Thursday, February 23, 2017

Versatile Quilling Artist - Stacy Bettencourt of Mainely Quilling

Paper filigree designs by Stacy Bettencourt of Mainely Quilling have a beautiful, precise style... each coil is placed with thoughtful attention. I met Stacy via Instagram (@mainelyquilling), and then again when I joined the Contemporary Quilling Facebook group that I mentioned enjoying in a previous post. It was Stacy's idea to start the vibrant group where members are encouraged to share information and photos, ask questions, and post links that are of interest to all.

Quilled Lion - Mainely Quilling

Monday, February 20, 2017

Green Banana Paper Eco-Friendly Wallets - Giveaway

 Congratulations to @city__sparrow, the giveaway winner!

American expat Matt Simpson of Green Banana Paper in Kosrae, Micronesia has launched an innovative company in which banana tree trunks that would otherwise be discarded after harvest are recycled to make durable, vegan paper wallets, artist paper and more. The story is a fascinating one and my hat is off to Matt, originally a volunteer school teacher in Kosrae, for recognizing a way to improve the lives of island residents by creating jobs and sustainable export products.

Green Banana Paper Vegan Wallet

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Intricate Paper Cuttings by Parth Kothekar

For a time, I was featuring papercut artists very frequently here on the blog, but stopped, not because I had lost admiration for the impressive works that some are able to achieve... instead, to bring back a sense of balance. When I saw the spectacular cuttings by Parth Kothekar in Ahmedabad, India, it was obvious the moment had arrived to once again showcase this artistic medium.

Paper Cuttings by Parth Kothekar

Monday, February 13, 2017

Rolled Paper Art Jewelry - Youngjoo Lee

Youngjoo Lee is an art jeweler and metalsmith in South Korea, and also a lecturer at Konkuk and Baekseok Universities. I was drawn to her contemporary pieces via Instagram where she shares photos of in-progress and completed work.  Have a look at just some of the creative ways she turns these organically-shaped paper sculptures into wearable art as brooches, necklaces and earrings.

Rolled Paper Jewelry Components - Youngjoo Lee

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Anthropologie Windows Feature Quilling and Paper Flowers - Spring 2017

So what if we're in the midst of a windy snow day here in Delaware? I'm thinking spring thoughts, thanks to quilled flower displays that are blooming in Anthropologie store windows.

Anthropologie Window Quilling - Carmel Plaza, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California - Detail
Carmel Plaza, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California - detail
photo: Aspen Vo (@aspenvo)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Contemporary Mixed Media Quilling - Deb Booth of Different Light Studio

I've joined a recently formed Facebook group called Contemporary Quilling that reminds me of a now-defunct Yahoo group I enjoyed as a new quiller at the turn of the century. {Wait, that makes me sound ancient... I mean this century, kids!} When learning an art or craft, looking at photos only goes so far... what's really helpful is to talk to others who share your interest, receive immediate feedback on projects and answers to questions. And for those of us who have been quilling for awhile, it's a place to find inspiration, offer guidance and to see firsthand the new directions people are taking our particular form of paper shaping.

Mixed Media Quilling - Betta Beauty
Betta Beauty

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Dynamic Paper Sculpture Tori for Valentine's Day - Giveaway

 Congratulations to Devblev, winner of the double prize!

You might recall a December post in which I featured Kris Koch, a photographer who creates art with paper... specifically the design and digital cutting of tori, which are uniquely layered 3D shapes. At the time, Kris was in the process of opening an Etsy shop Nature Nougat, which is now fully launched. To celebrate, she is offering a double prize giveaway to All Things Paper U.S. followers. I'll let Kris tell you about them.

Coral Paper Heart Torus

Monday, January 30, 2017

Dimensional Paper Models - Lisa Lloyd

It's dreary January; I haven't heard a bird chirp in ages. No wonder the moment my eyes landed on this colorful 3D model created by Lisa Lloyd in England, I was all yessss, onto the blog you go! She had written to tell me that Waitrose Weekend magazine had recently commissioned her to create a blue tit paper sculpture for the front cover.

Blue Tit Paper Sculpture by Lisa Lloyd

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