Thursday, September 3, 2015

Modern Quilling by Isil Pinarbasi

I'm always on the lookout for artists who are updating classic quilling in contemporary ways. Isil Pinarbasi of Isil Paper in Istanbul, Turkey is one such person. A longtime illustrator, she came upon quilling while searching for art supplies online just seven months ago and was excited about its possibilities.

Quilled Headphones

Monday, August 31, 2015

Paper Illustration and Paper Sculpture - Hannah Miles of Utensils0

Hannah Miles of Utensils0 is a young Instagram friend whose paper art I enjoy seeing each time she posts something new. A recent graduate of Graphic Design BA(Hons) at Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, Hannah was fortunate to land a job in London that is developing her talents in both graphic design and paper engineering.

Cut Paper Heart by Hannah Miles

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Horrorgami and More New Books in the World of Paper and Design

Five brand new titles have come my way recently that might pique your interest.

Horrorgami: 20 Gruesome Scenes to Cut and Fold is the only project-based book of the batch and is sure to be popular among fans of Halloween and horror movies. Created by Marc Hagan-Guirey, aka the Paper Dandy, you'll find haunted houses and scary film scenes awaiting your scalpel, cutting mat and ruler.

Paper Dandy's Horrorgami

Monday, August 24, 2015

Wedding Paper Goods and Fiber Lab Origami Giveaway

Congratulations to April Rogers and @asollander, Fiber Lab origami bow tie winners.

Brace yourself... image-heavy feature ahead! I'm talking weddings today... specifically my oldest son's which took place a few weeks ago in the mountains of upstate New York. Because quite a few paper elements were involved in the occasion, I thought it would be fun to bring them all together in one post.

Wedding Invitations by Monica O Design

Thursday, August 20, 2015

ALTA Papercraft - Geometric Paper Sculptures by Anna Trundle

Anna Trundle of ALTA Papercraft is a papercraft engineer in Melbourne who creates geometric folded paper sculptures as wall art. Australian birds have been a focus, but it's safe to say she can turn just about any animal or object into a colorful, dimensional illustration by combining digital and handcrafted techniques.

ALTA Papercraft Macaw

Monday, August 17, 2015

Origami Flowers and Vases - NLM Origami Passion

Origami flowers are well-done by many and origami vases are popular too, but Nicole Lopez Menendez of Westchester, New York is the first person I've come across who is putting them together in a seemingly endless variety of beautiful arrangements. What makes her designs even more special is the use of color-shaded papers that she creates herself. Just look at these realistic hydrangea blooms!

Origami Hydrangeas

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Quilled Orchid Necklace and Quilled Trumpet Flower Wedding Invitation

It's retro-project day... I shared this photo recently on Instagram of an orchid necklace (actually intended to be a framed piece) that I made quite a while ago. Because a couple of people asked about the center, I thought I would post close-ups to show it a bit better.

Quilled Orchid Necklace by Ann Martin

Monday, August 10, 2015

Putz House Snow and Glitter Tutorial by Carol Fisher of Holiday Spirits

Perhaps it's so hot where you are right now you're wishing for snow or maybe it IS winter and the timing of this post is perfectly appropriate. Either way, I hope you'll enjoy all the tips that Carol Fisher of Chicago has to share about decorating paperboard putz houses. She designs a variety of super-cute putz house kits for Etsy shop Holiday Spirits. Frankly, it's never too early to start thinking about... you know... that holiday. I dare not mention the C-word since it is only August, but like Boy Scouts, we will be prepared!

How to add snow and glitter to a putz house /

Bright white Bristol board houses look adorable on their own, but paint and dress them in the kit-included items and they become even sweeter.  Then take your little village to a whole nother level by adding snow and a glittering sheen.

Let's get started!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sculpted Paper Jewelry by Jason Chart-Davies

Incredible brooches and earrings composed of hand cut and folded paper caught my eye on Instagram - what an exercise in patience to assemble so many layers. No easy feat! I wrote to ask designer Jason Chart-Davies of Wales to tell us about his unique work.

Jason Chart-Davies makes truly remarkable paper and silver brooches and earrings.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Custom Quilled Ketubah - Monogram

It's truly been All Things Wedding around this blog and my house this summer as our oldest son was married over the weekend. It was so much fun, but more about that another time... today I have another recently married couple's ketubah to show you.

Quilled Ketubah by Ann Martin of All Things Paper

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

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