Handle With Care by Helen Hiebert

Handle With Care is a small paper globe, created from eight gores (sections) of handmade abaca paper that are glued together and then inflated. Hand embroidered text runs along the equator and reads You are Holding the World in Your Hands. The globe rests in a laser cut box, and its sides have cutouts of the phases of the moon. Twenty five copies of Handle With Care were produced in the winter of 2013 by Helen Hiebert, who made the pigmented air dried abaca paper, penned and embroidered the text, assembled the inflatable structure using eight gores plus some hot air, and designed the box, which was laser cut by Joe Freedman.

Artist Bio

Helen Hiebert is a Colorado artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films and artist books using handmade paper as her primary medium. She teaches and lectures internationally, and exhibits her work internationally, and she is the 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.