Thursday, March 23, 2017

Custom Quilled Ketubah - in Progress

Just a quick post today to show you what I've been working on - a quilled ketubah (i.e. a Jewish prenuptial agreement that is signed just before the wedding and later framed and hung in the home). I love doing quilled monograms and whenever I'm presented with a new one, it's like a game to figure out how best to sculpt the letters so they fit together in a pretty way. In this case, I shaped them to resemble the lettering on the couple's wedding invitation.

Quilled Monogram
Calligraphy by Riva Brown of Living Letters Studio

Monday, March 20, 2017

Custom Paper Pet Portraits - Megan Mead of Paper Pups

Bringing a paper artist to your attention who has carved out a clever niche is one of my favorite things to do... such is the case with Megan Mead of Texas who goes by the name paperpups on Instagram; her Etsy shop is Paper Pet Art.

Custom Paper Pet Portrait - Max

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Polimind DIY Papercraft Templates and Kits - Giveaway

 Congratulations to itsmediana, rosemoon, and zumailina!

Because many of you enjoy building paper craft models, especially the fold-and-stick low poly variety, I'm happy to announce an Indiegogo campaign that just launched yesterday from Polimind, a creative design startup in Lisbon, Portugal. Andreia & Dusan are the architects behind Polimind who have designed a clever collection of DIY kits and printable templates that will appeal to all ages.

Polimind Dragon Head Low Poly Model
Dragon Head

Monday, March 13, 2017

7 Modern Paper Jewelry Trends

In case you're keeping count, between last week's post about six paper jewelry artisans and now seven more, we have a baker's dozen of creatives who are designing on-trend necklaces, earrings, brooches and bracelets. From nautical stripes, polka dots and tassels to geometrics, metallics, blush and neon, all are in style for spring and summer.

Woven Paper Brooches by Francesca Vitali

Thursday, March 9, 2017

6 Artisans Who Make Pretty Paper Jewelry

It's been way too long since my last post about paper jewelry... at least I think so! I love wearing jewelry with paper elements because of the surprise factor. Whenever someone leans in for a closer look, their expression is reliably one of pleasant shock when they realize simple paper is involved. And so I went in search of new favorites that have me looking forward to warm weather. On Monday, I'll be featuring even more... after all, the change of seasons requires a few accessory updates, right? Right!

Paperwhite Narcissus Necklace by Le Quillery

Monday, March 6, 2017

Creative Quilling Series by Tealcup

Perhaps I shouldn't generalize and call the paper art home decor that Archana Kumar of Tealcup creates, quilling... you see, she is as adept at devising linear, geometric pieces as ones that are composed of tiny rolled coils. Traditional quilling is where Archana got her start though, so I'll let the post title stay as is.

Alhambra 1, 2, 3 - On Edge Paper Art Series by TealCup
Alhambra 1, 2, 3
9"x7"; 1/4" card stock
geometric quilling based on Islamic art patterns

We met via Instagram (@thetealcup) when she alerted me to a photo she had snapped of large scale quilling in an Anthropologie window. It only took a quick glance at Archana's feed to know I wanted to share her work here... you see, as one who loves small collections, all things orderly and creative color palettes, it spoke to me immediately. Despite being a busy student, Archana agreed to answer my questions about her artistic journey.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Quilled Wedding Invitation Mat - Symmetrical Design

I mailed off this quilled wedding invitation mat last week... a commissioned gift for a couple who married in September. The wedding color palette was cranberry and sangria; the elegant pearl white invitation featured deep red lettering.

Quilled Wedding Invitation Mat

Monday, February 27, 2017

Paper Art Exhibit at Currier Museum of Art - Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting

Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting is an exhibit that just opened this past weekend at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire in the U.S. I'm hoping I'll have the chance to visit before it closes on May 21, 2017, as seeing the work of three dozen artists is right up my paper-loving alley.

Paper Art Exhibit - Charles Clary Meticulous Excavations Movement #3 (detail)
Charles Clary, Meticulous Excavations Movement #3 (detail), 2017, 
hand-cut paper and acrylic on panel, dimensions variable, 
image courtesy of the artist, © Charles Clary.

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