The Sunday Paper, 1 (23),

The Sunday Paper, 1 (23),

I wasn’t expecting these materials when I first looked at this piece by artists Gerlinde Gruber, Christine Strempel and Matthäus Jiszda, as seen on Fubiz.


A few years ago, I received a piece of fan mail from a professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts about my Mother Tree Project saying that she’d love to see her exhibited in Northampton, MA. It was kind of a pipe dream, but we ended up making it happen because the publisher of my first three books is located there too, and they helped fund the trip (for me and Mother Tree). That professor, Melanie Mowinski, continues to knock my socks off with the amazing projects that she undertakes (you should see her visual diaries).Most recently, she’s curated Paper Dresses, a group exhibition that explores the female experience.


And while we’re on the topic of dresses, take a look at these paper dolls by Asya Kozina featured on Strictly Paper. That head piece reminds me of a performance I saw at Penland years ago. Nick Cave was teaching in one of the fibers studios, and he had his students create hats using buckram for a performance. I think they had an hour to make the hats and they were spectacular!


Technically, this isn’t paper so I’m cheating. But I love the work of Lisa Kokin (who is currently showing at Seager Gray Gallery in the Bay Area). Much of her work involves books and paper, and the source material for these works is taken from 12 boxes of books the artist inherited from her maternal grandfather.

Lisa Kokin, Facsimile

Lisa Kokin, Facsimile

I met a young man at the Movable Book Society Conference who collects pop-ups used in advertising. I thought of him when I saw this clever Belgian pop-up ad.


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. Melanie says:

    Hi Helen! Thanks for the fan mail back (!), and yes, wasn’t that amazing that we were able to make that happen, to have Mother Tree come to North Adams. 🙂
    I LOVE this work by Lisa Kokin–looking forward to checking it out more and for reading more of what you have here…