Joyful New 12 months! Whether or not you’re simply discovering this weblog otherwise you’ve adopted it from the start (we’re arising on Publish #500!!) thanks for following alongside on this paper journey.

That is the third annual finish of the 12 months listing of 100 of my favourite papery issues – from instruments to tutorials, inspirations to on-line explorations – I hope you get pleasure from studying by means of it as a lot as I loved placing it collectively.

I’d like to know your favorites too – please depart your feedback under. You’ll discover that a number of of the really helpful gadgets got here from different paper lovers this 12 months. Thanks!

Be happy to share this listing along with your paper-loving pals. Get pleasure from!


Paper: Determining which paper will work greatest for a specific undertaking is difficult, however it may be a pleasant journey. There are such a lot of qualities – thickness, opacity, foldability – to call just a few. My recommendation: attempt it and see if it really works. If it does, it turns into a favourite paper. If it doesn’t, you realized one thing!

  1. O-Gami papers are crisp, sturdy, stunning, and ideal for anybody who desires a superior folding paper. Paper Circle makes these 100% abaca handmade sheets in quite a lot of richly pigmented colours.
  2. Free Ends advertises itself as uncommon supplies for unusual artists, and so they actually do have uncommon papers, most of that are small batches from unbiased papermakers within the USA and overseas. Additionally they promote uncommon ribbons, ephemera, and natural textiles. Really useful by Helen Spielman.
  3. French Paper is a industrial mill within the US. They’ve began promoting multi-packs – you get a number of a number of colours – which makes it simple to discover their paper collections.
  4. Kozo Studio in Thailand creates all kinds of handmade and ornamental machine-made kozo papers. Free delivery on orders over $99.
  5. Consider a particular want and write it on Flying Want Paper, after which form your paper right into a tube and place it on a platform. Mild the highest fringe of the tube and watch it burn down in a small, stunning flame.
  6. Rock Paper is a novel substrate that’s waterproof, cuts, folds and embosses properly, and you may work on it with quite a lot of media. Some sheets are translucent, and the small sheets are available beautiful colours.
  7. Acuity Papers is a household owned on-line retailer of Nice Artwork Paper. They carry a big selection of printmaking and drawing papers from around the globe.
  8. Ilan Garibi and Gadi Vishne, over at Joyful Folding, have evaluated over two dozen frequent and unusual origami papers and gathered collectively details about sourcing, costs, and which methods the paper is greatest for. Really useful by Madonna Yoder.
  9. The Handmade Paper Alternate is an annual paper swap of full sheets of handmade paper. Ship some, get some! Deadline is January 15.
  10. Origami-Store (in France) has a implausible number of uncommon papers for origami, together with a number of the greatest books on the topic.


Strategies: There are such a lot of methods to rework paper, and I’m fascinated with all of them! Take a stroll on the wild aspect with paper by following the hyperlinks under – you may simply find yourself in a paper vortex.

  1. The items I’ve seen that had been impressed by Paula Krieg’s current sequence of Seminole Patchwork with Paper are unimaginable. I really like how she had an thought and developed it together with her on-line group.
  2. There are such a lot of methods to weave paper! Take a look at how Sia Hurtigkari is exploring scale, colour, and end.
  3. Chilean artist Catalina Swinburn’s elaborate sculptures use 1000’s of items of folded paper to discover world historical past. She is drawn to concepts round migration and displacement, turning materials derived from books, paperwork, and maps into large-scale wall items and complicated, robe-like compositions.
  4. Get a glimpse into how Awagami Manufacturing facility creates handmade paper for a set of attractive wallets for the corporate PostalCo.
  5. This work, by Sanaa Gateja, is created from rolled paper beads. The manufacturing of his supplies gives sustainable employment for craftswomen throughout Uganda.
  6. Xavier Casalta creates his works on paper, one dot at a time. He estimates {that a} current piece incorporates about 48 million dots of meticulously stippled black ink.
  7. It is a beautiful profile of Ramona Garcia, who hosts workshops to show others concerning the historical past of the standard Mexican paper mache doll and incorporates artwork remedy to advertise psychological well being.
  8. Colette Fu was artist-in-residence at BIMA and created this large pop-up e book referred to as 许愿树 (Wishing Tree).
  9. Yulia Brodskaya by no means ceases to amaze! Over the previous 12 months, the artist has developed a sequence through which she portrays the “individuals of Gaia”—a hopeful imaginative and prescient of what individuals shall be like sooner or later – utilizing her distinctive paper quilling approach.
  10. I’ve loved watching the evolution of Matt Shlian’s sculptural work with paper through the years.


On-line Assets: I’m nonetheless a fan of precise books, paper, and libraries, however there’s no arguing that the web permits us to share and find out about issues we’d by no means uncover within the analog world. Many of those are repeats, and so they’re price repeating! Listed below are ten blogs and organizations that unfold the love of paper.

  1. The Worldwide Affiliation of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA) is a membership group for paper artists.
  2. Ann Martin delights in showcasing the perfect paper artwork and craft created by worldwide artisans by way of the Artist Highlight sequence on her allthingspaper.internet weblog. Additionally featured are step-by-step paper craft tutorials, the most recent paper artwork and paper craft books, in addition to spherical ups of paper jewellery, handmade ornaments, paper crafting kits, and many others. She sends out a colourful publication each three weeks that’s loaded with much more paper-y goodness. Subscribe to her publication.
  3. Hand Papermaking’s print and on-line publications chronicle the best work within the subject of hand papermaking, whereas advancing the scholarship and manufacturing of handmade paper and paper artwork. The biannual print journal consists of tipped-in paper samples; how cool is that?!
  4. North American Hand Papermakers is a company that brings collectively individuals enthusiastic about hand papermaking, to encourage sharing of sensible, historic, and creative information concerning the craft.
  5. Trish Witkowski is ending her fashionable Fold of the Week sequence after 15 years. What a tremendous run, and all 655 inspirational episodes (plus the ten final ones which are popping out quickly) will all the time accessible to view.
  6. Jade Quek retains tabs for us on every thing e book and paper-related together with her Guide & Paper Arts Calendar. You possibly can join her month-to-month e-newsletter on the hyperlink.
  7. The Movable Guide Society is a nonprofit group that gives a discussion board for artists, e book sellers, e book producers, collectors, curators, and others to share enthusiasm and change details about pop-up and movable books.
  8. Do you hearken to my podcast, Paper Discuss? This previous 12 months, I performed 17 interviews with papermakers, paper engineers, origami artists, floor designers, e book artists and authors.
  9. Papercraft Miracles is a woman-owned small enterprise in Buffalo that creates sustainable handmade paper & stationery, handcrafted paper flowers, handbound books and plantable seed bombs.
  10. The Kalamazoo Guide Arts Middle hosts a preferred annual Illustrated Accordion exhibition. Entries are due on January 22.


Books/Magazines/Articles: My assortment of books about paper continues to develop, and I’ve catalogued them on Library Factor. Listed below are ten new faves, some in my assortment, some on my want listing.

  1. Sample & Circulate, by Mindell Dubansky, chronicles the flourishing of American embellished paper arts starting within the Sixties and increasing to the 2000s and showcases marbled paper, paste paper, fold-and-dye papers, and extra.
  2. The Artwork and Artwork Remedy of Papermaking: Materials, Strategies, and Functions, by Drew Matott and Gretchen Miller, gives a complete assortment concerning the modern practices, media, and worth of hand papermaking as social engagement, artwork remedy, and private voice.
  3. Kelsey Pike’s new e book, Trendy Papermaking, makes the craft comparatively simple and accessible since all of the important instruments and provides may be DIY’d, recycled, and thrifted. It gives all you must begin making paper.
  4. The heroin in The Paper Magician is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic and learns to fold animated paper creatures, amongst different issues.
  5. Laura Russell’s restricted version artist’s e book, Beautiful Warriors celebrates 26 ladies battling Parkinson’s Illness. This e book is an empowering exploration of beautiful ladies! All earnings from this version shall be donated to a corporation supporting ladies with PD.
  6. Nationwide Guide Award finalist Beth Kephart’s new e book, My Life in Paper: Adventures in Ephemera, is a memoiristic inquiry into the methods through which paper shapes and holds our lives by way of a sequence of letters written to the late Dard Hunter.
  7. Beatrix Mapalagama has printed an attractive e book about her work on the Papierwespe in Vienna over the previous few many years. This e book is full of pictures of inspirational methods of working with paper developed by Mapalagama and others.
  8. Uppercase Journal launched Quantity R, Rag & Pulp, of their Encyclopedia of Inspiration sequence as advised by means of stunning imagery and provoking tales and interviews.


One-Sheet Wonders. One thing that has captivated me all through my profession is what number of methods a single sheet of paper may be remodeled! Listed below are 10 one-sheet wonders that caught my eye.

  1. Uashmama’s Toge Toge Lampshades are flat sheets of their signature washable paper that velcro collectively and match completely round a typical wine glass. They arrive in enjoyable colours and are illuminated with a tea gentle.
  2. I’m completely entranced each time I see one in all David Umemoto’s designs. He sells architectural DIY templates by means of his firm,
  3. Sho Shibuya creates work on the entrance web page of the NY Occasions – creating a visible and emotional interpretation of the information.
  4. Gina Pisello shares just a few new tutorials on her weblog annually. I loved these Spiral Packing containers.
  5. That is an attention-grabbing story about folded paper triangles.
  6. João Charrua folds human faces from single sheets of paper. I really like what he says about paper folding: “Origami requires rational and sequential thought, the place every fold goes to type half the entire, and so they all have to return collectively to supply the ultimate outcome.”
  7. Paula Beardell Krieg made a video tutorial for one of many initiatives in The Artwork of Papercraft – the Pleated Show Stand designed by Hedi Kyle. Paula’s obtained some intelligent extra ideas for the undertaking and paper suggestions too. Share a photograph if you happen to make one!
  8. Take a look at the July/August subject of In style Mechanics, that includes an animated paper airplane.
  9. Pulpatronics tackles single-use electronics with paper RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags.


Artists / Designers /Tinkerers: I as soon as thought I would run out of individuals to function on the weblog, however I’m satisfied that it is a endless listing. Get pleasure from these 10 and I’ll introduce you to 10 extra subsequent 12 months. 

  1. Paper Life! Ocean is a sequence of paper sculptures by Tina Kraus who is considering how the local weather disaster, air pollution, and the lack of biodiversity have already had a big effect on nature and life on this planet.
  2. It is a beautiful profile of Ruma Choudhury, who runs an organization referred to as Paper Nest. By her intensive analysis in Birbhum in West Bengal, India, she has been capable of efficiently procure fibers from 38 pure assets that are indigenous to this district.
  3. Right here’s one thing to make you smile! These monumental paper installations by Marianne Eriksen Scott-Hansen convey vibrant flora indoors.
  4. Marieke de Hoop runs PapierLab in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She has been making and experimenting with paper for the previous 40 years utilizing conventional papermaking methods. De Hoop works with different artists and makers to create distinctive, stunning and sustainable papers and merchandise.
  5. I loved this interview with Shigeru Ban on Heidi Zuckerman’s podcast, About Artwork. He constructs complete buildings with cardboard.
  6. Kelli Anderson began a month-to-month good mail membership this 12 months. I all the time sit up for receiving her month-to-month paper experiment, which ranges from paper contraptions to small pop-up books, magic tips, zines and artwork prints.
  7. HiiH Lights makes attractive lights in Oregon. They create collectively the perform of sunshine, the craft of handmade paper, and the artwork of sculpture. Handcrafted in Astoria, Oregon, their designs are in residential and industrial settings, in addition to galleries all through the nation.
  8. Minneapolis, Minnesota artist Liz Sexton creates sculptures that blur the road between the animal kingdom and human life. Working with paper mâché, she creates massive masks of fish, birds, and mammals that should be worn.


Tutorials + Lessons: There are countless potentialities for what you may make from/with/of/on paper. Listed below are only a few concepts.

  1. Janine Vangool, editor of Uppercase Journal makes use of earth pleasant packaging to ship her magazines, however she’s gone one step additional to develop a sequence of tutorials that encourage subscribers to reuse the mailers.
  2. I hosted three free mini Zoom workshops this previous 12 months. Catch the replays and create your personal: 1. Faceted Map Ring 2. Crown Lantern 3. Pleated Paper Card 4. Tea Mild Topper
  3. There are a number of e book arts facilities throughout the US that supply workshops in books arts, printing, device making, papermaking, letter arts and extra. The San Francisco Middle for the Guide, Minnesota Middle for Guide Arts, Middle for Guide Arts NYC, Kalamazoo Guide Arts Middle are just a few that come to thoughts. What have I missed?
  4. Cathryn Miller created a brand new sequence of papery Introduction tutorials for 2023. Right here’s the index to all 25.
  5. Mariela has been generously offering origami tutorials on her YouTube channel, OrigamiManiacs, since 2011. Not solely is she instructing fold superb origami buildings however she additionally invitations the masters of origami from all around the world to share and educate their buildings. Really useful by Jade Quek.
  6. Equipment Davey makes playful artwork to unfold delight throughout the planet. She affords stay on-line workshops in e book arts each couple of weeks.
  7. Matthew Reinhart’s countless enthusiasm for paper is infectious. He’s obtained a great deal of tutorials over on his YouTube channel.
  8. Madonna Yoder at Gathering Folds creates superb tessellations and teaches origami folders the rules behind folding, reverse engineering, and designing tessellations to allow them to fold no matter patterns they like.
  9. Megumi Lorna Inouye’s upcoming e book, The Soul of Giftwrapping comes out in April, 2024, however right here’s a sneak peak undertaking – Tips on how to Wrap a Guide with out Tape.
  10. Take a look at these Skillshare programs by Clarissa Grandi, who performs round with geometry and blended media and teaches others this fantastically accessible artwork type.


Inspiring Initiatives: It’s really superb to witness the concepts that folks give you to ponder what is occurring in our world and to make it a greater place by way of paper.

  1. Bruce Foster created a large (8 foot tall) pop-up e book for the for the Christmas service at Crossroads Church. Take a look at the 4 spreads: a winter scene, the Nativity, theThree Clever Males, and the Crown of our King of Kings.
  2. It is a nice story about an organization in India that’s offering sustainable employment to rural ladies. Itsy Bitsy is a scrapbooking firm and the largest client of handmade paper within the nation.
  3. How cool is that this? Since 2015, the humanities nonprofit Visible AIDS has celebrated Valentine’s Day with ladies residing with HIV by means of LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN (LPW), a grassroots initiative that makes use of the vacation as a backdrop for activism and advocacy by means of group kinship and artistry. With the assistance of Brooklyn-based paper-making mill Dieu Donné, LPW invited artists, activists, and group members to design hand-crafted Valentine’s Day playing cards to distribute internationally to ladies residing with HIV.
  4. “Round 1,300 years in the past, a girl leant over a treasured e book, and etched some letters into the margin, together with some cartoonish drawings. She didn’t use ink – she scratched them in, in order that they had been nearly invisible to the bare eye. Till final 12 months, no-one knew they had been there…” Now, researchers are capable of “see” these etchings because of a brand new imaging expertise on the Bodleian Library, which may map the bodily texture and contours of a e book web page, manuscript, or the floor of different historic objects reminiscent of printing plates.
  5. Who knew that mathematicians had been trying to find a form that by no means repeats itself (after all they had been)!  The man behind the invention of ‘The Einstein Tile’, David Smith, is a retired printing technician who spent quite a lot of time at residence chopping shapes out of paper and experimenting with them. The Nationwide Museum of Arithmetic in New York and the UK Arithmetic Belief in London then requested members of the general public for his or her most inventive renditions of an einstein. A few the finalists used paper! 
  6. Almost 4 million origami hearts had been displayed on the complicated of the famed Angkor Archaeological Park in northwest Cambodia’s Siem Reap province to point out help for the thirty second Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games.
  7. Graveyards are more and more changing into a matter of concern for the setting. You possibly can contribute to nature and present your duty in the direction of the generations to return earlier than reaching the grave. Ecopod Coffins are produced from 100% recycled paper.
  8. I’ve no phrases for the entire (pointless) ache and struggling on the planet. We people simply hold messing up! Heather Dearman is CEO of the 7/20 Memorial Basis (her cousin Ashley was paralyzed within the Aurora, CO capturing, and Ashley’s daughter Veronica and unborn child had been killed). One of many issues the inspiration does is fold paper cranes, every with a message of affection and help, turning them into wreaths to be despatched out to communities impacted by a mass capturing. You possibly can take part within the Paper Crane Peace Challenge.
  9. This text shares the attention-grabbing historical past of paper balloons (kamifusen). They’re a specialty of Izumozaki, Niigata Prefecture, Japan, the place they’ve been produced for greater than 100 years.
  10. Alexis Arnold’s Crystallized Books rework novels, guides, and maps into gleaming sculptures that contemplate how we worth and use objects. Arnold submerges discovered books right into a scorching tub of water and borax. When water boils, its molecules increase, and because the saturated water cools once more, the molecules shrink and any extra borax crystallizes. Out of the swimming pools come books coated with dense, translucent clusters that stabilize the objects as warped, crinkled mounds.


Movies: If an image is price a thousand phrases, what does that make a video price? Listed below are 10 movies in quite a lot of codecs that I believe are useful to observe.

  1. David Martinez is a Venezulean programmer who’s a dreamer and paper folder  residing in Bogota, Colombia. He very generously shares his origami creations each on Instagram and YouTube. Really useful by Jade Quek.
  2. The wearable paper artworks created by finalists within the Paper on Pores and skin™ competitors display the unimaginable versatility of paper and the revolutionary capability of the artists. As a particular deal with for worldwide audiences, movies have been made from the entire works (and the gala parade), permitting the wearability and craftsmanship to be seen intimately. Paper on Pores and skin™ is held in Devonport, Tasmania (AUS). Really useful by Diane Britt and Lyndal Thorne.
  3. Do you know I’ve a YouTube channel? I all the time wish to say that making paper is one third arrange, one third making, and one third clear up, so this Papermaking Sequence options movies in all three areas.
  4. Lots of you’ve seen this, however it’s all the time enjoyable to observe Papermaking on Sesame Avenue! Search for a well-recognized (though a lot youthful) face and hearken to the catchy tune.
  5. I loved this fascinating lecture (recorded on the Cincinnati Asian Artwork Society) by Diane Maurer, artist, instructor and writer, who tells the story of her profession in instructing, demonstrating and writing books about ornamental paper.
  6. Felon: An American Washi Story debuted not too long ago at Princeton. This one-person present options the poetry of Reginald Dwayne Betts and a paper kite set created by Kyoko Ibe, the artist behind a earlier rendition of Recycling: Washi Tales. The by means of line is Elise Thoron, the NY author and director of each items. Watch the video concerning the undertaking right here.
  7. Ann Manuel is engaged on a stunning paper set up referred to as Breath, consisting of a whole bunch of seed pods and flowers. The work was impressed by the expertise of witnessing her mom’s remaining breath — and her mom’s dying want to see the flowers from her backyard preserved.
  8. Click on by means of to observe a stunning video concerning the Residing Seashore that Jane Kim created (with paper) for the Nationwide Aquarium in Baltimore. I really like how she talks about artwork and the way it could make issues which are hard-to-see (like underwater animals) seen.


Instruments & Provides: Right here’s an eclectic listing of instruments and provides for papermaking and paper crafts.

  1. Shanna Leino manufactures a small line of hand instruments for bookbinders and craftspeople which are as stunning as they’re practical.
  2. Want a sugeta for Japanese Papermaking? Carriage Home has you coated!
  3. I really like my press from Arnold Grummers – it may possibly press small sheets of handmade paper in addition to books, flowers, and different small gadgets that want urgent.
  4. I get a number of adhesives from Washi Arts: this double-sided tape,  rice starch paste in a tube and this tapioca starch glue stick.
  5. Hollanders in Michigan focus on handmade papers and bookmaking provides. Really useful by Tess Corridor.
  6. Talas in NYC has an exquisite and big selection of provides of handmade papers and bookmaking provides at cheap costs. Really useful by Tess Corridor.
  7. Eco Enclose is an innovator in eco-friendly packaging and delivery provides, and so they have nice customer support. They provide free samples (however they ask you to pay for delivery – I believe that’s truthful).
  8. Colophon Guide Arts Provide sells every thing you want for bookbinding, field making and marbling. I’m a giant fan of their Londonderry linen thread spools – I believe I’ve one in every colour!
  9. I’m a giant fan of all types of attachments and connections. Eyelet Outlet sells all kinds of ornamental brads, that are a enjoyable option to join sheets of paper. I buy colourful eyelets from them, too.
  10. I exploit these bulldog clips to carry issues collectively as I work, particularly when creating lampshades. Their flat surfaces turn out to be useful for clipping them to shade frames with out leaving a mark.


Helen Hiebert Studio in Crimson Cliff, Colorado. Picture by Crimson Cliff Paper Retreat participant Dell Combs.

About Helen Hiebert Studio: My curiosity in how issues are made (from paper) hold me updated on present paper traits, which I write about weekly on this weblog. I additionally host the podcast Paper Discuss, that includes artists and professionals who’re working within the subject of hand papermaking and paper artwork.

Uncover my hottest papermaking and papercraft assets – together with details about instruments and provides, how-to movies, and paper ideas – multi function place by becoming a member of The Paper Advisor (it’s FREE)! You’re additionally welcome to affix my free fb group, The Paper Studio, the place we share what we’re making with paper on Flaunt it Fridays!

I run The Paper 12 months, an internet membership program, the place we discover inventive paper methods every month in a supportive group. My different fashionable on-line class is known as Weave By Winter –  this course takes place every February as we discover the artwork and craft of paper weaving. I’m additionally the writer of six books about paper crafts and papermaking, and I supply an annual paper retreat and host two papermaking grasp lessons in my Crimson Cliff, Colorado studio every summer season and fall.


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