The Sunday Paper #48

The Sunday Paper #48

In the Studio: I’ve started using the handwritten words so many of you sent me for one of several new projects relating to mothers/motherhood. My Mormor (which means mother’s mother in Dutch as I’ve recently learned) had a tablecloth that she had relatives autograph when they visited (she’d bring it out at family reunions, etc). The names were signed in a spiral, and between reunions, my grandmother embroidered each name in a different color. I’m crocheting your words on this linen skirt. I took it to my daughter’s gymastics meet this morning and crocheted one whole word! 



It looks like they rigged a scaffolding to suspend the 10,000 sheets of paper that create this incredible ‘Boat’ by Zhu Jinshi, an intricate 15×3.5×4.2 metre installation crafted from 10,000 sheets of Xuan paper which was on display at Art Basel Hong Kong. It must feel awesome to be inside of that tube! Make sure you click view the slide show where you’ll see a detail shot of the suspended paper. 


This paper airplane video is just too good to miss! Be sure to watch all the way to the end – it will bring a smile to your face. I love the song, too!

Here’s another paperfact that will bring a smile to your face. This ranks among my Top Ten in paper advertising. Life insurance provider Beagle Street released hundreds of origami dogs made from £10 notes on the streets of London. Can you imagine stumbling across one of these sweet pups? 


Check out these carved paper books by Seattle-based artist Isobelle Ouzman, whose love of paper art manifests in her “Altered Books,” a project in which she tries to give otherwise neglected books a new life as one-of-a-kind art pieces.


Thanks to Rich Gray for sharing this video with me. It is long, B&W and not very high quality due to its age, but very interesting!  The Medical Service of the Finnish Armed Forces in Winter: The Utilization of Paper in the Care of Casualties appears to have been shot as a silent film in Finland in the late 1930s or early 1940s, probably by a Finnish military or medical agency. It shows Finnish troops on skis, demonstrating unusual techniques of emergency battlefield first aid. Soldiers use rolls of strong, reusable paper to make bandages, slings, even a stretcher. The film uses the terms crepe paper and kraft paper, and notes that, besides its durability as bandage material, the paper can withstand weights of up to 440 pounds when used to form the bed of a stretcher.


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, I 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. Ann Stuller says:

    Sorry, Helen, but mormor is a Swedish word for maternal grandmother and not Dutch.
    mormor=mother’s mother
    Greetings from the Oregon coast,

  2. Maidi Murphy says:

    Great Sunday Paper. Fascinating as ever. Thanks Helen.

  3. elisabeth lehrer says:

    I love the Sunday Paper. I an an artist and believe in recycling – there are so many uses for used paper products. Your Paper is so interesting and invigorating and inspiring. Thank you!