This Week’s Sunday Paper (on Tuesday)

This Week’s Sunday Paper (on Tuesday)

The Sunday Paper #365

May 30, 2021

Hello! Did ya miss me? I had every intention of sending The Sunday Paper out on Sunday, but I took my laptop with me on a weekend jaunt to Grand Junction and when I opened it, the screen was dead. So, I was forced to relax instead of work, not a bad thing! I hope you enjoyed the long weekend.

I’m super excited to announce my upcoming Celebrating Solstice series and hope you’ll join me!

  • Phase 1 is a FREE Zoom session this coming Saturday, June 5th, where we’ll be making an Accordion Solstice Book. Register to attend.
  • Phase 2 is a 3-hour live online Panel Lampshade workshop, which sold out quickly. Please sign the waiting list if you’re interested, and I’ll let you know when I will offer it again later this summer.
  • Phase 3 is my 6-week Paper + Light online class that begins on June 21st (the solstice). This was so much fun last year, that I’ve designed new projects to keep us exploring illuminated paper structures.


The Inspire Hope Campaign helps bridge the gap between generations. Halton Alive coordinates a new initiative every other month. Their most recent flower initiative saw an incredible 6,633 handmade flowers delivered to elderly residents. These paper flowers now decorate the rooms of the elderly and are a sign of spring and a symbol of hope! As they say, the world is more beautiful when we love and respect each other.

I can’t wait to receive my copy of The Complexities of Pop-Up, a new publication by master paper engineers David A. Carter and James Diaz, published by Poposition Press. The Kickstarter campaign has been wildly successful and has already met several stretch goals, which means that everyone who backs the campaign will receive pre-cut pieces to make the pop ups from the book. That’s amazing. Support the campaign and grab your copy!

CJ Middendorf participated in my Weave Through Winter online class and shared this book she created recently in The Paper Studio (my free facebook group). There are two back-to-back weavings on each spinning panel in this accordion book. Wowza!

Here’s another example of someone cooped up in a hotel for quarantine and using the paper bags he had meals delivered in to make wild west art.


Paper Tidbits:


In the Studio:

Some of you contributed roots to my Mother Tree project over 10 years ago! It looks like she might spread her wings again (and come out of storage) at the end of this summer. The seven-foot tall handmade paper dress/tree features single strands of thread which extend from the bodice of the dress, representing mother’s milk, and cascade to the floor, transforming via crochet into roots which pile up, filling the surrounding space as a tree’s roots would fill the ground beneath it. The transformation from dress to tree and root to soil symbolizes the mother as a provider and nurturer throughout human development. I collected over 500 crocheted roots from around the world that surround the paper dress… and, if all goes as planned, you’ll be receiving an invitation to crochet more roots soon. Stay tuned!


Featured this week in my Studio shop:

Celebrating Solstice Zoom Event, The Papermaker’s Companion, Paper + Light Online Class, Papermaking With Garden Plants & Common Weeds


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  1. Roslyn Hamilton says:

    I have only just found you and also just finished my fine arts degree majoring in sculpture using paper. Now that I have finished studying I will spend my time making plants into paper. Banana, yucca, bamboo would be my favourites.
    I have bought your 2 books Helen which I love. Now I am listening to your I pods and all your artists you interview. I am in Australia 400 kls north on the coast from Brisbane the capital of Queensland. Keep up the good work and ya for paper.

    • Helen Hiebert says:

      Roslyn, thank you for your kind words, and welcome to the world of paper! – Helen