with something you’ve drawn on a piece of paper and reproduce it on the ground on a much bigger scale.”


It’s exiting to see a classroom develop – there 50+ creative souls who have signed up for the Weave Through Winter challenge so far! Join us for this online class and create a daily practice as you explore a variety of papers and weaving techniques.

  • Commit to an hour of creativity a day (more or less)
  • Challenge yourself to share what you create (there will be prizes)
  • Stimulate your mind by finding, mixing and matching papers
  • Find satisfaction in the ordinary while creating something extraordinary

Class begins on January 16th!
Here’s a weaving and sentiments from Caryn Michael, who took the class last year:

Caryn Michael, 2019, weaving created in the Weave Through Winter online class

“The Weave Through Winter course was amazing!!! It allowed me to connect with people from all over and gain insights and inspiration. As an artist and educator, it has broadened my scope and provided me with new creative outlets. Helen is an amazing teacher! A must have experience.”


Featured this week in my Studio shop:
Weave Through Winter Online Class, Vertices, an artist’s book, The Paper Year, and The Paper Lover’s Package.
The Paper Year


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