Verso Jewelry on Paper Talk

Verso Jewelry on Paper Talk

The Sunday Paper #274
August 25, 2019

Paper of the Week: Melanie Brauner’s Paper Jewelry

Melanie Brauner is an artist in the Pacific Northwest who makes lovely hand dipped paper & metal jewelry. She grew up around artists, makers and craftspeople, and she never questioned whether she could be an artist and make a living. She learned to make paper with me at the Oregon College of Art & Craft, where she studied book arts and metals. We talk about how her business took off after she started wearing her jewelry around campus – people were buying the pieces she was wearing – and how she’s built a super successful jewelry business with her work in over 50 retail shops around the country. Enjoy our conversation!


Out of The Studio: My Lecture in Indianapolis


Papery Tidbits:


Here’s a clever cartoon that a blog reader sent me a few weeks ago (thanks, Chuck). I’m afraid I cut off (or didn’t receive) the cartoonist’s name. What a great way to break the ice with your doctor!

Did anyone make it to this lantern procession in Olympia, WA last weekend? I love these paper lights from last year’s event!
I enjoyed this story about Shiori Aiba, an adventurous young Japanese woman who studied Material Futures in London and now lives in Berlin where she designs clothes and fashion items using washi (Japanese handmade paper). Check out the jewelry she creates out of layers of colored sheets of paper that are compressed into three-dimensional geometric shapes.

I could watch this for hours. Click through to see it in motion! Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a mathematical framework that can turn any sheet of material into any prescribed shape, inspired by the paper craft kirigami (from the Japanese, kiri, meaning to cut and kami, meaning paper).

I’m fascinated by paper stories (can you tell)? This young man from India started folding paper flowers at 9 years of age, and has ended up in NYC making paper creations for all kinds of interesting venues.


MY NEW BOOK – I NEED YOU! I’m in the gathering phase for my next book about all kinds of objects you can create with a single sheet of paper. I envision a visual design element that runs through the book and features a gorgeous array of paper. Do you have a sheet or two to send me? I’m looking for samples of the following, and this list is by no means complete. I want to open people’s eyes to what they can do to a sheet of paper, followed by projects showing what they can do with a sheet of paper.

  • coated papers, such as persimmon, indigo, etc.
  • dyed papers like itajame, shibori, etc.
  • paste papers
  • marbling (I have enough of these)
  • simple printing techniques
  • rubber stamping/mark making
  • stenciling
  • dimensional techniques, like embossing, momigami, etc.
  • unusual techniques
  • handmade papers (this won’t be a book about how to make paper, but again, I’d like to show readers what is possible).


  • 8-1/2″ x 11″ samples (more or less)
  • Please label these on the back of each sheet with your name, e-mail address, website (if relevant) and a brief but thorough description including the type of paper, the technique, etc.
  • Mail to: Helen Hiebert, 113 Mill Loft St. Unit C213, Edwards, CO 81632

Deadline: October 15, 2019
I will credit you in the book and will be eternally grateful for your contribution. Thank you!


Featured this week in my Studio shop:
Have you made the August project in the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar? Here’s Laurel Rogers version featuring a map paper + machine-made momigami, The Papermaker’s Studio Guide download, Alpha, Beta, …, an artist’s book, my Woven Paper Lantern online class.


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