Thursday, October 30, 2014

Little Circles Quilling - Erin Curet

Erin Curet is a prolific paper roller with a colorful style all her own. She relies on the use of vivid paper strips to paint mosaic pictures that are composed of tightly placed coils. Erin discovered quilling only six years ago, but it has already taken her on quite a journey, both literally and figuratively.

Quilled Mosaic - Little Circles Paper Quilling

Monday, October 27, 2014

Miniature Paper Houses Round-Up

It's been nearly five years since I last shared a collection of miniature paper houses and believe me, there's been a home construction boom around the interwebs since then! So here's a new batch of inspiring tutorials and kits... as fast as time flies, it isn't too early to start thinking about a mantel display and tree ornaments too.

Dutch Canal House Luminaries - Kate's Creative Space

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Paper Maché Home Decor - Natalie Wargin

It isn't often that one thinks of paper maché as elegant, but the moment I saw Natalie Wargin's fine decorative pieces, that was the word that sprang to mind.

Paper Maché Faux Bois End Table


Monday, October 20, 2014

Pop-Up Holiday Cards - LovePop Giveaway

 Congratulations to Heather Sebastian, winner of the LovePop Cards Holiday Set!

I can't think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy opening a pop-up card... the unexpected surprise is enough to bring a smile to the Grinch-iest of souls. Of course Christmas and Hanukkah are still quite a few weeks away, but I hope you won't mind this introduction to a brand new line of greeting cards from a small startup called LovePop.

Pop-Up Snowflake Card - LovePop

Founders Wombi Rose and John Wise met while studying naval architecture and marine engineering in college. Led in different directions by employment after graduation, the pair reunited at Harvard Business School. A school project took them to Vietnam this past January where they were wowed by handmade three dimensional cards.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Paper Masks for Halloween

With Halloween just a couple of weeks away I thought it would be fun to search out masks that look great, yet aren't too time-consuming to complete. If you are into spooky things, this skull from Steve Wintercroft's Etsy shop Wintercroft could be just the ticket.

DIY Skull Mask - Wintercroft

Monday, October 13, 2014

Foldable Animal Sculptures: Poligon

Rodrigo Solorzano contacted me recently to introduce Poligon, a Kickstarter project developed by himself and Matthew White who met as students at the Royal College of Art in London. You might wonder why I've chosen to feature this project on All Things Paper because as cool as the metal sculptures are, they're very definitely not made of paper.

Foldable metallic sculptures - Kickstarter project, Poligon

The answer is simple... the project came about due to Rodrigo's interest in folding paper.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Visit to Pulp Culture - Morris Museum

Last week I attended the Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium Meet the Artists evening at Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey where three of my metallic paper pendants are on display.

Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium
A Harden Nest, 2012
handmade paper, wire, kozo mulberry fiber, flax, iron

Monday, October 6, 2014

Paste Paper Jewelry: Paper Julep

How have I managed in all these years of blogging to have never posted about making paste paper? That's about to change! Read on for an introduction to Paper Julep, artist Karen Krieger's line of colorful jewelry that features paste paper, which if you aren't familiar with the term, is the satisfying technique of applying dimensional color to plain paper.

Paste Paper

Karen, who lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, won the recent PCI Paper giveaway, which led to a conversation about the contemporary earrings I noticed on her website. Not only is Karen a professional metalsmith, but for the past decade she has been making jewelry in a variety of geometric shapes with Japanese chiyogami paper and her own handmade paste paper.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Paper Engineer: Rob Kelly

There's nothing quite like hearing from a fellow paper aficionado and learning that the person lives in your same state - after all, those of us who spend time contemplating the possibilities of paper are fairly few and far between. Rob Kelly has long been interested in paper engineering and kinetic paper sculpture, but only recently began blogging.

Pop-up Pinball Machine

Rob's training was in fine art, sculpture, and animation with additional involvement in electronics and technology. A professional paper engineer for the past decade with awards and patents to his credit, Rob realized, even as a child, that his calling was to test the limits of simple paper.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Paper Bird Sculptures at Longwood Gardens

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting Longwood Gardens, just up the road in nearby Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Not only was the weather fantastic - summer's last gasp - but I'd been looking forward to seeing Diana Beltran Herrera's paper birds that are on permanent display in the newly restored Webb Farmhouse & Galleries.

Paper sculpture birds by Diana Beltran Herrera

Diana was commissioned by Longwood and Gecko Group to create six sculptured representations that live in the meadow habitat where the farmhouse is located.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium

I'm looking forward to visiting the Morris Museum to see the newly opened exhibit, Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium, where three of my quilled necklaces are on display through December 7. Since many of you are far from New Jersey and won't be able to attend, perhaps you'd like to see them.

Quilled Necklace - Ring of Keys - Ann Martin
Ring of Keys, 2014

After a friend sent me some vibrant crepe paper that rolls beautifully, I was inspired to create a jazzy, wearable set of keys.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Handmade Greeting Cards with Flair

I went in search of unusual handmade greetings cards on Etsy and found three shops that feature special ones you won't find anywhere else. First up, Art Papier, which showcases the clever work of French artist Daniel Mar.

paper-art-greeting-card

He cuts and sculpts white paper "to build a fragile world", then photographs the scene and transforms it into cards and posters. Some examples are whimsical and lively, while others are serene. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Assembli DIY - Folded Paper Animals

I came across Assembli DIY via an Etsy email and knew immediately I would feature the fun paper animals that Joop Bource, a product and set designer in Breda, Netherlands, creates. Because who wouldn't love this face?!

Folded-Paper-Hippo-Kit
 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Upcycled Woven Home Decor - BluReco

In response to a recent post about woven paper baskets, a commenter asked whether I was familiar with BluReco, saying she thought I would like it. She wasn't kidding! I was astounded by the variety of woven objects on display, not to mention each item is made with upcycled paper and precise workmanship.

woven-recycled-paper-basket-detail 

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