The Sunday Paper #49

The Sunday Paper #49

Work of the Week: This is a new idea, to show a work each week. This is a piece from my 100 x 100 Paper Weavings Project (and it is for sale :). I picked it because has an egg on it, and do you see that the egg is venturing toward freedom? Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

Weaving #57, 2013, 10" x 8", van dyke brown on handmade abaca woven with a lace paper, $100

Weaving #57, 2013, 10″ x 8″, van dyke brown on handmade abaca woven with a lace paper, $100

I met Yevgeniya Yeretskaya at the Movable Book Society Conference last fall. She’s a remarkable paper engineer. Check out this sweet video that shows off her pop-up book, Easter Numbers: An Interactive Counting Book.

And for Passover, I found a Haggadah collectionThe late Irwin Alterman of West Bloomfield, Mich., spent decades building an extensive and widely varied collection of Haggadahs. He was joined later in that endeavor by his wife, Marilyn McCall Alterman, who recently donated the collection of some 1,800 Haggadahs to the University of Michigan’s Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.


Check out these striking paper-stack prints by Aleksandra Domanovic. These are currently in the show States of Uncertainty at the Haggerty Museum, Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


I love this work by Jaq Belcher at Tinney Contemporary in Nashville, Tennessee. Hidden Light features works that are founded in a contemplative process of reduction and repetition. Each unique work begins with an unblemished sheet of white paper, a pencil, and countless x-acto blades. Belcher then proceeds to rupture the surface of the paper slicing thousands of “seeds,” a pointed oval shape based on the intersection of two spheres, commonly known as a vesica piscis.  The cuts are often in the tens of thousands and counted prior to the forms being raised. The play of light and shadow create geometric and dynamic compositions in a singular medium, the paper itself. Watch the slideshow at the link. The work is breathtaking!


With the demand for washi (Japanese) paper declining, the people of Kochi Prefecture came up with a product catering to a niche market while honoring the ethos of the time-honored craft: premium toilet paper rolls with traditional watermark patterns. How clever!


  1. Emily Marka says:

    I am so impressed with your postings. What a breadth of coverage and good photos and good writing. Kudos to you!

  2. Teresa Van Etten says:

    I love the woven handmade paper, especially with the egg for the them of Spring and rebirth, new life! Weaving paper, what a great idea to use my handmade papers, in my own way.
    The children’s pop-up book was wonderful! Just wish i had a small grandchild to share one with.
    I especially am intrigued by the vesica piscis cuts in the illuminated paper sculptures.Thank you for sharing these!

  3. Tuan says:

    Such great ideas here! One year, we used huge red construction paper that we pre-cut in a wavy ptretan, then pulled apart, so everyone at the table could get up and cross the Red Sea! Another year, we took shoe boxes and covered them to look like bricks. Then our girls and friends hoisted them on their shoulders, to replicate the movements of slaves hard at work. When one daughter was older, she wrote a play that we used for many years that tells the story in a funny way. Our adults love the scallion beatings that someone above mentioned. Soon, I’ll post the words if anyone is interested ( that I wrote as a Seder welcome song (good for folks who don’t know the story) to the tune of You Are My Sunshine, so that everyone could sing along. We played guitar/banjo with it creating perhaps the first-ever bluegrass Seder. Thanks, so much, Joanna, for everything you do!!

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