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Paper Talk is an ongoing series of interviews by Helen Hiebert featuring artists and professionals who are working in the field of hand papermaking.

Paper Talk Helen Hiebert Studio

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    • 4.9 • 26 Ratings

Paper Talk is an ongoing series of interviews by Helen Hiebert featuring artists and professionals who are working in the field of hand papermaking.

    Emily Martin

    Emily Martin

    Emily Martin has produced more than fifty artist’s books, often using movable and/or sculptural paper engineering techniques. Martin’s books are included in public and private collections throughout the world, and she has received grants and residencies from the College Book Arts Association, the Center for Book Arts in New York City, and the Bodleian Bibliographical Press in Oxford, England among others.  Martin has two adult daughters and lives in Iowa City, IA with her Vandercook SP15 printing press. She rides her bicycle as often as she can, sometimes all the way across the state of Iowa.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Roberto Benavidez

    Roberto Benavidez

    Roberto Benavidez is a sculptor specializing in the piñata form. Benavidez worked in metal-casting first, but then began longing for more accessible materials and switched to paper. His piñata forms play with the underlying themes of race and sin innate in the piñata, layered with his identity as a mixed-race queer artist, with a focus on impeccable craftsmanship. Benavidez’s sculptures have been featured in national, international and on-line publications, including ARTnews, Artsy, Atlas Obscura, hifructose.com, Hyperallergic, Politiken, The Guardian, The New York Times and This Is Colossal.  He has exhibited his work in numerous group and solo shows, and Benavidez’s Javelina Girl (Illuminated Piñata No. 14) was featured on the cover of The New York Times, Fine Arts & Exhibits section on October 23, 2022 . 

    • 49 min
    Megumi Inouye

    Megumi Inouye

    Megumi Inouye is a gift wrapping and packaging artist. Known for her sustainable wrapping designs and creative innovations, she encourages repurposing, utilizing everyday things around us and using organic and recyclable items. She attributes her passion for gift wrapping to her Japanese heritage and the cultural values that underlie the meaning behind the art of giving. Her new book, The Soul of Giftwrapping, features creative techniques for expressing gratitude, both literally and figuratively.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Beth Kephart

    Beth Kephart

    Beth Kephart, a National Book Award finalist, is the award-winning author of some 40 books in multiple genres, an award-winning teacher of memoir, a widely published essayist, and a women who loves paper. Her new book is My Life in Paper: Adventures in Ephemera (Temple University Press).

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Claire Van Vliet

    Claire Van Vliet

    Claire Van Vliet is a printmaker and typographer who founded Janus Press in San Diego, California in 1955. She received a MacArthur Genius Grant in 1989 and is known for her innovative use of pigmented pulp to create images in edition for books, prints and broadsides. Van Vliet has exhibited and lectured around the world, in universities and museums.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Goran Konjevod

    Goran Konjevod

    Goran Konjevod grew up in Croatia, where he studied mathematics and computer science. After completing his graduate studies as Carnegie Mellon, he worked as professor of computer science at Arizona State University from 2000 until 2010, when he moved to California and is now based in Livermore. Konjevod started designing origami sculptures in 2005 after having folded from books for a long time. He has been trying to develop new approaches to folding paper and other sheet materials, using mostly very simple folds (but lots of them). His pieces rely not only on geometry but also on the mechanical properties of paper, with the pleats generating tension and curving the paper into three-dimensional forms.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Fungi fun!! ,

Thank you!

So glad you are doing this!!

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Paula Krieg

So inspiring! I have been making books for many years but thinking about how math relates to the practice was very inspiring. Thank you.

e-m-b-e-e ,

Thank you!

So glad you’re doing this and making it available to papermakers, artists, and enthusiasts. I’ve learned so much from recent episodes already and looking forward to more.

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