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Paper Effigies – Helen Hiebert Studio


The Sunday Paper #450

March 5, 2023

Because of everybody who has already despatched me map strips! What enjoyable it’s to obtain snail mail and your pretty messages. This warrants one other shout out about my map venture, as I’ll be gathering strips for awhile. As they are saying, the extra the merrier! Right here’s a photograph of what I obtained this week. It’s so enjoyable to see the handwriting, stamps and safety envelope patterns, too.

I’m about to start engaged on a how-to e book about paper weaving. In conjunction, I’m launching my subsequent venture – a collaborative paper weaving. I’m gathering map strips with messages from individuals around the globe which I’ll weave into a big wall piece representing our collective planet. I hope to characteristic this weaving within the e book and to exhibit it.

You possibly can assist by sending me your maps!

Right here’s what I want:

  • Minimize a map strip that’s 1” (2.5CM) vast and 12” – 24″ (30 – 60CM) lengthy.
  • I hope to gather strips from all around the world. Your strip doesn’t need to be native – suppose international. I’d like to have map strips out of your travels.
  • You possibly can ship as many strips as you want (from completely different locations).
  • It’s superb to fold your strips and tuck them right into a small envelope.
  • The paper must be in good situation in order that I can weave it – no brittle maps please.
  • Write the place that your map represents and a “imaginative and prescient for our world” on the again of your strip. Use any medium you want that does not bleed by to the opposite aspect, and write in your language of selection. Add doodles or drawings if you want.
  • Embrace your identify and e-mail tackle on a separate sheet within the envelope in order that I can credit score you and communicate concerning the venture.

Ship your strips to: Helen Hiebert Studio, 113 Mill Loft St. Unit C213, Edwards, CO 81632 by April 15, 2023.

Save the remainder of your map – I’ll be internet hosting a free zoom workshop to show you the way to make a novel weaving within the close to future.

It is a international neighborhood venture – please inform your pals. Let’s see if we will get a map strip from every nook of the earth!


It’s official: The Guinness World File for farthest-flying paper plane now belongs to 2 real-deal Boeing aerospace engineers. The file setters studied origami and aerodynamics for months, placing in 400 to 500 hours of making completely different prototypes to attempt to design a airplane that might fly increased and longer.



Wowza! Try these paper effigies by a father/son staff – considered one of seven artisans nonetheless making paper effigies on the island of Malaysia. They create every little thing from full-sized BMWs and iPhones, to 10-foot-tall mansions. Then, throughout a standard Chinese language memorial service to honor the lifeless, all of it goes up in flames.

Koh Eng Keat and his father typically construct elaborate papier-mâché mansions, like this one.


How enjoyable is that this? From e book butlers to library sleepovers: 10 nice UK locations to remain for e book lovers. This one, owned by bookbinder Rachel Hazell, has book-themed decor, with e book artwork on the partitions, a library of recent Scottish literature and a writing desk. I interviewed Rachel on Paper Speak again in 2018 when her e book Sure got here out.


Pals, I’ve unhappy information to share. Gordon Fluke, who was recognized for his experience in letterpress, papermaking and e book arts, handed away after an sickness on January 24, 2023.  A proficient artist, Gordon was the proprietor of J.D. Grahame Cracker Press in Santa Fe, a small personal press targeted on working with hand-set kind and hand-bound artworks. Please be part of me in making a donation to assist offset a journey insurance coverage declare that was denied and has compounded this tragedy. Learn extra and donate right here.


Paper Tidbits

  • The Crimson Cliff Paper Retreat is an annual week-long occasion in my Colorado studio, August 21-25. This 12 months, we’re specializing in Paper Panels: e book pages, display screen and lampshade panels, wall items, and extra.
  • A few of you contributed roots to my sculpture Mom Tree, and lots of of you’ve gotten seen her on view, first in Portland after which as she traveled across the nation. She is now on the Museum of Motherhood (sure, a museum about motherhood exists) in St. Petersburg, FL. I met the founding father of the museum, Pleasure Rose, all the way in which again in 2010, proper after I completed Mom Tree, and we’ve been speaking ever since. They intend to buy her to stay on website, and you possibly can assist! Because of these of you who’ve donated – we’re getting shut!


Papermaking Collection: Embossing


Featured this week in my Studio store:

The Artwork of Papercraft, Papermaking with Backyard Crops & Frequent Weeds, Water Paper Time, a movie obtain, and The Papermaker’s Companion.

The Art of Papercraft


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