The Unity Project

The Unity Project

The Sunday Paper #352

February 28, 2021

Papers of the Week

My first curated paper collection has almost sold out! If you were thinking of acquiring these papers, here’s one more chance. Don’t delay, I just have 5 sets left ($75). I also have a few sets of the four sheets you see pictured above ($25/set) and 6 extra sheets of my tangram watermark ($12/sht). I’d love to get these out into the world. You’ll find these three products in The Paper Shop (while supplies last).

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In the Studio: 

My online class Weave Through Winter is so inspiring! I learn as much as participants do. Here are just three of the hundreds of weavings that were created this week: Rebecca Winter wove two copies of the same photo together; Peg Riley inserted old film strips into a piece of wall paper; and CJ Mittendorf cut curved strips and windows. Follow the hashtag #weavethroughwinter to see what we’re up to. You can also sign the waiting list for next year’s class.

Weavings by #weavethroughwinter participants Rebecca Winter, Peg Riley and CJ Mittendorf

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Papery Tidbits:

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I recently interviewed John Sullivan on Paper Talk, who started Logos Graphics 46 years ago when he moved to San Francisco, CA. The shop transitioned from offset lithography to letterpress in 2000, and it was letterpress printing that sparked Sullivan’s interest in the subtleties of paper. As digital presses captured a larger portion of the print market. there was a narrowing of paper texture, color and thickness. Have a listen!

I’ve been to New Bern, NC, and was delighted to read about the Unity Project. Local youth and community members started working on this project in August, creating a metal framework covered with painted paper mache. Jonathan Burger, executive director for the Craven Arts Council, came up with the original idea, stating that his goal was to give every district in town access to the arts by bringing it to them. They create it, it symbolizes unity, and the entire community gets to enjoy it!

Elephant dung paper? Eeeewww! Sunny Rajopadhyaya has been converting elephant dung (digested plant fiber) into usable paper products. His startup ‘Ecoorb Ventures’ is a great example of sustainable waste management and entrepreneurship.

Papers made of elephant dung are drying in the Sun. Photo: Ecoorb Ventures

Plant Dye Zine is an independently published magazine full of botanical dye articles and recipes. Published by natural dyer Rebecca Desnos. Rebecca has written 4 dye tutorials and there are 7 other articles and recipes written by creatives from around the world.

If you’re into decorating Easter eggs, check out this clever way to collage paper napkins onto eggs.

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Featured this week in my Studio shop:

The Papermaker’s Studio Guide DVD, Playing With Pop-Ups, The Papermaker’s Companion, and Tangram watermark paper.

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