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!
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 collection. The 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!