The Paper Year is Here!

The Paper Year is Here!

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The Sunday Paper #280
October 6, 2019

Paper of the Week: The Paper Year

It’s a busy week over here… lots of news below!
Hooray, it’s time to pre-order your copy of The Paper Year, and there’s a free gift if you place your order by October 15th! Click through to watch the video .


In the Studio: It’s GIVEAWAY Time!

I’m delighted to introduce you to Stephanie Hare of Share Studios in Philadelphia on Paper Talk! Stephanie has generously donated one of her cool magnetic moulds & deckles for a GIVEAWAY! Click here to read more about this slick mould & deckle and to put your name in the hat! The winner will be announced next Sunday.
Here’s the link to our conversation on Paper Talk. We had a lovely chat about how Stephanie’s business has evolved since she learned to make paper after college in Maine, while working in a gallery specializing in handmade paper and paper lights. She tells me how she has built a strong online following, first for her lights and then her stationery products. We talk about the decisions she has to make while running a business with popular products all by herself – not only does she make paper, but she creates moulds & deckles and sells a basic papermaking kit too.


Papery Tidbits:

  • Have you been to the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina? I’m here for a week, teaching watermarking to a Georgia Deal’s 8-week long fall concentration class. It’s a magical place!
  • October is a popular month for daily art challenges. Check out #PopUPTober and #Inktober and join the fun!


Oscar Murillo is one of four finalists for The Turner Prize. Murillo’s paper mache figures represent “a mobile and globalized workforce”, and the hay-stuffed models have links to New Year’s Eve tradition in his homeland of Colombia. I’d love to be on board with these characters!

ARIA on the Las Vegas Strip has a new display to welcome fall, a Japanese garden. The display features 13,800 origami maple leaves that are hanging from the lobby ceiling, along with 300 origami flowers and 16 Japanese maple trees. Wow!

I’ve written about Jennifer Collier before (in this post) and some people are worth revisiting! I love her sentiment about her work using old papers to make beautiful objects: “People ask if they are fragile but if you compare them with ceramics which would smash if you dropped them they are strong and the papers have already been around for a long time.”

The paper works of Eduardo Chillida are featured in an online exhibition. Chillida used paper as a medium for his prints and drawings as well as an innovative material for his sculptures. One of Chillida’s most original contributions to contemporary art are his Gravitations, which are light constructions made out of paper and stitches that hang directly on the wall.

Bear with me – one more week of potty talk. I wrote last week about a luxury toilet paper from Japan, which prompted a reader to tell me about the company Who Gives a Crap. They make all of their products with environmentally friendly materials and donate 50% of the profits to help build toilets for those in need. How cool is that?


MY NEW BOOK – I NEED YOU! Last call, and thank you for your generous contributions!
I’m in the gathering phase for my next book about all kinds of objects you can create with a single sheet of paper. I envision a visual design element that runs through the book and features a gorgeous array of paper. Do you have a sheet or two to send me? I’m looking for samples of the following, and this list is by no means complete. I want to open people’s eyes to what they can do to a sheet of paper (this is what I need samples of), followed by projects showing what they can do with a sheet of paper (I am curating the collection of projects).

  • coated papers, such as persimmon, indigo, etc.
  • dyed papers like itajame, shibori, etc.
  • paste papers
  • simple printing techniques
  • rubber stamping/mark making
  • stenciling
  • dimensional techniques, like embossing, momigami, etc.
  • unusual techniques
  • handmade papers (this won’t be a book about how to make paper, but again, I’d like to show readers what is possible).


  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ samples (more or less)
  • Please label these on the back of each sheet with your name, e-mail address, website (if relevant) and a brief but thorough description including the type of paper, the technique, etc.
  • Mail to: Helen Hiebert, 113 Mill Loft St. Unit C213, Edwards, CO 81632

Deadline: October 15, 2019 (this is not a strict deadline)
I will credit you in the book and will be eternally grateful for your contribution. Thank you!


Featured this week in my Studio shop:
The Paper Year, The Papermaker’s Studio Guide download, Handle With Care an artist’s book, and don’t forget to enter the Giveaway!
The Paper Year


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