Alpha, Beta, … by Helen Hiebert

Alpha, Beta, … is a book in the form of a unique lantern structure with a flexible hinge that allows it to be set up in a variety of ways. I developed this structure for my book, Paper Illuminated. Each panel of the shadow lantern featureds an alphabet letter cutout that casts a shadow onto a second layer of handmade paper. The letters are in the Arts & Crafts style font designed by Dard Hunter, who is often referred to as the father of hand papermaking in 20th century America.

Artist Bio

Helen Hiebert is a Portland, Oregon artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films and artist books using handmade paper as her primary medium. She teaches and lectures about papermaking and lamp-making internationally, and serves as an adjunct faculty member at Oregon College of Art & Craft. Helen exhibits her work internationally, she is author of the books Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker's Companion, and Paper Illuminated She is the vice president of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists and a regular contributor to Hand Papermaking Newsletter. Her next book, Playing with Paper, will be published by Rockport Publishers in January 2013.