Who’s Your Valentine?

Who’s Your Valentine?

© Susan Knight, photo by Rick Brown, Yard Light Media

The Sunday Paper #349

January 31, 2021

Papermaker of the Week: Brian Queen

Hey papermakers! I’d love to feature you in this column one day soon. All you have to do is fill out this form.

Freshly couched chiaroscuro watermarks utilizing a mould made using a laser cutter and CNC machine.

Brian Queen lives in Calgary, Canada and has been making paper by hand for more than 30 years utilizing a wide range of materials and techniques. His interests span the book arts including hand papermaking, bookbinding, calligraphy and letterpress printing. Queen’s special interest is light and shade or chiaroscuro watermarks, and he uses both traditional and innovative techniques to create these watermarks. As a craftsman and toolmaker he explores how new technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutters and CNC machines impact the book arts, and he writes on the subject for various publications. Trained as a draftsman, he owns and operates Sensa-Light Ltd. along with his brother, a company that manufactures custom architectural lighting for commercial spaces, hotels, and restaurants.

In the Studio: Who’s Your Valentine?

I did a Woven Paper Valentine demonstration on zoom last week, which was extremely well attended (we maxed out at 500, wowza)! I’ve edited the video and posted it on YouTube, so if you weren’t there, you can make it too! If you make one, share it on instagram and tag me (@helenhiebert)!

Interested in paper weaving? My popular online class, Weave Through Winter is now open for registration, and class begins on February 15th.

  • Create a daily practice as you explore a variety of papers and weaving techniques.
  • Commit to an hour of creativity a day (more or less).
  • Challenge yourself to share what you create (there will be prizes)!
  • Stimulate your mind by finding, mixing and matching papers; and find satisfaction in the ordinary while creating something extraordinary.
  • Immerse yourself in a supportive and inspirational paper-loving community.


Papery Tidbits:


Stephanie Hare of Share Studios has relocated to Maine (from Philadelphia) where she continues to create handmade paper that calligraphers and wedding planners seek out, largely through her Instagram page, @share.studios. She also makes and sells unique papermaking tools that are popular. Check her out!

Susan Knight grew up with a connection to water. In her exhibit, Core Sampling Magic, she explores groundwater. “In my exuberance to learn more about water around the world, I wanted to express what I can’t see,” she said about the installation at the Museum of Nebraska Art. Using paper and Tyvek, the artist suspended 80 pieces of floating cut paper artwork to replicate the relationship between soil and water, something she explored with hydrogeologist Susan Lackey.

© Susan Knight, photo by Rick Brown, Yard Light Media

I love when people come up with innovative ways to fund their passions! Berk Armagan, a 26-year-old young man from Istanbul, Turkey draws the sites around the world that he visits on simple paper coffee cups to fund his globetrotting passion.

© Provided by Xinhua | Turkish artist Berk Armagan draws on a paper cup in Ankara, Turkey on Jan. 27, 2021. (Mustafa Kaya/Xinhua)

This is a fun tag line for this tree free toilet paper: We roll differently. It’s made with 100% ultra-soft bamboo. I’ve made paper with bamboo fiber, and I wonder where Cloud Paper is doing their manufacturing and/or sourcing their fibers.

Oh, Joseph Wu, how fabulous! Click through to see his origami Bernie Sanders and Amanda Gorman memes!


Featured this week in my Studio shop:

Collage Packs, Playing With Pop-Ups, The Papermaker’s Companion, and Alpha, Beta …, an artist’s book


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