Summer is the season for cyanotype! Cyanotype is a sunshine-filled simple, and satisfying project to experiment with using washi. Follow the instructions for the cyanotype process as directed in the product you choose. We’ve used Jaquard brand Cyanotype which comes in convenient kits that you merely add water to make the solution needed for paper…

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We met Helen Hiebert back in the early ’90s, in SoHo, NYC at Dieu Donné Papermill , and have since watched her blossom into truly a paperwoman extraordinaire. In our conversation below, we discuss handmade paper with Helen, who has cultivated a solid reputation as an educator, artist, writer and champion of the art of paper.  Enjoy her musings on handmade paper,…

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We didn’t have to look too far to meet our next Artist of the Month: Esteban Martinez.  How close?  How about a next door neighbor! Rhode Island has a reputation for being small, where there exist three degrees of separation, with those degrees going down as the art scene in the Ocean State only gets…

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With all the paper cutting art we see, everywhere from ETSY’s on-line gallery to the museum or gallery down your street,  I asked myself, where did this phenomenon come from?  And why is paper cutting so hip right now? It all starts at the beginning; it always does! …Seeking the origins of the traditional folk art…

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A couple of weeks ago I blogged about my friend Yasuyo Tanaka and her first solo show here in Japan.   I spent 3 days with her,  her art and delightful artist friends up in Tochigi Prefecture. Without a doubt it was the highlight of my time here in Japan.  Yasuyo’s work is superb, her workshops…

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Looking forward to this weekend, where I’ll be in a room full of art lovers, paper artists and probably some fellow paper junkies. My talented friend, Yasuyo Tanaka, has returned to Japan for her show in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture.  The show is called “Transformation-questioning myself“.  The Manhattan based Japanese weekly newspaper called NYSeikatsu, -“NY daily…

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Chigiri-e literally means torn paper collage.  Chigiri (pronounced with a hard “g”)  and e (pronounced like “ay” as in “hay”.  Chigiri is the noun form of the verb “to tear” and e is any kind of art picture: collage, painting, drawing, etc. When you see one of these detailed collages in person, it’s hard to…

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May is a great time to head to the city.  The weather was perfect last week- dry, sunny.     Here’s the May sky at Lexington around 30th Street. Was in NYC for a networking event called “Rock the World”  sponsored by the on-line, woman’s entrepreneur group called Savor the Success, with my RI associate, Joan M.…

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Still not sure which is which: Japan or the USA, but the timing seems just about right to depart from one home or the other.  My other self gradually gets unpacked upon arrival: paperwoman: the (mainly) researcher in Japan and paperwoman: the teacher/marketeer back in the US. This was a few days ago at a…

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