Monday, June 20, 2016

Origami-Themed Jewelry from FoldIT Creations - Giveaway

I know I'm often saying I met so and so on Instagram, but it's true! That is where I first caught sight of the origami and origami-inspired jewelry made by Gavin Canning of FoldIT Creations in Toronto. Incredibly industrious, Gavin is constantly coming up with new and varied ideas.

Who doesn't have memories of making paper airplanes as a kid? A nod to simpler times, his playful plane necklaces and earrings are much more refined... in fact, they are hand-folded silver.

Silver Folded Paper Airplane Necklace

Monday, June 13, 2016

Instructables Quilling Contest and More!

There must be something in the water... months passed with no paper craft contest sightings and then all of the sudden I heard about three last week! So this post is a little round up in case you would like to check them out...

A quilling contest is underway on Instructables.com that has lots of prizes provided by the Silhouette company  - 19, in fact, including a custom stamp maker, a Cameo electronic cutting machine, dies, etc. You have plenty of time to make something fabulous and present it as an Instructable; the contest end date is not until July 18.

Instructables Quilling Contest

Monday, June 6, 2016

Kiahdesign Paper Jewellery - Sharon Armstead

If you're a frequent visitor to this site, you already know I have a special place in my heart for paper jewelry... nothing beats the surprise factor it offers when an admirer learns the piece you're wearing is made of paper! I've showcased about a dozen paper jewelry artisans this spring and plan to do another roundup post soon, but after meeting Sharon Armstead of Kiahdesign Paper Jewellery via Instagram, there was no question the variety of her work would require its very own feature.

Kiahdesign Paper Earrings

Monday, May 30, 2016

New Tapis Series Quilling by Lisa Nilsson - Gospel

Gospel is artist Lisa Nilsson's fourth remarkable quilled piece in an ongoing medieval-inspired Tapis Series. You might recall the equally dense Jardin that was featured here earlier this spring and previously, Small Red Rug and Binding. Lisa works with 1/4-inch strips that she cuts from large sheets of mulberry paper. As for the gilding that brings such a rich look to her work, she sometimes cuts page edges from discarded books and also uses archival strips that have been edged with gold by a bookbinder.

I asked Lisa to share detail shots and to tell us about the work that went into the making of this piece.

Gospel - Quilling by Lisa Nilsson
Gospel
18 3/8" x 14 3/8"

Monday, May 23, 2016

Op Art Papercuts - Crissy Tioseco

Multitudes of paper cutters do incredible work... there simply aren't enough weeks in the year to feature all those whose designs I would like to share. These examples by Crissy Tioseco of Vancouver, British Columbia caught my eye because she incorporates something special into her papercuts...

Ninja Blade 2 Paper Cutting by Crissy Tioseco

Monday, May 16, 2016

Tissue Paper Sculpture - Patricia Chemin

Paper artists are often full of surprises. Case in point is today's featured artisan, Patricia Chemin, who lives in the Brittany region of France. She has been working almost exclusively with tissue paper for the past nine years... yes, ordinary tissue paper. Who would imagine it could be turned into objects of such beauty?

Tissue Paper Bowl by Patricia Chemin

Monday, May 9, 2016

Paper Jewelry Artisan Round Up - Part 2

Yes, it's another jewelry extravaganza... not surprisingly, Part 2 turned out to be as much fun to put together as Part 1! I'm sure there will be a Part 3 before long because I continually come across creatives who turn paper into eye-catching art. Although most people think paper isn't strong enough to be worn as jewelry, it is the rare piece that can't handle the task of simply swinging from an earlobe or hanging around one's neck.

Jen & Tonic Paper and Leather Earrings and Necklace

Monday, May 2, 2016

Realistic Bird Sculptures from Paper & Wood - Zack Mclaughlin

I've been a fan of the beautiful 3D bird sculptures created by London artist Zack Mclaughlin ever since being introduced to them via Colossal about a year ago. Zack's Paper & Wood Instagram feed is a delight as he often shares in-progress shots and talks about the process of making these highly detailed creatures.

Paper and Wood Long Tailed Hummingbird Sculpture
Hummingbird

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