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Paper Crafting: Calm within the Storm April 12 2021

Meditative Repetition

Paper Connection's Artist-in-Residence talks about rhythmic ease.
Using PCI Papers
It's wonderful to create but sometimes there is hesitation in starting something new or sometimes we don't consider ourselves a real creator. News Flash: We are creators and have been from the get-go. Take a jog back to your newborn self. You're hungry and wet. Your baby self thinks, "look what happens when I cry." And guess what? That baby got fed and diapered, and all was good in the world. That's the creator speaking. That baby didn't think, "I can't do that." That baby said, "I need to solve these issues I'm having." So don't fake yourself out or analyze too much. Take a minute to realize every solving proposition, every yearning, every curiosity is an opportunity to create. We do it every day without a second thought. Yes, well, we aren't all Michaelangelo. Sure, that's true, but then again, no one is you, except you. I mean - like read Dr. Seuss. He knew this stuff. So here's a fun project to make you laugh out loud and say, "Whoa, look what I just did." Make no mistake, you need to learn. Once you get the hang of creating individual origami-like modules, you'll own your own build. You can repeat and grow your design. Whether waterfall, topographical map, caterpillar, pyramid, or whatever makes you twinkle. No two, like those amazing snowflakes, will ever be quite alike. Get out your paper, straight edge, flat surface, and maybe a gluestick (tape, glue gun, stapler) and I'll show you how to get going. I've even provided a video for all you visual thinkers. Note: This project is meditative, repetitive, and soothing. So put on a rerun of "Sisters," "Sabrina," "Grace and Frankie," "Six Feet Under," or "Chef John." Watch or listen to what makes you happy and if your table needs to be set for 6 p.m. dinner, find an out-of-the-way place to fold, cut, and glue. BTW, easy on the gluestick. It's super great to make your piece changeable. Don't be intimidated. You can do this. It's building blocks that fit together. There is no right way, just your way. Trust in yourself and I beg you, don't hyper-criticalize . . . is that a word? My video helps. I also pulled from the internet a line-drawn folding tutorial you might find helpful module making. So you know, the beginnings of my process did not start with beautiful paper. No way was I using Lauren's (PCI's) handmade paper when I had no clue what I was creating. Be experimental and curious. For example, I used the pages from a catalog the first time around. The paper was way too thin. One sheet wasn't enough so I doubled up (or more). I also found that humidity with "catalog" paper caused major bowing of edges. Fine for an experiment but not great for an end result. Final materials for my piece:
  • PCI Papers: Lokta Paper from Nepal, Hand made An-Jing from China made from Xuan Fiber, Echizen from Japan, Moyou-Shi from Kochi Japan (Note: this process requires that each piece of paper is square and the same size)
  • Straight edge
  • Sharp cutting edge (scissors, Exacto, knife)
  • Matt board (something to cut on that you don't care if your knife makes a mark on)
  • Gluestick (tape, glue gun, stapler)
If you get into the whole origami aspect of this process, here's another cool tutorial area to take you further. I would love to see your creations! Learn How to Make Origami With These Easy Online Tutorials (mymodernmet.com) Diversity of Texture

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Hanji Meets the World January 10 2015

Without a doubt Koreans are passionate about their kimchi and have successfully shown the rest of the world what they're boasting about. After attending a hanji-Korean paper- symposium entitled " A Thousand Years Old Hanji, Meets the World" , I have no doubt hanji too will soon be rolling off everyone's tongue! Korean kimchihanji symposium, ksdf, Korean Craft and Design Foundation Hanji is one of the finest papers in the world and certainly has many die-hard fans. It is, however, still less known in the global market compared to other Asian papers, i.e. Japanese (washi), Thai, or even Indian cotton papers. SO WHAT ARE SOME OF THE UNIQUE QUALITIES OF TRADITIONAL HANJI? webal -style sheet formation, no top locking screen, side to side dip, each sheet is double-couched in 2 opposite vertical directions, log rolled over couched sheet to elimate air bubbles and possibly helping release pulp from bamboo screen, and dochim: burnishing or hammering process which flattens, increases the density of paper. SAMSUNG CSC20141217_15213120141217_152128 Most of the attendees from foreign countries were book and paper conservators from places like the Tate Gallery in London, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and several other world-renowned institutions. In fact, the focus of the conference was the case for hanji to be used in repair and conservation. Once the special features of traditionally-made hanji were established over a few days, the conservators could better speculate in what particular repair applications hanji would be the right fit. The visit to observe actual papermaking, was one step towards understanding the material at hand and how it may behave with other materials. It was a rare occasion for conservators and papermakers to be sharing each others' daily jobs, but quite key for mutual of understanding between users and makers. For me, this emphasized the need for paper vendors like Paper Connection, as we are really "interpreters" of so many hundreds of paper needs and applications. At Paper Connection we feel it is our role to chronically disseminate and convey information into a paper vocabulary which the maker or manufacturer can relate to. Thanks to the prestigous members of the group, we had the privilege of being invited to a special viewing of the archives of Chonbuk National University, (one of the largest collection of antiquities in Korea); what incredible facilities. Two of my favorite book authors were part of my group: Ms. Aimee Lee and Mr. Nick Basbanes. IMG_5696 As you can imagine, the uses for hanji are endless, also true for almost any other well-made paper. Of course, Paper Connection is honored to carry hanji, both in an array of wonderful colors and neutral tones. Our hanji line is becoming quite popular, and now available here. In 2015, we will be stocking a thicker (96 gsm) hanji for printmaking or for backing, and a new thinner paper for basket cording. Check back here often! We were very lucky guests of the mayor of Jeonju, 20141218_115712where we were treated to feasts and traditional pansori music performance. Jeonju is considered the home of hanji and famous for the old-style architecture maintained in Hanok Village, IMG_9274of course, bibimbap, (rice bowl with meat), and the best pansori singer in the land.SAMSUNG CSC Many thanks again to The Korea Culture & Design Foundation for inviting me to the symposium. It was a great opportunity for me to learn more about hanji and its culture, its applications in conservation, and Korea, of course. A very special thanks to Ms. Bo Kyung Kim of Fides International and hanji artist Ms. Aimee Lee. SAMSUNG CSC Photographs provided by Paperwoman and KCDF.

2012 RISD Graduate School Exhibiton May 25 2012

20120525-172624.jpgDetailed abstract print on washi -called "kitakata" by Amanda Thackery.20120525-172631.jpgA room, with a moving, musical wooden floor by Mara Streberger with washi -shouji paper "walls". More great, final projects below...not using paper, but great visually!20120525-172646.jpgCeramics.20120525-172654.jpgTextile and Fiber.20120525-172700.jpg

Tales From The Twin Cities, Part 1 June 16 2011

I just came back from my first visit to Minneapolis/St. Paul, and participated in in the Surface Design Association Conference for the very first time. The conference normally takes place in Kansas City, but this year it was in Minneapolis within the University of Minnesota East Campus. Within the massive University of Minnesota campus there is the Textile Center, art galleries, like the Regis and even a Frank Gehry building. Delving into the world of fiber arts was a bit of a side step for both me and Paper Connection. I thought : What's "in" in the fiber world? ; what the latest craze?... Around here in little Rhody, the Weaver's Guild members' interests have been peaked with making shifu...touched upon in a recent blog. See below. And over the years Paper Connection has had various fiber artist customers, who work mainly with paper- like paper quilters. Check out Lucinda Carlstrom's work; she's phenomenal. Only in the last couple months I have acquired a lovely book called "Paper Textiles", by Christina Leitner. Reading Ms. Leitner's book plus some other fiber art books from Japan, encouraged me to think deeper and attempt to round out my paper knowledge with the story of paper as a textile. Stitched, sewn, stapled or glued, for centuries paper has been made into cloth or has been part of textile. Just last week, while at the SDA conference, I learned about joomchi- the Korean art of paper felting. I can't get enough of Jiyoung Chung's joomchi pieces. Jiyoung lives in my town, Providence!, and she happened to be teaching at the SDA conference, and had her work exhibited at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Too many coincidences.
MCBA Joomchi by Jiyoung Chung
Looking back to last week, I have to say the first day was truly the highlight of the trip to the Twin Cities. Events planned for that first day was a staff meeting and evening presentation at Wet Paint: a very loyal, faithful, and consistent customer for years, located in St. Paul. Beth Bergman, the owner, and her wonderful staff was gracious to host me at the store, so I could introduce the techniques of hand-papermaking and paper textiles to a bunch of eager fiber artists via SDA conference, as well as to local, Wet Paint customers. The Wet Paint staff was not only interested in my paper-preach, but they are all very interesting and talented artists, who I wish I could have spent more time with. After the first day of my trip, I was quite fortunate to spend time with Ann Snowbeck, a buyer at Wet Paint, who is just a sweetie pie; most importantly... I realized she and I have the same (great) taste in accessories! More Twin City tales coming soon.

Stitched on Paper May 27 2011

Peter Crawley merges three worlds with his amazing illustrations using thread and watercolor paper to create type or buildings. Very clever!
The most popular colors in the world are stitched onto heavy, white watercolor paper, using, you got it, cyan, magenta, yellow, and black thread. Two of my favorite subjects: architecture and typography, demonstrated with two fiber materials; how cool is that?!

Dancing with the...Architects October 22 2010

How I wish I was there, to take a literal visual tour of the ODC/San Francisco theater building, with the event, Architecture of Light. Dancers guided the audience through the refurbished building not with a laminated brochure, but by six dances. How would you like to be on that kind of tour? It inspires me the next time I greet visitors at Paper Connection! Not that I will break out into a salsa with them, but, who knows, maybe create a little paper dance. found via dwell

Post-Consumer...no waste. September 23 2010

Who wrote this desk? The desk in the architecture library at Delft University of Technology is made from recycled books. Found via illusion 360

Design in Secure Banking. September 17 2010

Wouldn't you love to BANK here? Yes, it IS a bank. It's the Tokiwadai Branch of the Sugamo Shinkin Bank, designed by Emmanuelle Moureaux. I love how there are no signs that is a bank. Unless you were a client here, you wouldn't know. What a great security measure! Found via wallpaper.