Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cut Paper Illustrations - Sarah Dennis

Let's have a look at delightfully fresh paper illustrations by Sarah Dennis, a freelance artist in Bristol, England. Her work combines paper cutting with sculptured elements, and often features fairy, folk tale, or nature themes that she brings to life in delicate detail. Sarah has created children's books, editorial designs, animations, privately commissioned pieces, and teaches paper cutting classes.

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Knitting Fox (above) and Jellyfish (below) appear to be in motion! 

Jellyfish was recently featured in the Paper Cuts group show at Spoke Art in San Francisco.

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Sarah's latest collection was created for Rose & Crown, a Cuckfield restaurant recently launched by her brother (the chef) and father (the foodie).

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Sarah pitched in to help by producing all of the logos, graphic designs, and even different menu covers for entrees, drinks, and desserts...

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 ...as well as tasty paper cut vegetables that adorn the walls as framed artwork.

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What a treat it would be to visit the restaurant and be greeted by Sarah's paper creations! Here's her whimsical interpretation of a beetroot salad.

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Visit Sarah's new website. She blogs and can also be found on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Personalized Paper Cuttings - A Giveaway from Twenty Fingers

Giving a customized gift when invited to a wedding, anniversary, birthday or housewarming party makes the occasion even more special. Today I'd like to introduce a new company, Twenty Fingers, which offers lovely ways to do just that!

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Located in Milton Keynes, England, the home-based business is owned by Lana and Ivan, a married couple who create cut paper family trees, pet portraits, love trees, initials, and new home portraits.

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Lana draws the artwork on her computer, laser cuts the design in your choice of eighteen paper colors, and hand finishes the tiniest details.

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To help get the word out about their new venture, Twenty Fingers is offering an unframed family tree ($50 value) or dog or cat portrait ($77 value) as a worldwide giveaway.

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To enter, just leave a comment on this post by the end of Sunday, July 27. Please be sure to include a way to be contacted within your comment.

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To earn extra entries, share this post on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and/or Google+. Leave a separate comment for each and include the link to your share.

The lucky winner will be selected by a random number generator and announced as soon as she/he has been contacted.

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Visit the Twenty Fingers website or Facebook page to see additional personalized products, such as metal iPhone cases and wood pet tags.

Twenty Fingers is offering a 15% discount to All Things Paper readers valid through July 31. Enter ATP15 at checkout.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Paper Maché Fruit - Peter Black

Care for a bite?

Paper Maché Apple and Pear

Perhaps you'd better not... these incredibly realistic pieces of fruit are paper maché!

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I spotted Peter Black's photos via his Flickrstream and just had to share some of the apples, pears, and avocados he skillfully creates.

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Peter, originally from Poland and now residing in England, makes the fruit from recycled paper pulp. When dry, each hollow piece is painted with watercolors, then he applies satin yacht varnish to achieve what appears to be a natural luster.

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Lastly, Peter adds a real stem to each piece of fruit so it is even more convincing.

See more of his photos on Flickr.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Paper Jewelry: Mayumi Origami Accessories

I love the way a quick browse on Pinterest can open up a whole new world in an instant... that was the case recently when I was led to the Facebook page of Mayumi Origami Accessories. Renata Mayumi folds small squares and rectangles of decorative paper to make modern jewelry.

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Lovely Renata Mayumi is of Japanese descent, born in São Paulo, and currently lives in Lisbon. She has been a direction assistant in the television and film industry for the past nine years and began selling unique paper creations via craft shows in 2012.
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Please tell us about the launch of your origami business.

Mayumi Origami started as a delightful hobby! After watching many tutorials and practicing hundreds of diagrams, as a self-taught Origami Artist I’d finally taken the initiative to create my own pieces.

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In the beginning, what really caught my attention was the challenge to adapt origami structures to jewelry and home decor accessories in an unseen and original way. But later on, trying to find the perfect paper was also a very exciting task. To combine fashion trends with the exact textured and patterned paper has definitely been a challenging mission, but I love it!

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To make her sophisticated jewelry, Renata Mayumi uses colorful papers from Italy, Portugal, Japan, India, and Korea. She coats each piece with a lacquer finish that repels water. 

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Renata Mayumi also creates contemporary home decor and wedding accessories, such as battery-operated lotus candle holders and this beautiful bridal bouquet. The large, white kusadama flowers are striking accents against patterned papers.

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What do you especially enjoy about working with paper?

The greatest things about working with paper are definitely the flexibility, the delicacy, and the unique touch of it. Handmade papers from India and Nepal with an Oriental gold touch and organic patterns are no doubt my favourites. They are just perfect for my projects!

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What are your future plans for Mayumi Origami Accessories?

I'm currently working on a website and will be opening an Etsy shop. My main goal is to never give up on looking for new shapes and foldings, as there’s nothing more pleasant than having a smiling customer thanking me for having the patience to fold and fold and fold and fold… 

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Renata Mayumi can be reached via Facebook or email: rmayumi@gmail.com

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