The Sunday Paper #38

The Sunday Paper #38


In the Studio: Every September I open my studio for the Red Cliff Paper Retreat, three days of creating with paper in the Colorado Rockies. This year’s retreat has a theme: Paper Panels. We will focus on panel structures including innovative book structures, folding screens,  and lantern panels. Papermaking techniques will include stenciling and watermarking on flat sheets and working sculpturally with abaca. Registration has just opened! Read all about it and register here


I first met Lam Quang when I moved to Portland, Oregon in 1998. He made the sweetest paper lights (and still does). Through the years we became neighbors, I sold him pulp and he purchased my old beater when I got a new one. He and his wife Kestral Gates own HiiH Lights and have just relocated from Portland to Astoria on the Oregon Coast. Read all about their plans to share their new barn workspace with the public.

Peony Pendant  by HiiH Lights

Peony Pendant by HiiH Lights

Have you heard about the new movie Paper Planes? Here’s the trailer, and it looks like an uplifting movie (no pun intended) that would be great for the whole family.

Check out this giant origami boat built by Morwenna Wilson, a direct descendent of Britain’s most famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. 


The Paper Architect, by Davy and Kristin McGuire, is a play combining paper-craft, animation, projection mapping and performance. It tells the story of an old model-maker who uses his paper creations as vessels for his imagination. Let me know if you’ve seen this charming film!

a scene from The Paper Architect

a scene from The Paper Architect

And finally, here’s a fascinating article (with diagrams, illustrations and videos) about how scientists, mathematicians and origami artists  have been discovering more and more of the mathematical rules that govern how paper folding works.


About The Sunday Paper: The Sunday Paper is published by Helen Hiebert Studio. 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. Chuck Crockford says:

    Hi, Helen!
    My apologies for bothering you with an e-mail, but I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate receiving your “Sunday Paper” and your “Blog”. Even although I receive “Hand Papermaking” and “Hand Papermaking Newsletter”, your e-mail publications are the ones that keep me informed of current happenings. Many, many thanks; given your schedule, I don’t know how you do it!
    Second, I came across a piece in a recent edition of the ‘Globe and Mail’ newspaper entitled ‘An art happening in the heart of the city’. The illustration that accompanies the article shows “Pass the Hat”, by Dean Drever. According to the description, this piece is “a five-metre-high pole made from 10,666 stacked sheets of paper.” There is a certain “pristine” quality to the work, and of course the material used is of interest. The exhibition is multi-media, and takes place in various locations in Toronto, Ontario. If you are interested, details of the show can be obtained from:
    Cheers, Helen, and many thanks again–

  2. Helen says:

    HI Chuck,
    You are not a bother! Thanks for pointing me to Dean Drever’s piece. I found a nice little video about it and have bookmarked it for The Sunday Paper. Feel free to pass along other information! All my best.

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