The Sunday Paper, 1 (22),

The Sunday Paper, 1 (22),

Have you heard of quilling? I remember becoming obsessed with the craft in 7th grade, but my paper interests soon went in other directions. Ann Martin creates sophisticated quilled jewelry (among other things) and writes a spectacular paper blog called All Things Paper. Here’s a great article about her work.



Ann is currently showing work in the show Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ. Many paper luminaries are included in this show, including Jennifer Falck Linssen, a Colorado artist I follow who makes hand carved paper and metal sculptures.Renaia


Check out this LA Times article about Ai Weiwei’s new installations devoted to freedom of expression which currently occupy San Francisco’s old Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. The individual panels of the massive kite (which winds its way through the entire industrial space) are all handmade from paper, silk and bamboo. I hope to have time to catch this show when I’m in the Bay Area in February. 


Congratulations to Dorothy Yule, whose book Memories of Science won the Meggendorfer Prize at the Movable Book Society Conference last week! Here’s a lovely video that shows off the book. BTW, Yule’s work is also featured in Playing With Pop-Ups.


What can you co with 2,576 sheets of paper if you have 60 hours to spare? Click here to find out


About The Sunday Paper: They keep saying that paper will become obsolete, yet artists, craftspeople, designers and creatives are keeping it alive and well. A healthy number of people are even making paper by hand (in some cultures they are still using age-old traditions). How cool is that? The Sunday PAPER is a resource for ideas and inspiration, all having to do with this amazing material. Each Sunday, starting with this edition, I’ll bring you stories and examples of people doing exciting, innovative, and beautiful things with paper, as well as links to interesting paperfacts I’ve unearthed from around the globe. I hope you’ll enjoy reading this paper, Papier, papel, хартия, Papir,紙, Papper, פּאַפּיר… and don’t hesitate to click on the link to leave your comments and suggestions!


  1. Tess Black says:

    Helen I enjoy your Sunday Papers so much! Am looking forward to seeing you early in 2015 at the next CODEX show. Very happy to see you are planning to come.
    I was pleased to see your article in this week’s blog about Ai Weiwei. My husband and I just heard about the exhibition on Alcatraz listening to NPR yesterday morning. I emailed about 20 friends to alert them to this exhibit; we plan to go in October.
    Sunday Papers is a real gem – an oasis of sanity and inspiration in the midst of the chaotic horror-show of crisis, conflict, manifestations of climate change, and poverty currently dominating world news. Gives me hope and keeps me on track. I’m starting a new line of creative exploration myself in next couple months, and I love the companionship your work gives me. Artists have just as much power to influence our lives for the better as anyone else. Hats off!

  2. Phyllis Hill says:

    Great work! Keep me posted