The Sunday PAPER: First Edition

The Sunday PAPER: First Edition

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 leave your comments and suggestions below!


 I love this article about how Jenna Jafek-Jones got her paper flowers to Hollywood. Don’t they look real?


The Crimson Poppy, Jenna Jafek-Jones website, is lovely too.


The Mobile Mill is a traveling paper studio: one Columbia College Chicago grad student’s quest to make paper bricks out of the paper that passes through her hands (among other things).


Laurie LeBreton’s  “Healing Machines” were inspired by Emery Blagdon, an outsider artist and farmer in Wisconsin, who filled his barn with sculptures that channeled healing forces.


I had the pleasure of meeting fiber artist Jo Stealey when I was a visiting artist last fall at the University of Missouri. Watch this beautiful video slide show of her retrospective at the Spitzer Art Center.

Enjoy your Sunday!


  1. wow , very very nice and exciting video ! thanks for sharing, and good luck, I hope to meet you soon Mrs. Helen! -Paolo-

  2. catie cooper says:

    like a lot

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  4. Mary Kritz says:

    Hello Helen: What a marvelous approach to the paper arts/book arts. Loved the video, flowers and paper bricks. I look forward to next Sunday’s post.

  5. Sue Selbie says:

    thanks for sharing

  6. Congrats Helen! YOU are just on FIRE these days!!
    Wishing you the very best and thank you for this great reading op!

    • Helen says:

      Thanks, Linda. Glad you like it and happy reading and discovering along with me!

  7. Ann Silverman says:

    Wonderful! Thank you.

  8. Leslie Stewart says:

    Your posting inspired me to look up fellow Wisconsin artist Emery Blagdon. What a great story! I have your first two books and look forward to acquiring the new one.
    Thanks for your inspiration. (I think we share a birthday as well as a love of paper:)

  9. Helen – thanks for the wonderful opening and inspiring first postings on your new blog. Congrats! Wish I could join you in Italy, too, didn’t work out for me this year. Looking forward to following your paper adventures, Kim

  10. Love this and that paper can not go obsolete as long as we crave it and keep the trees alive! I found a large piece of birch tree paper on the ground today and just find something so sacred about that! I love trees and all the things we get from them especially hand held art works! Sanna

  11. Shariek says:

    Hi Helen,
    Super idea, thanks for taking the time.
    Your books have been really helpful in my journey
    as a paper maker !

  12. Dorothy Yuki says:

    Thank you for the video. It was so inspiring. Love to know your teaching schedule.
    Paper has been so much a part of my creative life and I appreciate all you do.

  13. Sandie Butler says:

    I have been making doll heads from different paper pulp using a mold. Each one is so unique. They remind me of what I might find on an archeological dig. Is there anyway I can post them?