Thursday, July 30, 2015

Free Motion Stitching on Paper - Pati Reis of Old News Design

When I came across the vibrant free motion stitched art Pati Reis of Old News Design creates, I was curious to learn more about her process. Pati is a graphic designer and tactile artist who has lived in Brazil, France and now Raleigh, North Carolina where she earned a Masters in Art and Design at North Carolina State University. Pati credits the program with teaching her to take craft seriously and it is also where she became passionate about re-using materials.

Handmade Journal with Stitched Cover

Monday, July 27, 2015

Personalized Portraits - Brittani Rose Paper

One glance at the delightfully detailed portraits created by Brittani Gothard of California was all it took to convince me she absolutely enjoys working with paper. Each whimsical illustration represents a moment in time - a wedding or special adventure perhaps, or is simply a fun capture of a person or pet.

Wedding Portrait - Brittani Rose Paper

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Paper Engineering Exhibit - Rob Kelly

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the opening of artist Rob Kelly's exhibit Midway at The Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery in Wilmington. Last fall I featured the very cool pop-ups and other marvels Rob engineers from paper so check out that introduction to his fine work.

Pop-Up Business Card by Rob Kelly

Monday, July 20, 2015

Quilled Wedding Invitation - Monogram

Here's another recent wedding mat I quilled, this time for a New York couple. The unique, tri-fold invitation unfolded to reveal photographs of city sights along with invitation text.

Quilled Wedding Invitation Mat by Ann Martin

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Quilled Wedding Invitation - Gilded Leaves

Recently I created a wedding invitation mat for a Nashville couple by quilling a design to mimic the leafy branch motifs. Gilded white paper from JJ Quilling Design complemented the gold foil lettering on the letterpress invitation. There are many shades of metallic gold and I was lucky these two matched so well.

Quilled Wedding Invitation Mat by Ann Martin

Monday, July 13, 2015

Paper Millinery by Curl Paper Artistry

Mandy Duncan of Curl Paper Artistry in the Australian seaside town of Mornington, not far from Melbourne, has a seemingly limitless imagination when it comes to dreaming up paper decor... fashion accessories - particularly hats - but also dresses and event installations. I'll be focusing on her elegant chapeaus in this post as I find them quite amazing. What's even more impressive is that Mandy is self-taught and has only been working with paper a little more than two years!

Curl Paper Black and White Hat

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Nøkken Paper Illustration - Katrine Hesselberg

I love seeing brand new art by a brand new artist... meet Katrine Hesselberg from Oslo, Norway. She very recently was awarded a BA in graphic design and wrote to tell me that she became interested in working with paper during her last year at school. This project is her interpretation of Nøkken, a character in Norwegian folklore.

Nøkken Paper Sculpture Interpretation by Katrine Hesselberg

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tara Galuska - Paper Artist and Illustrator

One look at the pretty photos Tara Galuska shares on Instagram and I knew I'd found a kindred paper spirit. Based in Burnaby, BC, Canada, Tara says she feels "most fulfilled when I am creating poetry with paper..."

Moth In The Garden by Tara Galuska

"... whether that is by bringing to life each feather and wing in my paper birds, making my paper blossoms bloom or by creating a teeny tiny artwork that feels like a friend. I love paper. The smell, the texture, the way it feels when you cut it, bend it and fold it. My creative tool box is filled with paper and my imagination."

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Colorful Paper Jewelry Round Up

As promised, here is Paper Jewelry Round Up Part Deux - the Colorful Version. You'll find the Black and White post here.

First up, Jennifer Merchant of Minneapolis/St. Paul studied metalsmithing at Savannah College of Art and Design and has chosen to work primarily with alternative materials, such as acrylic, images torn from books and magazines, and Corian to create pop art-inspired, geometric jewelry. Each uniquely impressive art piece, such as this Lichtenstein Collection cuff bracelet, is made by hand, a labor-intensive process but one that Jennifer enjoys.

Layered Acrylic Cuff Bracelet by Jennifer Merchant

Monday, June 29, 2015

Black and White Paper Jewelry Round Up

I had the BEST time assembling this post because few things float my boat like paper jewelry. I love its wow factor... people are always surprised to learn that paper is durable enough to be worn. Judging by the many beauties I came across in my hunt, wearable paper art is becoming more and more popular. In fact, I found so many stylish examples, this post will be a two-parter. Later in the week I'll feature a colorful selection vs. today's black and white collection.

Sheet Music Paper Brooch by Liz Hamman

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Paper Sculpture Birds - Marine Coutroutsios

Check out these wonderful paper sculpture parrots that Marine Coutroutsios of Sydney, Australia created for a Telstra store window. I was introduced to Marine's vibrant work on Instagram and was interested to learn more about her, especially after reading she relocated to Sydney from Paris not too long ago. The colorful flora and fauna of Oz figure heavily in her work as a paper artist.

Blue Rosella Paper Sculpture by Marine Coutroutsios

Monday, June 22, 2015

Nicely Noted - A Letterpress Card Subscription Service

A few months ago I did a round up of greeting card subscription services that included Nicely Noted. Because I'm a new affiliate for the company, I was sent their latest mailing so I could take a few photos of it as an example of what to expect if you were to subscribe.

Nicely Noted Letterpress Cards

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Quilled Paper Illustration - Mary Imbong

Mary Imbong is a young and relatively new quiller in the Philippines. She designs wall art in the style of Yulia Brodskaya and Ashley Chiang, yet Mary definitely has ideas of her own. Her designs have a light and airy sense, and the simple lines curve gracefully.

Quilled Bird by Mary Imbong

In just a short amount of time she has made strides in turning her passion for on-edge paper art into a full-time career. Wanting to learn more, I contacted Mary about her paper journey so far.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Striped Paper Sculptures - David Dunleavy

Take a look at these striped paper shadow boxes created by David Dunleavy of Apart From This. Each one is different, yet equally striking in its colorful stacks of tidy neatness. There must be more than a million ways to arrange the colors of the rainbow: as wide stripes, narrow stripes, bold and bright, subdued pinstripes; David seems happy to try them all.

Paper Art - Equality: Ernie and Bert by David Dunleavy
 Equality: Ernie and Bert 

I spotted his work on Instagram and enjoyed scrolling through the many photos he shares, mostly of art pieces with an occasional pic of his cute toddler interspersed throughout. Always interesting, David often explains why he has chosen to work with a particular color scheme. I asked him to tell us a bit about himself and his start in making these eye-catchingly repetitive works.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Folded Book Sculptures - Clara Maffei

Because folded books are always popular here at ATP, I'm guessing this post will make many of you happy. It certainly made me happy to come across the sculptures of Clara Maffei on Pinterest. While I've long admired books that are folded into meaningful words like the ones by Stephanie Pounds and those who sculpt books into intricate scenes, like Su Blackwell, Jodi Harvey-Brown and Malena Valcárcel, Clara often turns books, minus their covers, into singular objects.

This trio reminds me of kaleidoscope crystals.

Folded Book Sculptures by Clara Maffei

Monday, June 8, 2015

Quilled Retro Modern Bridal Shower Card

Today I have a new quilled card to show you. One of my sons is getting married this summer and a bridal luncheon was held for his fiancé this past weekend. While thinking up a card to make, I had the idea to do a retro-style design.

 Retro Bridal Shower Card - Design by Ann Martin

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