Monday, July 17, 2017

6 Paper Artists Who Make Contemporary Jewelry

I know, I know... another paper jewelry post. Forgive me if the subject isn't your thing, but let me assure you features are in the works that are far and removed from this topic. You see, after my jewelry post a few weeks ago, even more artists came to light and I couldn't help but showcase them here as well.

Paper Earrings with Beads by Paper Leaf

First up, cardboard has never looked so good! These graceful Wave sculptures waiting to be made into earrings are by Elisond Holder of Paper Leaf in Rome, Italy.

Handpainted Paper Necklace by Paper Leaf

A graphic designer and illustrator, Elisond loves paper, drawing and designing... all of these interests led to making paper jewelry that doesn't look like paper. When questioned why she uses such an inexpensive material, she replies that paper can be bent, cut, rolled, painted, carved, and transformed into almost anything.

Handpainted Paper Earrings by Paper Leaf

Many of Paper Leaf's floral necklaces and earrings feature original drawings that Elisond hand paints with acrylics on Canson paper. A coating of varnish protects the paper, making it water resistant. She even sends along the original painting from which the jewelry components are cut... such a nice touch.

Paper Leaf is on Instagram and Facebook

Oval Red Book Necklace by My Paper Tale

From light and delicate to big and bold... here we have examples of book page jewelry made by Hedva Klein of My Paper Tale in Haifa, Israel. After more than thirty years as a teacher, she began a second career as a mostly self-taught jewelry artist, concentrating on paper.

Statement Book Necklace by My Paper Tale

Hedva collects colorful papers along with old books that are no longer wanted. She enjoys cutting the pages into different shapes and combines them to create dramatic statement jewelry.

Orange and Yellow Paper Necklace with Glass Beads and Leather Cord by My Paper Tale

My Paper Tale is on Facebook and Pinterest.

Green Dangle Paper Earrings by SC Studio

Stephanie Connell of SC Studio located in Stow, Massachusetts has been designing and creating for more than twenty years. Steph's vibrant dotted patterns, designed specifically for use on her handmade items, are printed in many colors and applied to a variety of modern shapes.

Blue Dangle Paper Earrings by SC Studio

Even the largest pieces are lightweight and comfortable to wear. All are glazed for durability and shine, and feature sterling silver findings.

Red and Pink Paper Earrings by SC Studio

SC Studio is on Instagram.

Crimped Paper Long Necklace by Art By Heart Sara Fontana

Sara Fontana of Art by Heart in Italy makes stylishly long necklaces and layered paper earrings using rolled and crimped paper strips. She also enjoys quilling, string art, and pop art, and appreciates the ecological aspects of working with paper as her material of choice.

Oval Crimped Paper Earrings by Art By Heart Sara Fontana

I'm admiring the glossy colors of this circular pendant.
 Circular Paper Necklace by Art By Heart Sara Fontana

Sara of Art by Heart is on Instagram and Facebook.

Gold, Silver, and Turquoise Origami Necklace by Diffizil

Alice of Diffizil in Gara, Germany creates paper jewelry and decor using origami to great effect.

Folded Paper Star Earrings by Diffizil

She often works with pretty metallic papers. Little puffy stars are always a hit, as are peacock feathers.

Origami Peacock Necklaces by Diffizil

Diffizil is on Instagram.

Woven Paper Necklace by Arual Dem

Laura De Martino of Arual Dem Paper Jewels has been making bold woven paper jewelry since 2010.
 Black, Gold, and White Woven Paper Jewelry by Arual Dem

She has a degree in Product Design from the University of Florence, is a graphic designer, and street artist in Florence, Italy. Laura upcycles pages from magazines for her work, and also uses more valuable papers from Favini, a paper mill in northern Italy. The jewelry findings are sterling silver.

Woven Paper Earrings by Arual Dem

Follow along with Arual Dem on Instagram.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Modern Quilling with Paper Cutting - Akiko Makihara

An artistic friend in Oz sent me the link to Akiko Makihara's map of Australia that she had posted on Instagram (@sunandmoonkid). I was so glad to be introduced to Akiko's unique work! While she quills in the illustrative style made popular by Yulia Brodskaya, Sabeena Karnik, and Sena Runa, Akiko adds a distinctive touch by incorporating layered cut paper elements into her designs. I wanted to learn more about what makes Akiko tick as a creative, so wrote to ask if she would like to be interviewed... I know you'll enjoy getting to know her.

Quilled and Paper Cut Australia by Akiko Makihara

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry - eBook Release and Pre-order

Just a quick post during a holiday weekend here in the U.S. to tell you that the eBook version of my newest book for Interweave, The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry, is now available. The print version will be released everywhere books are sold on September 6. It may be pre-ordered via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at Book Depository, a UK site that offers free shipping worldwide. I hope you'll like making the projects as much as I enjoyed creating modern designs for necklaces and earrings.

The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry

If the pendant on the cover looks vaguely familiar, you might be remembering it from a previous post... it was one of my pieces that was included in a paper art exhibit at New Jersey's Morris Museum. At the time, I received questions about how I thickened and curved the paper so smoothly and now, thanks to the book's step-by-step illustrated instructions, you'll learn my technique.

The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry - Back Cover

There are so many reasons to love quilled jewelry... it's surprisingly durable, lightweight and comfortable to wear, and perhaps best of all, always gets people talking... "Paper! How can that possibly be paper?"

And now back to our regularly scheduled barbeques and fireworks. :) If you celebrate the 4th of July, have a happy one, and to all a great week!

Monday, June 26, 2017

5 Jewelry Artists Who Make Stylish Paper Necklaces and Earrings

Examples of modern paper jewelry... if you're a longtime reader of this blog you may have gathered that this is one of my favorite types of posts to assemble. I marvel at the zillions of ways people cleverly combine paper with unusual findings. Three of the artists shown below may be unknown to All Things Paper readers, while two have been featured previously... they have new collections that I'm excited to show you. First up...

SheilAnemoS Origami Design - Paper Earrings

Monday, June 19, 2017

6 Creative Quillers Who Are Bringing New Ideas to an Old Art Form

I love to stay current with the world of paper quilling. During a recent browse through Instagram these artists caught my attention, as much for their designs as their photography. Mind you, there are so many talented people who could be added to this post. To find your favorites, I highly recommend typing #quilling in the Instagram search bar (no need to sign up) to see the huge variety of work global quillers are posting.

Quilled Airplane - Quilled by Olia

Monday, June 12, 2017

Origami Fashion - Wearable Art by Papel (Paper)

If you're a longtime reader, you've probably noticed how much I enjoy featuring emerging artists. Today's introduction is to the youngest by far - Agustin is only seven years old! After mentioning in my recent newsletter that I was interested in showcasing wearable art on the blog, his mother, Caroline Candusso, wrote to tell me about her son's avid interest in origami, to the point that he now has a thriving small business.

Origami Fashion by Papel (Paper)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Customized, Whimsical Papercut Pet Portraits - Kathryn Willis Paper

Prepare to marvel at the tiny details paper artist Kathryn Willis includes in each personalized cut paper portrait she creates. Believe it or not, Kathryn is a designer similar to paper flower maker, Anh, who was featured last week, as she has only been working with paper for the past year - another natural born talent!

Paper Cut Pet Portrait by Kathryn Willis - Luna

Monday, May 29, 2017

Paper Gerbera Daisy Wedding Bouquet - DIY Tutorial

While visiting Craftgawker recently, my eye was drawn to a clever diamond ring made of paper. The link took me to DreamyPosy, a paper crafting site started by blogger and video content creator Anh. Not only are her photos gorgeous, but her videos are brief, detailed, and a joy to watch. Believe it or not, Anh is new to paper crafts... the quality of her work tells me she's a natural! "As I live in the East and don't know what Western people think or which seasonal crafts are suitable to make at this time, I make with my own inspiration."

I asked her to share a tutorial here as a way of introducing her website and YouTube channel.

Paper Gerbera Daisy Bouquet Tutorial

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