Two Rivers

Two Rivers

Photographer: Zoe Bradley Design Studio

The Sunday Paper #395

January 9, 2022

Happy New Year again! I hope your year is off to a good start. We had our daughter and her boyfriend here from Oregon for a few days this past week and enjoyed our time with them.

In case you missed it, here’s Helen’s 100 Papery Picks for 2021. I hope you made some new paper discoveries, and that you’ll share you favorite paper things with me, too.


I’m busy preparing for the official launch of The Art of Papercraft on February 15th. Save the date for a FREE Zoom event that will take place at noon MST on that day. I’ll be opening registration for the book launch soon.

In the meantime, I had a lovely interview with Deborah Balmuth on Paper Talk. She is the editor who discovered me back in 1995 and the reason I’m an author! She is currently publisher and editorial director at Storey Publishing, the publisher of four of my books, where she heads up efforts to acquire and publish outstanding, long-lasting nonfiction books that support Storey Publishing’s mission of promoting personal independence in harmony with the environment. We chat about how Deborah reached out to me after reading about a class that I was teaching at the Horticultural Society of NY in the mid-1990’s, as well as the nuts and bolts of how a book gets published. Enjoy our conversation!


This is a lovely conversation with Jim Patterson, founder of Two Rivers Paper in the UK, where he has been making paper for over 50 years! The two-part video series is on Jackson’s Art Supplies in London – a website worth perusing!


Rabbit hole warning: someone tipped me off to the work of Zoe Bradley who says “I work with paper just as a designer works with fabric: folding, pleating, curling and stitching the material“. Wowza!

                        Photographer: Zoe Bradley Design Studio


The Holle Award for Excellence in Book Arts, sponsored by the University of Alabama, is taking applications through January 15th. Applicants must be Book Arts students currently enrolled in a graduate Book Arts program in the United States, or students who have graduated from such a program in the last 12 months.


Paper Tidbits:

  • Reserve an autographed first edition of The Art of Papercraft and get a free downloadable pop-up alphabet plus a reservation card in the mail.
  • If you have pre-ordered The Art of Papercraft elsewhere, you can now get the free downloadable pop-up alphabet with proof of purchase through my publisher, Storey Books!


Online Class Registration:

My popular month-long class, Weave Through Winter, is now open for registration, and class begins on February 1st! Would you like to jump start your creativity? Crave the inspiration you get from the act of making? Love beautiful papers? Have a desire to connect with others who share these same goals? Join us, as we weave our way through the 28-day month. I weave along with the group, and it is a lovely experience.

Registration for The Paper Year closes tomorrow (January 10th) and won’t open again until April 1st. I like to think of this as a year-long online class, and we are having so much fun exploring a different technique and project each and every month. I am continually blown away by the variety of approaches each participant takes to each project: choosing a variety of papers, expanding on the project, exploring the technique, and sharing what they discover in this creative community.


Featured this week in my Studio shop:

The Art of Papercraft, Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds, The Papermaker’s Companion, and The Papermaker’s Studio Guide, a film download.

The Art of Papercraft


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  1. Jeri Oswalt says:

    Helen, FOBA is searching for applicants to our Fellowship program. Perhaps you know of someone (or many someones) you could nudge. Applications are due January 31st. We have three positions including one reserved for someone from a traditionally under represented group.
    More information at

    • Helen Hiebert says:

      Jeri, I will mention this on the blog next week – please let me know if that isn’t appropriate.