What a Mess! (a new book)

What a Mess! (a new book)

The Sunday Paper #163, June 25, 2017

Paper of the Week: Silk Screened Indian Handmade


There is a wide selection of imported silkscreen papers from India, and I found this one on a recent visit to Two Hands Paperie in Boulder.


On the Road:
My daughter’s BFF in Portland was in a fashion show that we went to a couple of nights ago. Her outfit was gorgeous, but what I’m showing here is a Coat of Hope created by the artist Nancy Judd (who specializes in Eco Trash Couture and so much more). This coat is made from Tyvek and attendees were invited to write their hope/s on a strip of Tyvek which was attached to the garment.
Papery Tidbits:

  • Please contact me if you’re interested in promoting your business by sponsoring a month in the 2018 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.
  • I’ll be launching my biannual online paper sale next month! Stay tuned for a selection of handmade papers you won’t find anywhere else in the world!


Keith Allen’s new pop-up book, What A Mess! is now available online and in stores! It’s no secret that most children do not like to pick-up after themselves. Packed with amazing paper pop-ups, this book sets out to promote personal responsibility by answering the question: “What would happen if we just didn’t clean-up?” The complex paper-engineering makes this book exciting for all ages and the hilarious story is perfect for both boys and girls ages 3-8.


Check out these sculptural books by Mumbai based book sculptor Banoo Batliboi rescues old abandoned books and reimagines them in new forms. Batliboi’s works are quite diverse, so click through to read an interview and view more.


Here’s a cute pop-up penguin to brighten your day! This structure has been around for a long time and utilizes a rubber band, but I’ve never seen a double stacked version like this with one polyhedron on top of the other!

For those of you into computer programming, researchers at MIT have created a universal algorithm for folding origami shapes that guarantees a minimum number of seams. This is a bit above my head, but hooray for the intersection of math and art (and hopefully some of you will find this useful)!
I discovered these sweet pop-up Portland bridge cards by local artist John Bacone at a little shop on NW 23rd. Google his name + vimeo to watch the bridges in action.


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  1. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Thank you so much for mentioning Julie Chen’s retrospective at the University of Washington! I planned a trip to visit friends around it and was fortunate enough to meet Sandra Kroupa on the day that I visited the university. The end result was a wonderful session with her viewing a number of books in the special collection, including some of yours! Again, thanks! Without The Sunday Paper I doubt I would have known about this wonderful opportunity. The Paper inspires me every week and reminds me that there will be another chapter in my life after I finish teaching.

    • Awww, that’s so wonderful to hear, Phoebe! I’m so happy to have made this connection… that’s what it’s all about. Thanks for sharing!