Déja vu all over again

By early afternoon yesterday, my work bench was looking hauntingly familiar.

I have started folding the backing panels for a second wall piece using the same Shrigley binding variant as I used for G is for Geography.

G for Geography is now complete. All the embroidery is done and the cover panels attached to the sixteen interior junctions.

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Friday Night Flicks: Kia Sue Papercutting

Last week’s video featured the work of Korean artist Na Seo Hwan, who creates woven forms from handmade, handspun paper. Paper cutting is another art form where paper is not just a substrate for other media. Today’s videos feature the cut paper art of Kia Sue.



If you have another two and a half minutes to spare this weekend, here’s a second video.



You can also see more of her work on Béhance.

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A Bit of Progress

I have been easing back into working on pieces for Square Dance — my upcoming (September) solo exhibition at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery. G is for Geography has remained on my worktable since late November, while I worked on the Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019, contributions to #areyoubookenough, and instructions for the Frank Fold. It is definitely time to get back in top gear.

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Friday Night Flicks: Jiseung/Noyeokgae: paper weaving

Last week’s flick by Aimee Lee showed the process of making Korean handmade paper (hanji). Today’s video, also by Lee, shows one of the end uses of hanji.

From the accompanying text on Vimeo:

The process of cording and weaving hanji (Korean handmade paper) by a master weaver, Na Seo Hwan. He is a 3rd-generation master who learned from his father, who learned from his grandfather. He has also developed a more effective and efficient way of cording paper, which is different from the way most paper weavers work. This ancient paper craft, known formally as noyeokgae, still exists in Korea today but the intense labor, time, and strength required for it means that very few masters remain, and even fewer serious disciples.



For another type of paper weaving, you may want to check out Helen Hiebert’s on-line course, Weaving Through Winter. The first lesson was posted yesterday, but you might still be able to join and spend the week-end catching up.

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The Frank Fold: a reduced version of Hedi Kyle’s Franklin Fold, with an optional cover

As promised last week, here is a slightly simplified version of Hedi Kyle’s Franklin Fold from The Art of the Fold by Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol. I call it the Frank Fold, since Frank is a slightly reduced version of Franklin. I have also changed the folding/cutting order to something I find easier to control.

The Frank Fold is one page folded to produce a cover with diagonal pockets on the front and back covers and three four-page spreads.

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Friday Night Flicks: Hanji and The Art of Audacity

Aimee Lee may be best known for her book Hanji Unfurled (Legacy Press) which describes her experiences learning to make hanji —Korean mulberry paper. This video introduces her and covers a little of that process and her ongoing exploration of hanji.



You might spend a few minutes this weekend watching one or more of the videos Lee made while on a Fulbright scholarship learning to make hanji in Korea.

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A Test Model from The Art of the Fold by Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol

Well, two test models in fact. I received a copy of The Art of the Fold from David for Christmas and thought I should try something from it before I am once again buried in preparations for my solo exhibition, Square Dance.

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Friday Night Flicks: The Delicate Work of Restoring Mechanical Antiques

Whether you follow the tradition of celebrating the holiday season until Twelfth Night, or  follow the Julian Calendar and are still working up to Christmas, it is still the holiday season so I thought a video about someone who repairs mechanical toys would do nicely for today’s flick.

This Atlas Obscura video is part of their Infrequently Asked Questions series and features antiquarian horologist Nico Cox.



May you have a relaxed weekend, not worrying too much about the time.



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Party Hats for New Year’s Eve

I promise to return to more bookish posts in the New Year, but I couldn’t resist one last paper folding project for 2019. This fold is made from a rectangle so it didn’t fit the theme of the Advent Calendar, but it is a quick and simple way to fold a party hat.

I was probably taught this fold by my favourite aunt, Anne, but I don’t really remember. It might have been my favourite uncle Bert —the one who could draw chickens, and roar like the MGM lion, and who gave me books for birthdays and Christmas. Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: The Joy of Books, Again

I’m taking it a bit easy for a few days after all the Advent posts, so today’s wonderful stop-motion flick is a re-post from August of 2015. If you saw it then, I hope you enjoy it this time around as well.



Perhaps you will spend a little time with books this weekend.

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