Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…or so it usually goes – but, with a 55 degree New Year’s day it seems like a far off notion. Maybe we need to come up with a little “snow dance?” For now, we will share a simple snowflake fold that is quick and easy. Make…

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Paper Connection was thrilled to visit Puerto Rican printmaker and book artist Mariana Ramos Ortiz at Brown University’s Walter Feldman Book Arts Studio. Mariana was a visiting scholar at Brown. Her politically engaged work is charged with bold and beautiful block prints.  Collaboration Mariana collaborated with Brown literary arts lecturer, Erica Mena on a handmade book about…

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Echizen washi comes to us from Fukui Prefecture, a very famous paper-making area in western Japan. It is a region that is most recognized for production of Japan’s notable paper currency. Echizen Washi is a special collection of paper with a sheen. Hikkake, the brocade-like patterns on surface of some of the Echizen papers are created…

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Part I ­­– Inspiration:  My passion for washi (Japanese paper) and washi craft objects was sparked in the late 60’s when my mother returned from visiting Japan with a suitcase full of goodies.  My attraction to anything paper grew strong, as did my intention to visit Japan someday. Fast forward to the 1980’s; I moved to Japan, and while…

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If you missed our warehouse sale last week, Paper Connection is open to the public special holiday hours this month and December, 2015.  Get out your calendars! If you know in advance generally what type of paper you are looking for; ie, for a particular application, please call in advance and we can have it out and ready…

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Do you have the winter blues? Right now, if you are in the New England area, you might say: “yes!” We have had quite the winter so far, with snowstorm after snowstorm, and bitter cold to boot. However, with my amazing staff we have been able to keep our tight paper-ship running, sending out orders, and…

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Paperwoman stayed local last week as she  had the opportunity to take a tour of the book conservation lab and bindery at Brown University’s John Hay and Rockefeller Libraries through the Watts Program. Here’s some quick glimpses of what was she saw, including an ancient Ethiopian hand-scribed, Christian manuscript with coptic binding,  a wonderful piece…

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Korea claims a unique and intriguing art called joomchi. How do you go about making joomchi?  It’s easier to try with your own hands than to explain in words…but here it goes.  This is my beginner’s understanding of the process: At least 2 layers of Korean mulberry paper, or hanji, are first wet, then, aggressively gripped,…

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…in Providence, anyway… The AS220 Print Shop will be celebrating their new and expanded location, with a Holiday Sale, in the recently-restored Mercantile Building at 131 Washington Street, in downtown Providence: December 11th, 10AM-2PM. Paperwoman will be there too, so stop by to say “hello” or “konnichwa”. I’ll be carrying some fresh-baked paper items in…

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