Jennifer Ghormley Installation: Behind the Scenes

At Two Hands Paperie, we are always excited about ways we can collaborate with artists and creative people.We recently collaborated with Denver Printmaker Jennifer Ghormley and got a sweet window out of the deal! Jennifer’s window installation is striking to look at, but it is even more lovely when you know the painstaking lengths she went to in order to create the piece. Enjoy your behind the scenes look at the window installation.

At her printmaking studio, Jennifer printed the coral, blue, yellow and green base colors on the raw Thai mulberry paper that was to become the cup-like shapes she used. She accented the base colors with decorative lines that required another run through the press. She roughly cut the sheets of paper into circles and brought them to Two Hands Paperie for the Community Event. Our helpful participants cut out the circles then folded each one.

Then the Two Hands crew glued each cup and left them with paper clips to set the glue.

Jennifer brought the glued cups home and sewed each individually with her sewing machine, attaching thread to the cups so they could be tied together and hung. She created an ingenious way to organize each individual piece to transport them back to Two Hands for installation: paper clips hanging on strings across cardboard boxes. This prevented a tangled mess!

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Once she was in the store, Jennifer set up her tools of the trade: thread, notes and measurements, a measuring tape, scissors, coffee, and gum. I couldn’t help but be struck by how neat she was. If my desk looked as organized as her work station, I would be a proud woman.

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 Jennifer waited to tie together the individual pieces until she was in the store because she values being able to respond to the space of her installation. She decided on a set measurement between each cup and began to cutting thread, tying knots and hanging them from the metal grid above the window. There is nothing like a person on a ladder to create buzz about the coming installation. 2015-03-25 11.28.12

While assembling the installation, Jennifer responded to the space by adding an additional element. She noticed that the front room gets a lot of sun since our trees have been cut down (poor trees). This led to the implementation of a boarder created from cut woodblock carvings printed on glassine- a wax paper like material that is moderately translucent. Adding this final touch framed the lovely installation and added a bit of shade from the morning sun.2015-03-25 15.16.47

We have been so happy with the finished product! The little cups respond to the breeze when the door is open and remind us of spring when the weather decides to become cloudy and gray.2015-03-24 16.09.29

A special thanks to Jennifer Ghromley and all her hard work. If you want to purchase some of her fantastic work, Jennifer (along with many other talented artisans) will be at Firefly Market, May 2-3  from 10 am- 4 pm. You can keep up to date with what she is doing at her website. Also, thank you to all those who came to the Community Art Event, especially Tammy who shared some of her pictures of the event with us! Check out her blog about the event. 2015-03-26 16.36.51

Pictures hardly do justice to this awesome installation, so come and check it out in person!

Spotlight Friday- Annie Reiser

Annie ReiserSpring is in the air and we at Two Hands Paperie couldn’t be happier. One of the many ways we are celebrating the arrival of spring is with a  FREE Botanic Art event with the talented artist Annie Reiser on Friday, April 10th from 2:00-5:00 pm at Two Hands Paperie.

Annie is a certified Zentangle® instructor as well as a certified Botanical illustrator. She combined those two interest with her creation of her company Botangle©- a way of drawing that uses Zentangle® techniques in flower form. What is a Zentangle® you say? It is a style of drawing that use repetition of line and rudimentary shapes to create patterns. Often people use this style of drawing as a type of meditation because the idea of “one stroke at a time” makes it a comforting and peaceful way to create. With Botangle, Annie explained that she teaches “basic Zentangle method and expands its application to botanical subjects” and uses “traditional botanical training in terms of color layering and shading”. The results are lovely!

Before the Botanic Art event, we asked Annie some questions to get to know her a little better.

Two Hands Paperie: What are you working on now?

Annie Reiser: I’m now experimenting with encaustic painting (a technique I learned through Two Hands) and use prints that I design on the computer as a base of my encaustic. I make collages of my existing botanical drawings, photographs, Botangles, natural objects such as grasses, in the panels that I coat with that wonderful, dreamy wax-resin medium. Besides the encaustic painting that I’ve embraced, I am working on making a room in my home studio into a teaching space. I’m currently painting a wall mural in Zentangles that I call my “Zentangle Teaching Tree” that includes lots of birds perching on the tree’s branches. The contour will all be filled in with the patterns I teach in Botangle classes. You can follow the process in my blog. Always in my mind, and on the back burner is the development of a Botangle book. I want to share my ideas and templates that I use in classes with anyone who would find them inspirational.

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THP: What advice were you given?

AR: The one piece of advice that my NOAA colleague gave me (that changed my life) when she saw one of my botanical drawings was, “You could teach art at the Denver Botanic Gardens!” At the time I didn’t even know there was an illustrator program there. So I enrolled in the program, and years later, was actually invited to become a teacher in the program. What I’m saying with this example is that everything is possible taken one step at a time. And this happens to be a Zentangle mantra. How appropriate!

THP: What advice would you give to budding artists?  

AR: Everyone is an artist. You can learn any technique and perfect it with hours of practice. But self-expression is what breaths life into your work and makes it art. Learn techniques and then make them your own by giving yourself to the process. Also, “follow your internal drive and direction.” Sometimes you take paths that don’t seem to jive with what you want to do consciously, but if you keep on “doing” you end up where you feel best. 

THP: What’s your creative process look like?

AR: For me anything I do artistically is 100% about the process. In fact, though I often end up with artwork that is pleasing to me and others, it’s kind of a let down once I’ve finished it; let go of it emotionally. I often think the unfinished piece is more beautiful than the final as it shows the process. I guess that’s why I just keep going. I have to be doing something all the time. I’m driven that way.

THP: What do you like about teaching?

AR: I am a teacher by trade, taught German at the University of Colorado for years and after that English as a Second Language for international company employees when I lived in Germany (about 12 years). I love to witness the growth of my students who go from knowing nothing about the subject I’m teaching to achieving their goals, be it being able to communicate with someone in a foreign language to finding confidence in their drawing abilities. I am elated and inspired by my students; teaching is so rewarding in that respect.Botangle Pine Cone


You can follow Annie’s artistic pursuits at her blog. Also, learn more about Botangle on the website. Keep your eyes peeled for Annie’s classes at Two Hands Paperie, but don’t forget to sign up early because they usually go like hot cakes! We’ll see you on April 10th for the Free Botanic Art Event!




Inspiration in Magazine Form


I love making lists of my favorites things. Perhaps it comes from a childhood filled with The Sound of Music or watching Oprah’s show through my high school years. But when the winter weather is gloomy and my attitude matches, I simply think of my favorite things and, to quote Julie Andrews, “Then I don’t feel so bad.”

At the top of my favorite things list this season is Uppercase Magazine’s Issue 24.


I am truly obsessed with Uppercase. When a new issue comes into Two Hands Paperie, my heart flutters at the arrival of a familiar friend. That reaction is probably because this magazine is beauty in paper form. Each full-color page is filled with lovely images and text. Uppercase is the brainchild of Janine Vangool, who was a freelance graphic designer for years before she took a leap and started her own business. She has filled the roles of publisher, editor, and designer for the magazine since it started in Canada in 2009. Her design background is showcased in full glory within the pages of the magazine. Each issue centers on a theme like calligraphy and lettering or patterns. The current issue, Issue 24, celebrates textiles. Within the theme, the magazine features how-tos, histories, interviews and lots of pictures. Readers are encouraged to contribute to the magazine through art calls and other forums.


There are always new, inventive things showcased within the pages of Uppercase. Issue 24 is no exception with an exploration in the tactile world of weaving, fabrics, and tattoos. The art of quilt making is showcased through talents like Denyse Schmidt and Carolyn Friedlander. Gone are the days that I can simply snuggle into a hand-me-down quilt and think nothing else now that my eyes have been opened to the modern quilt movement. But the inspiration doesn’t stop there, I was interested in an article about textile scholar Andrea Aranow (I didn’t even know that was a job! What a treat that would be to put on a business card), who has just recently launched a website cataloging her 40,000 fabric collection. Though pictures of the fabric from around the world made me want to rush out to create, reading about Aranow and the pursuit of her interests was even more inspiring.

Perhaps I am reading the wrong things, but I have never see as many photographs of loom in one place. There were images of hand looms and large free standing looms in use allowing the beauty of that historic art to be showcased in photo and word.

However, my favorite part of the issue was all about feed sacks. The issue features an educational article that explores the rich history of feed sacks in American clothing. I couldn’t help but sigh for a different time in which mothers created clothing for their children out of feed sacks, which was (and is) both economically and environmentally friendly (this was then followed by a laugh picturing my own mom behind a sewing machine. But that is just me).  There is a lovely two page spread featuring photographs of a variety of feed sacks that awe and excite.

Also, Allison Bozeman, of Colorado’s own Bird Dog Press makes an appearance explaining how feed sacks are often her inspiration for her letterpress work.

The final elegant feed sack touch comes in the form of a real piece of feed sack attached to the cover of each issue.


As a person whose first love is paper, I was motivated and intrigued by an issue focusing on the other tactile siblings to paper. Even if fibers don’t excite you, there are also articles about structuring a creatively productive day, artists who wear their art on their bodies through tattoos, and photographs of a variety of readers’ work. I guarantee, this issue won’t bore you!

This magazine is the kind of visual world you want to become a country so you can buy property and be a citizen. But since that will never be, it is at least the kind of magazine you want to buy, read all the way through in one lengthy sitting, leave on your coffee table and look at it over and over. Pick up your own copy of Uppercase at the store or on our website and you can see why this is on the list. You are sure to be inspired by all that fills the pages of this lovely magazine.

Jennifer Ghormley – Paper, Color, & Light Community Art Event

Hosting artists at Two Hands Paperie is one of our favorite ways to bring you new ideas and expose some of the remarkable talent from within our community. Jennifer Ghormley is one of those artists. Though she has an MFA in printmaking, her interests and art creations vary from textile installations, introspective self-referential images, to lighthearted, whimsical, nature-themed prints. “My process is largely print-based, and I employ printmaking as a versatile springboard for the expressive translation of my creative thoughts and ideas,” says Ghormley.  Her enchanting images below will give you a taste for what Jennifer creates in her installations. 


Jennifer will be at Two Hands Paperie on March 3rd to lead our Community Art Event: Paper, Color, & Light. This free event will offer participants the opportunity to dye, fold, and sculpt paper. Jennifer will give the group instructions and guide the time. Then, she will install the created pieces as Two Hands Paperie’s next window display! Call to be put on the wait list, as this event is already full!


We asked Jennifer a few questions to introduce herself before she comes into the shop:

What are you currently working on or planning to work on?

A series of life-sized self-portrait drawings revolving around the idea of taking risks

Designing and hanging more installations at Two Hands Paperie, another in Lincoln, Nebraska, and another in Jackson Wyoming in May

Teaching workshops

Keeping up with Jen G studios products and its shop demands


What’s kept your interest in making art?

This is a tough one – I don’t know that I am ever not interested in making art, it’s just a part of me that continues to evolve and grow as I move through the journey of life. I guess I just think about it and do it all the time and when I need a break, I take one. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with too many ideas and not enough time, but I think that’s a good thing, and that keeps me going for sure.

Writing instrument of choice? (Mechanical pencil, sharpie, fountain pen, etc.)

Depends on the task at hand… usually blue ball-point pen, also graphite pencil, sometimes wide-tip black sharpie.


Favorite ice cream flavor?

I don’t like ice cream – too cold… I prefer baked goods – cake, cookies, etc.


Do you have a motto? It can be regarding life or art or whatever!

The journey is the destination. (title of a book by photojournalist Dan Eldon)


Beyond Words at the Foothills Art Center

Two Hands Paperie is proud to announce a collaboration with the Foothills Art Center in downtown Golden. For nearly 50 years, the FAC has supported the arts in Colorado. The Center is a non-profit organization and currently holds exhibitions (such as last year’s Toulouse Lautrec exhibit) and promotes art education through their classes and events.


Now through March 22, the Foothills Art Center will exhibit Beyond Words: Contemporary Book Art. The exhibit is juried by Alicia Bailey from Abecedarian Gallery in Denver and will feature a wide variety of book inspired art pieces. In addition to the hand selected portion of the show, the FAC has invited several book artists to exhibit as well, including Brian Dettmer, Monique Lallier, Adele Outteridge, Susan Porteous, and Claire Van Vliet. The FAC is also showing Alicia Bailey’s work: Box and Wall Works in the adjacent Community Gallery. Bailey’s show will run through March 6th, and you can RSVP here to attend her lecture “Hands on Artists’ Books” on Sunday, March 8th at the Foothills Art Center.

To support these two wonderful exhibits, Two Hands Paperie is offering a pop up shop for the duration of the show. You can expect to see specialty papers from India, Japan, Thailand, and Italy, as well as book binding tools, paper crafting supplies, and exquisite stationery. Please join us in celebrating the book arts, and prepare to be inspired by the talent and creativity this show offers!


Spring 2015 Newspaperie

We’re pretty much going to the let the Newspaperie speak for itself here.

Find articles, art histories, interviews, and of course, class and event details inside these lovely pages.

Don’t forget, you can always pick up the current Newspaperie at our shop 803 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado OR email us if you’d like a mailed copy at

The Two Hands Gang


Spotlight Friday – El Dia de los Muertos

Have you ever seen the sugar skulls or decorated gravestones and wondered what the celebrating was all about? El Dia de los Muertos! The Day of the Dead (or El Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday that takes place every November 1st and 2nd to honor and celebrate friends and family that have passed away.
This Friday, October 10th from 3-5:00pm, Two Hands Paperie invites you to join us for a colorful, cultural event to celebrate El Dia De Los Muertos. Laura Lambrecht from Bella Frida will be in the shop, in full Day of the Dead makeup, to discuss this festive holiday. She will bring traditional Mexican Day of the Dead folk art to explain more about Day of the Dead. Using the folk art as inspiration, Laura will share ideas about how to create your own Day of the Dead art projects at home including inspiration for a homemade Ofrendas. Ofrendas or altars are create to remember the deceased and decorated with photos, their favorites food and drinks, and flowers.
Laura is passionate about Folk Art and keeps the beautiful art and traditions alive through her lovely shop in downtown Louisville, Bella Frida, as well as at home. “I have a small Ofrenda in my home year round but it does become larger during Day of the Dead. I will be creating a community altar at my shop that I invite anyone who would like to participate to bring photos, letters, animal collars, any small items to display to honor loved ones who have passed.” Bella Frida offers a wide range of Folk Art from Mexico, Uganda, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru and some American artists who do Mexican-inspired creations. “The translation of my shop’s name in spanish is “beautiful Frida.” I have a deep admiration for Frida – the artist, the fashion icon, the independent woman, the woman who endured much physical pain and trauma and didn’t give up on life.”
If you feel inspired or are just curious about the Day of the Dead celebration, there are lots of opportunities to be involved:
Day of the Dead Spotlight Friday with Laura Lambrecht – Friday, October 10th, 3-5:00pm
Ofrenda Class – Thursday, October 16th, 6-8:30pm
Ofrenda Art Call for Submissions – Submissions open through October 25th

Spotlight Friday – Kristen Law Lewis

nestTwo Hands Paperie has recently made a very happy addition to our staff; Kristen Law Lewis of Papercuts Press. Kristen has been a friend and instructor of bookbinding at the shop for many years. However, after an interview with her, we found her interests and talents reach far beyond bookbinding and expand into other artistic endeavors, such as  assemblage art, installation, and most recently, e-textile technology.

Two Hands Paperie: In your upcoming Visiting Artist event, you’ll talk more about the sewable lights in your bookbinding, but can you introduce us to them? 

Kristen Law Lewis: I have very recently been using e-textile technology in my artwork, incorporating sewable electronics, and LED lights into books. These unique materials have really challenged me to learn something new. The electrical components are exciting, because they are very user-friendly (even for someone non-versed in electronics) and they really are versatile – mostly due to their small size, and the fact that conductive thread is sewn (as opposed to wire that is soldered).

I’ll have these components available for show-and-tell at the FREE Spotlight Friday event on Friday, October 3rd from 2-4:00pm at Two Hands Paperie. I also put them to use in the upcoming Light It Up! Carousel Book Class. Many of these electronic-bits-for-creativity are now for sale at Two Hands Paperie, including various parts and kits so you can give it a try for yourself! There’s an article about the local Boulder gal who invented the Lilypad technology.


THP:  You’ve been working on window installations at Two Hands Paperie. What installations have you experienced that were particularly memorable? Why do you like installation pieces?

KLL: I have always been enamored with installation art as a genre, ever since I learned it was a “thing.” I think the base of my interest ties to the awe I often feel in nature, and usually that experience is bigger than the human scale. These are the most poignant type of moments for me and sculptural installation does a good job of evoking and creating that. I’m a bit of an introvert, so erasing all exterior worldly elements by distilling focus to one space is attractive to me. Installation art also requires a bigger commitment than other mediums, mostly in terms of space. So I am additionally impressed by the artists who work in this way. Some current artists whose installation work has impressed me recently are: Victor Frankowski, Anila Quayyum Agha, Nobutaka Aozaki, Fesson Ludovic, Shelly Miller, Dianele Papuli, Vincent Mauger, and Mark Garry.


Window design, and visual merchandising is my “shop girl’s” version of exercising creativity in a 3-dimensional way. I have always enjoyed designing displays, and fabricating the designs. I definitely gain satisfaction from swinging a hammer! Display marketing, design, and building are jobs I really do enjoy. Two Hands is a wonderful place to exercise that creativity, to translate the mission of the shop into something visually interesting. Plus, the medium is mostly paper which personally, is the ultimate material to work with!

THP: A little bird told me you worked a wasps’ nest into a bookbinding project! Can you explain a little about that unique creation?

KLL: The paper-wasp nest book was an interesting intersection between the assemblage sculpture I make and bookbinding. I have always been compelled to collect unusual items, from nature or elsewhere, and incorporate them into my artwork. By featuring a “found” element in a piece, a spotlight is illuminated on something that might otherwise go unnoticed, evoking contemplation and appreciation for the object. The artistic process is different when using something you only have one of – you really can’t mess up! This finite reality gives way to the notion of “precious” materials, and what makes them so. The combination of these found “gems” with natural elements can be found in many of my pieces – a direct reference to preciousness.

My artistic challenge with the paper-wasp nest book was to make use of an extraordinarily large and flat wasp nest, which required particular attention to execution – both in preparing the nest to be a book cover, and also with the actual binding. It was satisfying to complete! Hopefully there are more wasp nest books in my future.


What are you working on right now?

Currently I’m collaborating with the exceptionally-skilled paper artist Lynda Leimkuhler, making a firefly book with intricate paper cutouts and flashing firefly lights – very beautiful!

If you are interested in learning more about this creative lady stop by the FREE Spotlight Friday Visiting Artist Event on Friday, October 3rd, 2-4:00pm or sign up for her Light It Up! Carousal Book on Saturday, October 11th and learn how to incorporate sewable lights into a carousal book.

Don’t forget, you can always keep up with our events and classes at our website, calendar, or facebook page.

Call for Entries


Two Hands Paperie is excited to announce our fall 2014 Call for Entries: Ofrenda. Create a boxed Ofrenda (Spanish for ‘offering’) and submit it to Two Hands Paperie between October 1-25. Ofrendas are a colorful part of the Mexican celebration Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). These personalized, sacred altars can incorporate photos, mementos, paper, or personal ephemera into their sacred space. Use new or old materials to create a self-contained boxed ofrenda no larger than 11×14 inches that is able to sit on a shelf or hang on the wall.

We are excited to announce Laura Lambrecht as the juror for this Art Call. Laura owns Bella Frida in downtown Louisville and is passionate about Mexican Folk Art and the Día de los Muertos celebration.

If you’re interested in participating but don’t know where to begin, check out Laura’s Ofrenda Class on October 16th or stop in for her Visiting Artist event on Friday, October 10th. During her Visiting Artist event, Laura will discuss and show artwork from the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration. For further inspiration, you can also visit our Ofrenda Pinterest page for a gallery of ideas.


Calendar Of Events

Submit your entry with name, title, telephone number, 
and a brief description about your piece any time between 
October 1- October 25, 2014

Deadline For Dropped Off/Shipped Artwork
Saturday, October 25th, 5:30pm

Winner announced via Facebook and Instagram
1st, 2nd, 3rd, and a kids category will be awarded
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pick Up Artwork
Saturday, November 8 – Monday, November 10
Submitted work will be displayed as soon as it is received at Two Hands Paperie
through Friday, November 7, 2014

* All artwork must be picked up by November 10th

*Call Two Hands Paperie at 303.444.0124 with any questions.


Spotlight Friday – Shrines and Inner Journeys

Visiting Artist – Deedee Hampton
Friday, September 12th, 2-4pm
FREE event!


On Friday, September 13th, we’re bringing you another Spotlight Friday event – Visiting Artist Series with Deedee Hampton. All of Deedee’s artwork, whether paintings, reliquaries, shrines, or assemblage, explores a rich inner landscape that, if we have the courage to take the same journey, can help us find balance and our own center. During her journey, Deedee realized “that being me and not trying to be someone I am not would bring me and those around me way more joy and contentment and respect. ‘Being me’ is my compass.”

“I started a big life changing transition last fall around the time of my birthday. I realized time was running out and if I wanted to live my dream of making art and teaching art workshops- that the time to do it is NOW. In order to have the energy and the time to do that, I knew I needed to leave my secure job of the last 18 years. I felt a lot of fear. I was inspired by my emotional process to make this reliquary.

Christians, Buddhists, Muslims & tribal peoples all have reliquaries. A reliquary is a container for a relic. The word relic comes from the Latin reliquiae, which means remains or something left behind. A relic is a material object, a memento, something left behind of personal meaning that achieves significance by being collected, honored, and sequestered within a reliquary.

My reliquary, the bear (which is from a taxidermy store), represents the fear. His snarling mouth contains a baby that represents new life, new ideas. A figure of a woman is prying the jaws open, rescuing that baby. The shot up rusty tin can lid on top covers the relic & it has my Inner Critic standing on top. She is telling me: “You are crazy! You are sure to fail! What are you thinking?!”  I decided to trust my voice of Inner Wisdom and quit my job. The same day that I gave notice I received a gift in the mail from a friend, with this quote by Anais Nin “And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to bloom.”  I knew then that the relic for the bear/fear reliquary had to be a blossom! I chose a lotus blossom because it symbolizes self-regeneration or rebirth. So, the Inner Critic top comes off & the lotus blossom relic blooms. My dream has come true- I am now making art and teaching art workshops.”

Deedee will be at Two Hands Paperie from 2-4:00pm FREE on Friday, September 13th. Come in to hear more about the artistically represented journeys she explores.

You can also sign up for Deedee’s House of Gratitude class on Saturday, September 7th, where you’ll make a three dimensional piece designed to hold a small, accordion style journal to record the things for which you’re grateful.