Two Rivers Paper

Two Rivers Paper

The Sunday Paper #176, September 24, 2017

Paper of the Week: Two Rivers Paper

© 2012, Callum Innes, Pastel on Two Rivers paper, 52 x 42 cm

The work of Callum Innes caught my eye in this article, but then I wasn’t able to view the images again (hopefully you can with your first click – this has to do with the legalities of journalism; if not, look him up)! The text is equally enthralling though: Deep and bright hues of pastel chalks have been tediously worked and rubbed into the handmade paper, that nearly covers the entire surface with a sensuous and smooth texture. One is exposed to glimpses of the underlying layers of contrasting color that are most evident at the deckled edges of the works, bringing to fore the traces of the human gesture. I’d love to speak with the artist about his experience of working on handmade paper! Two Rivers makes beautiful rag papers for artists and designers at an ancient watermill deep in the Somerset (England) countryside.


In the Studio:

Here’s the next in my series of Word Broadsides: Perspective. I’ve been pondering how easy it is to stay close to those who have similar perspectives, yet how rewarding it can be to mingle with those who have differing views. The color of this broadside matches the golden hue of the aspen leaves that are currently showing off their fall colors here in Colorado.

Papery Tidbits

  • I shared this video about the making of Akari Light Sculptures with my Paper Lanterns online class participants this week.
  • I’m offering two Twelve Months of Paper workshops in Denver that include creating a selection of paper projects plus a copy of the 2018 calendar and a custom paper pack, which will be available soon. Join me at Highline Cohousing Community (November 4) or at the Arvada Arts Center (November 5). Or contact me if you’d like to organize your own Twelve Months of Paper workshop!


This is a lovely story about the work of Hong Hong, a young artist who is pushing the boundaries of paper in so many ways. Her work is currently on view in Hartford, CT.

Hong completes a large-scale paper pour at the Dirt Salon in Hartford, Connecticut, 2015. Photographer: Justin O’Brien. Courtesy of Artist. © Justin O’Brien.

Paperboyo makes these fun cutouts from cardboard and then brings them to life through photography. Look for his new book Around the World in Cut-Outs.

I recently learned about Celebration Company in Houston, an organization that provides life skills and meaningful employment to individuals with disabilities who, with joy and purpose, provide services and create products that celebrate the good of life. Check out their handmade paper greeting cards!

Floral papers have been popular for quite awhile. Cast Paper Art in Webster Groves, MO has a unique twist. You can just cut the heads off of a wedding bouquet (or funeral arrangement), mail them to the company. They’ll turn them into floral papers, usually done by the time the couple is back from their honeymoon!

Check out this podcast on Bookbinding Now, an interview with book artist Susan Joy Share (one of my mentors) by Paula Beardell Krieg.


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1 Comment

  1. Helen,
    Love Paperboyo photo from cardboard cutouts, thanks for the link!