Monday, August 21, 2017

Rescue Pet Papercut Portrait Art - Emmanuel Jose

Emmanuel Jose is a New York City-based papercut artist and illustrator. You might recall the series of playing cards he began creating annually in 2011. One design a week led to complete decks that have been printed by the United States Playing Card Company and are avidly collected by playing card fans. For example, Delicious, a food and dining-inspired deck, was successfully funded on Kickstarter.

Rescue Dog Paper Sculpture by Emmanuel Jose - George

Monday, August 14, 2017

Constellations Paper and Resin Jewelry from Dittany Rose

 Congratulations to Kalyna, giveaway winner!

You might recall colorful jewelry made by Dittany Rose in Cambridge, England that I first featured in a June post about stylish paper jewelry. I've kept an eye on Dittany's Instagram feed and have been admiring her new Constellations range... earrings, brooches, and necklace pendants. Curious about this eye-catching celestial jewelry, I reached out to Dittany to learn more. One thing led to another and the result is this interview and a giveaway! One lucky reader will receive a Constellations piece of her or his choice.

Dittany Rose Constellations Collection - Pendants

Monday, August 7, 2017

Lisa Nilsson: Connective Tissue - Mütter Museum Exhibition

Many of you will recognize the work of paper artist Lisa Nilsson, whose quilling has been featured widely online due to its stunning complexity, unusual subject matter, and use of Japanese mulberry paper and gilt edge strips from old books that she cuts by hand rather than relying on commercial quilling supplies.

Angelico - Lisa Nilsson

Lisa's remarkable Tissue Series depicting anatomical cross sections is the subject of an exhibition, Connective Tissue, at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia now through January 4, 2018. Lisa sent over several photos from the recent opening and declared the museum nothing short of amazing.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Paper Panda's Guide to Papercutting - Two Free Templates and Book Giveaway

Congratulations to Jonnie, shockingsilk and omiyage_ca. Stay tuned for another giveaway (international) that's coming up soon!

Perhaps you are one of the more than 270,000 followers of Paper Panda Papercuts on Facebook. If so, you're already well-acquainted with the friendly, personable posts written by Louise Firchau - aka one half of the Paper Panda duo. She and her husband Ryan have built a strong art business by combining his talent for design and photography, and hers for cutting paper and teaching with a folksy charm - they're a dynamic force in the papercutting world. You might recall this post about Paper Panda from a few years back when their FB page had just half as many Likes, yet they were already wildly popular.

Paper Panda's Guide to Papercutting - Cover

Monday, July 24, 2017

Flora and Fauna Paper Sculpture from Recycled Materials - Kate Kato

I just returned from a visit to coastal Maine where I enjoyed being closer to nature than I usually am in my suburban life. No wonder then, that I was immediately drawn to the intricate paper sculptures of natural objects that are created by artist Kate Kato when I spotted them on Instagram. A lengthy visit to her beautiful website, Kasasagi, left me even more enamored with her work.

Paper Sculpture Insect Collection by Kate Kato

Monday, July 17, 2017

6 Paper Artists Who Make Contemporary Jewelry

I know, I know... another paper jewelry post. Forgive me if the subject isn't your thing, but let me assure you features are in the works that are far and removed from this topic. You see, after my jewelry post a few weeks ago, even more artists came to light and I couldn't help but showcase them here as well.

Paper Earrings with Beads by Paper Leaf

Monday, July 10, 2017

Modern Quilling with Paper Cutting - Akiko Makihara

An artistic friend in Oz sent me the link to Akiko Makihara's map of Australia that she had posted on Instagram (@sunandmoonkid). I was so glad to be introduced to Akiko's unique work! While she quills in the illustrative style made popular by Yulia Brodskaya, Sabeena Karnik, and Sena Runa, Akiko adds a distinctive touch by incorporating layered cut paper elements into her designs. I wanted to learn more about what makes Akiko tick as a creative, so wrote to ask if she would like to be interviewed... I know you'll enjoy getting to know her.

Quilled and Paper Cut Australia by Akiko Makihara

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry - eBook Release and Pre-order

Just a quick post during a holiday weekend here in the U.S. to tell you that the eBook version of my newest book for Interweave, The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry, is now available. The print version will be released everywhere books are sold on September 6. It may be pre-ordered via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at Book Depository, a UK site that offers free shipping worldwide. I hope you'll like making the projects as much as I enjoyed creating modern designs for necklaces and earrings.

The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry

If the pendant on the cover looks vaguely familiar, you might be remembering it from a previous post... it was one of my pieces that was included in a paper art exhibit at New Jersey's Morris Museum. At the time, I received questions about how I thickened and curved the paper so smoothly and now, thanks to the book's step-by-step illustrated instructions, you'll learn my technique.

The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry - Back Cover

There are so many reasons to love quilled jewelry... it's surprisingly durable, lightweight and comfortable to wear, and perhaps best of all, always gets people talking... "Paper! How can that possibly be paper?"

And now back to our regularly scheduled barbeques and fireworks. :) If you celebrate the 4th of July, have a happy one, and to all a great week!

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