Water Paper Time

The Sunday Paper #300
February 23, 2020

Paper of the Week: Tant Origami Paper

Two contributors to the book I’m writing recommended Tant origami paper, which I’d never heard of before. But you know how when you hear about something, it starts appearing everywhere? I was talking to a paper distributor a few weeks ago who told me that Tant is packaged in Echizen, the paper town I visited in Japan. Well of course, I had to get some to see for myself (and of course, to re-create the projects that are being contributed to my book). I got a pack of 100 sheets (6″ x 6″) in assorted colors. I created the weaving you see here during Weave Through Winter (my online class that wrapped up last week). Oh, and that little 300 in the middle is because this is the 300th edition of The Sunday Paper! I wonder if anyone has read all 300 issues?


In the Studio:

I am busy creating the prototypes for the projects in my upcoming online class Flexible Book Structures. This is an expanding file folder book with a magnetic closure.

Papery Tidbits:


I love the simplicity of pure white paper. Angela Glajcar creates environments using just hand-torn paper, light, and space. Her work is on view through March 28th at K.OSS Contemporary Art in Detroit.

Courtesy of K.OSS Contemporary Art

More white! Ayumi Shibata envisions the three-dimensional shapes she wants to create and begins cutting. I love what she says: “White paper expresses the yang, light, and the process to cut expresses the yin, shadow. When the sun shines upon an object, a shadow is born.”

The Press at the Palace of the Governors has a new limited edition publication: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave. 2020 marks the 175th anniversary of the first appearance of this text. I enjoyed reading about the paper used for the book: the text is printed on Zerkall Book, a mould-made paper from the Zerkall Paper Mills near Düren, Germany, and Barry Moser’s engravings are printed on a vintage mould-made sheet from the Whatman Paper Mills near Maidstone, England, founded in 1740. The marbled papers were made by the book’s printer, Thomas Leech. Only sixty copies are available. Ooh la la!

Courtesy of Press at the Palace of the Governors, photo Margot Geist

Look at this gorgeous tunnel book that Lisa Merkin shared over in The Paper Studio. We’re focusing on pop-ups this month, and it has been amazing to see all of the variations. Interested in creating with us on Facebook? You’ll find us in The Paper Studio. Simply request to join the group and we’ll see you there!

This is a cool video about John Collins, who flies world record paper airplanes.


Featured this week in my Studio shop:
Tangential, Water Paper Time, a paper meditation in the form of a film, The 12 Months of Paper Collection, and The Papermaker’s Companion.


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