Two quick news items:
1. It is the first day of Advent, and those of you who have followed this blog for a year or two might remember my 25 Days of Paper posts. The Sunday Paper is quite similar, so I’m ceasing that tradition. However, I noticed that this advent is 26 days long, which happens to correspond with the number of letters in the alphabet. If you’re familiar with my work you know that I’m a fan of letters and fonts. In fact, one of my artists’ books, Alpha Blocks, is a pop-up alphabet. I’ve decided to feature a letter a day during advent. I’ll post these on FaceBook, so if you’re interested in following along, please ‘like’ my FaceBook page. And if you’d like to make a letter a day like me, you can download these templates. I’m making mine in a different paper each day.
2. I’ve just created a new product: these Light Cards feature watermarks of the life cycle of the dandelion and relate to my last installation, The Wish. Read more about them here and if you’re interested in acquiring a set, I’m offering free shipping on all products on my website through Monday, December 1st, at midnight.
Okay, here’s the Paper!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the community table, take a look at these lovely handmade paper placemats. My friend and colleague Mary Hark made 2,000 of these with the help of her neighbors. They graced a half mile long table (Mary’s neighbor’s brain child) where chefs, farmers and volunteers fed a neighborhood for free. Here’s a beautiful photo essay and you can read a bit more about Mary’s part of the project here.
Another friend and colleague, Ilze Dilane, showed this sweet animated film at the International Paper Conference in Italy this past summer. She and a professional filmmaker created the film with the help of her students in Latvia.
These animated flip books as seen on Colossal are really sweet! Click the link to watch all three of them.
The Paper Cinema, a group from the UK, recently worked with children in Malaysia, who got to learn the basics of art drawing, narrative and storyboarding, puppet design, and more.
And here’s the trailer for The Odyssey, The Paper Cinema’s most recent work.
Check out these Playing With Paper Kits, now available on-line: six project-based kits featuring projects from my books!
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!