The Sunday Paper #262
June 2, 2019
Paper of the Week: Double Sided Origami Paper
When I was in Korea about 10 years ago, I went to an amazing paper store in Seoul that had more origami paper than I could even imagine. I’m guessing there are shops like that in Japan (I’m finally planning to visit in 2020 to attend the IAPMA Congress). But I digress… it is June and today I’m featuring a specialty origami paper from the June project in the 2019 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. The papers in this pack of 6.25″ square sheets feature traditional chiyogami prints, and the fact that they are double-sided really enhances this project!
In the Studio: Sarah Horowitz on Paper Talk
My recent interview with Sarah Horowitz is now on the podcast. Sarah and I have been accountability buddies for several years now, talking weekly about business-related issues. Sarah is a printmaker based in Leavenworth, Washington, who also makes drawings and artist’s books. We talk about how her parents fostered her artistic interests by always providing her with access to materials and art classes as she was growing up. She attended Hampshire College in Massachussetts, where she ended up focusing on printmaking. After college, she honed her printmaking skills at studios in Switzerland and Scotland before returning to the Northeast, where she got involved with the book arts community. Eventually, she ended up on the West Coast when she was looking for a community print shop to work in. She tells me how she discovered there were more papers to print on than Rives BFK, and we discuss one of her artist’s book projects in detail, which involved custom handmade paper. Sarah talks about the reciprocal process of printing on paper, as she explores how the paper responds to her imagery and the ink, and how her plates print on the surface of the sheet. We also have a long discussion about how she pigments and sizes Japanese papers to obtain the exact colors she wants and the tooth that allows her pen to glide smoothly across the surface for her drawings. Enjoy our conversation!
- Did you listen to Science Friday this week? There was a segment about parchment (pre-paper made from animal skins) and how a researcher came up with the idea of studying the DNA in books! I can’t find it at the link (but I know I heard it), so you may have to listen to the whole episode.
- Rachel Hazell’s PaperLove online ecourse begins June 17th. Click through to find instructions for a Five Minute Artist Book and get a taste for the kind of things you will learn in the PaperLove ecourse. As a reader of The Sunday Paper, you will receive a 10% discount (enter code NEWIDEAS at checkout).
Click through to watch and listen to this animated + super sweet scroll book, called a crankie, by Sarah Gowan.
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