Two Invitations

Two Invitations

Plantable sheets from Botanical PaperWorks. “We take paper waste from local sources, such as envelope cutoffs and discarded business documents, and turn it to pulp,” said Heidi Reimer-Epp, co-founder and CEO of the company. (Botanical PaperWorks)

The Sunday Paper #421

July 17th, 2022

Invitation #1: I’m delighted to be giving a virtual Lecture, Illuminating the Paper Vessel, through the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking on July 26th at 7:30pm EDT. My presentation will focus on my artistic research into creating sculptural paper forms, and I will highlight my recent project, Step Into the Light, a giant collapsible paper lantern, that I recently constructed during a residency at a library in Thornton, CO. This project involved designing the form, constructing the armature, wrapping reed around the armature, and covering it with paper. Register for this free event here.

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Tom Balbo on Paper Talk, who has exhibited his work in paper widely and has garnered numerous awards and critical attention for his artwork. In 2008, Balbo founded The Morgan Art of Paper Conservatory and Educational Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio along with other local artists. He continue to work in paper, printmaking, and ceramics and divides his time between creating in his studio and as the Artistic Director at the Morgan Conservatory. Enjoy our conversation!

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Winners have been announced for the 2022 Paper on Skin wearable paper art awards, held in Tasmania, Australia. The $5000 Major Prize was won by Kaori Kato of Japan for her work Bilateral Relations (pictured). Over 30 finalists were selected from around the world. The other prize winners include Lissa-Jane de Sailles (Aus), Red Waratah Girl; Derek Voorpostel (AUS) In Honour Of Musashi (Ceremonial); Aïdée Bernard (FRA), Enlace #2, Mayhla Howells (NZ), he karere ki nga atua i te rangi; and Leonie Oakes (AUS) for Listening to the Night. Leonie also won the inaugural $1500 Temple-Smith Lawyers (Linda Johnston Director) Major Award for Paper off Skin, a new sister event to Paper on Skin.  Her work is a three-part piece called Between the lines a story lies. Other Paper off Skin award winners were Morena Fortino (ITA) – Homage to Hieronymus Bosch, and Erica Spitzer Rasmussen (USA) for Book of Sole. Two mentorships were also awarded to young Tasmanian designers Elouyra Hoving and Ruby Palmer.

The Paper on Skin works are being exhibited at the Devonport Regional Gallery until July 30th.

Kaori Kato (JPN) Bilateral Relations; Grant Wells Photo; Model: Shave En Vogue; Modelling Agency and Events; Hair and Make Up: Big Tease Pop-Up Parlour

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Many hand papermakers have made plantable paper, and now it is becoming a thing! This article in the Washington Post profiles several companies that are making plantable paper products.

Plantable sheets from Botanical PaperWorks. “We take paper waste from local sources, such as envelope cutoffs and discarded business documents, and turn it to pulp,” said Heidi Reimer-Epp, co-founder and CEO of the company. (Botanical PaperWorks)

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This is a fascinating article about a physicist who is studying the networks of crease patterns in paper folding.

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I’m featuring one-sheet wonders here on the blog, since the projects my new book, The Art of Papercraft, fall into that category. I’d love to feature your one-sheet wonders!

This is a bit of a cheat – it’s two sheets of paper. I taught a mini-workshop through the Vermont Book Arts Guild this past week and we wove paper houses. I told participants to hold their weavings up to the light after we finished, because we cut windows into the layers, and that can yield surprising results. Diana Dunn sent me these images of her weaving, with and without backlight. What a transformation!

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Paper Tidbits:

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In the Studio:

Invitation #2: If you’re in the Denver area, we’re having a culminating event for Anythink Wright Farm Library’s summer reading program and my giant paper lantern installation, Step Into the Light, on the evening Saturday, July 30th. Here’s the invitation. I’ll also be at the library this Tuesday (7/19) and Thursday (7/21) from 4-6pm  if you’d like to stop in and say hi (please e-mail me).

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I’m going to be offering a weekly selection of Small Sheets in limited quantities for the next several weeks. Thanks to those of you who purchased last week’s offering – I have 3 sets left.

This week’s selection includes ten sheets ranging in size between 7″ x 10″ and 9″ x 12″. They tuck neatly into a stiff mailing envelope for first class shipping ($24.99 includes shipping in the US). Click through to read a bit about this week’s set and place your order.

 

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