Monday, April 25, 2016

Remarkably Dense Paper Quilling by Lisa Nilsson - Jardin

Lisa Nilsson, whose Tissue Series, Angelico, Red Rug and Binding have wowed the art and design worlds in recent years, has created two new pieces. Today I am featuring Jardin... stay tuned for another equally breathtaking example of Lisa's Japanese mulberry paper and gilt-edged paper quillwork that will be highlighted in an upcoming post.

Jardin by Paper Artist Lisa Nilsson
22 inches x 29 inches

Monday, April 18, 2016

Mayumi Origami Jewelry - Giveaway

 Congratulations to Lilli Blackburn, giveaway winner!

I first featured Renata Mayumi's sophisticated Mayumi Origami Jewelry almost two years ago in this post, and am delighted she is offering a giveaway in time for Mother's Day. Renata's array of geometric designs continues to expand, and I'm in constant admiration of the unique findings she uses to create each piece.... for example, these stylish Spike necklaces.

Mayumi Origami Jewelry - Cube Necklaces

Monday, April 11, 2016

Apple Seed Paper Cuts - English Coast and Countryside Scenes by Sarah King

There are so many paper cutters who do marvelous work... I come across new people daily and feel almost guilty focusing on just one at a time. It's hard to resist Sarah King's cheerfully detailed English village and seaside scenes as seen at Apple Seed Paper Cuts.

A Day in the Country by Apples Seed Paper Cuts
 A Day in the Country

Thursday, April 7, 2016

25 Years of Works in Paper - Helen Hiebert

As a longtime admirer of the many ways Helen Hiebert contributes to the world of paper, when I read that she would soon be celebrating via a twenty-five year career retrospective, I knew it would be an ideal time to interview her here. In addition to publishing a catalog, Helen has an exhibition opening in Michigan tomorrow night that features a new installation. She'll tell us more about those things and more...

Congratulations on your silver anniversary, Helen! What piqued your interest in paper initially?

I spent a year at an art school in Mainz, Germany during college, where I took a class about paper as an art medium. This course opened my eyes to the potential of paper: we built furniture from cardboard, constructed pop-up books and made recycled handmade paper to name a few techniques. I became intrigued with the way that a single sheet of paper could be manipulated into a variety of forms.

Cosmology up close
Cosmology, an artist’s book created from one sheet of paper that is cut and folded into this form

Monday, April 4, 2016

Quilled Bluebird of Happiness - De-File Your Taxes

I often listen to Studio 360 and was interested to learn via Helen Hiebert's Sunday Paper about a contest the show was sponsoring that invited creatives to make something - anything - from a U.S. 1040 tax form. Entries will be judged in time for Tax Day, April 15 (well, it's the 18th this year, don't panic) by Kai Ryssdal, host of Marketplace.

Quilled Bluebird of Happiness Necklace
Bluebird of Happiness, 2 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Serial Plane Cut Paper Olympic Figures - Raya Sader Bujana

You might recall the origami world necklace and origami hearts necklace by Raya Sader Bujana of Little Ray of Sunflower in Barcelona that have been featured here in recent months. There's no denying they are pretty/clever/cute or whatever other adjective you would like to use for such fun jewelry, but today I have a completely different side of Raya's remarkable talent to share with you... 

Paper Sculpture Runner by Raya Sader Bujana

Monday, March 28, 2016

VERSO Handmade Sculptural Paper Jewelry - International Giveaway

 Congratulations to brit.otto, giveaway winner!

About a year ago I featured Melanie Brauner of VERSO Jewelry in Washington state who is a professional papermaker, bookbinder, letterpress printer, fiber artist and metalsmith. As you might imagine, a variety of handmade items results from her long list of interests, but today I'll be focusing on the very special abaca paper and metal jewelry she creates.

VERSO Studio Riverbend Necklace - Giveaway

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Paper Jewelry Artisan Round Up - Part 1

Few things make me happier in blogland than putting together a post about paper jewelry. Unique designs and pretty pictures are my cup of tea. While scouting around, I came across so many paper jewelry artisans who are doing great things, I've decided to break this post into two parts... be on the lookout for the finale in April.

White Paper Bauble Necklace by Alfieri Jewel Design

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