Paper Limericks

Paper Limericks

The Sunday Paper #501

March 24, 2024

Thanks for all of your comments about post #500 last week! I love this paper community – enjoy these limericks from Chuck Crockford,  a reader and supporter of this blog, as well as a member of The Paper Year. He wrote the limerick on the left for issue #100 and the one on the right just last week. Thanks, Chuck!

As I mentioned last week, in celebration of 500 Sunday Paper blog posts, I’m doing a GIVEAWAY – 5 lucky winners will receive a copy of my book, The Art of Papercraft. Enter to win by telling me one thing you like most about The Sunday Paper. The deadline is 3/29/24 and winners will be announced next Sunday.


Join me this coming Friday for a one-hour FREE Zoom workshop at noon MST (Denver). In honor of the solar eclipse (which will occur on April 8th) we’ll be creating this Interactive Eclipse Card. Make the card, and then spin the wheel of the volvelle (one of the oldest forms of moveables) and illuminate the moon phases (and the eclipse) with your phone or flashlight!

This workshop will also include a brief presentation about my Paper Year membership program, which will be open for registration March 29th – April 10th.

Sign up for this one-hour workshop and invite your friends


Check out this article by L. Clark Tate highlighting black artists working in paper.

An immersive paper art installation by Veronica Hodges.


A new short film called “Gruff” features extraordinary artwork by filmmaker Julian Curi, who drew all of his characters and backgrounds by hand on paper, manipulated the drawings like puppets before the camera, and used computers to erase the wires, giving his film a uniquely intimate feel. The film centers on the relationship between its heroine, Hazel, and her emotionally distant father, Abuelo, a character loosely based on Curi’s own father. Here’s a brief segment on CBS Sunday Morning.


I’m ending today on a sad note: paper friend Sara Gilfert passed away on March 15th. I met Sara shortly after discovering papermaking in the early 1990’s, and saw her over the years at papermaking conferences. In 2002, Sara founded Paper Circle in Nelsonville, Ohio, a non-profit arts organization with the mission of the preservation, advancement and celebration of the paper and book arts, where her legacy lives on. Sara was recently inducted into the NAHP Hall of Papermaking Champions.

Sara’s family is planning a memorial service for her birthday on June 1, 2024, and they have a request. If you have digital photos of Sara, please send them to her daughter, Susan Gilfert: sgilfert@gmail. They plan to create a presentation featuring photos of Sara’s life. Godspeed, dear Sara.


The Future of Hand Papermaking – Can You Help? 

Sara and I were in touch via e-mail just a few weeks ago about the potential of a staff person from Paper Circle coming to work in my studio. Every request that I receive (and they are coming more frequently) tugs at my heart. Although I’m passionate about the future of our craft, every intern I host requires planning and coordination prior to arrival; care and guidance while they are here; and financing to cover their expenses to be able to spend time here. Just yesterday, I received this request from a college student:

“I have an inkling that papermaking could be my life’s passion, and want to gain more experience.

Your internship would be a dream come true!”

Here are the questions that linger in my mind: Are there other studios that provide paid internships (or assistantships)? Is there an institution that could oversee a national program? Are there individuals who could help establish a fund to support paid internships? Here is my current offering, and I’d love to hear from you if you would like to be part of this conversation!


Paper Tidbits

  • Have you had a chance to listen to my interview with Goran Konjevod on Paper Talk?
  • The Focus on Book Arts (FOBA) in-person conference is back June 26-30, 2024, at a new location: the Western Oregon University Campus in Monmouth Oregon. Workshops this year feature a number of new to FOBA instructors, as well as long time favorites – covering book making, paper making, surface design, content creation and printmaking techniques – sign up before they fill up.
  • Check out the paper weavings created by participants in this year’s Weave Through Winter online class.


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