Monday, May 21, 2018

Origami-Inspired Architecture, Fashion, Furniture, and Home Goods

Have you ever noticed that Japanese origami is often seen in our daily lives? I don't mean actual paper folding or cutting, kirigami-style... I'm talking about the influence of sharply creased lines in architecture, furniture, clothing, home and fashion accessories, and even as I linked to in my most recent newsletter, in the next generation of bandages.

Have a look at these stylish examples rounded up via Instagrammers whose photos I enjoy...

Origami-Inspired Mako Backpack by veni morgan

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Round Up of Six New Paper Craft Books

Recently I came across an intriguing selection of Hot New Releases in paper crafting books on Amazon. After sharing the list with a paper pal who responded enthusiastically - "Ah! What a treasure trove! I promptly sent my local library this list to purchase. They love people like me making official requests so they can expand their offerings." - it occurred to me you might enjoy hearing about them too.

Paper Craft Home by Sarah Louise Matthews

Monday, May 7, 2018

Personalized Quilled Wedding Gifts and Specialty Papers from Paper Connection

A friend's daughter married several months ago and in June several members of her husband's family will be visiting for the first time from overseas. My friend wanted to have special presents on hand that could easily be packed for their return trip, so asked me to make quilled pieces that she could frame, and also a card.

Quilled Floral Card with Bumble Bee

Monday, April 30, 2018

Japanese Chiyogami Paper Jewelry by Bashful Pineapple

Congratulations to Wendy @sevenwillowlane, giveaway winner!

Not only do I love to wear jewelry pieces that incorporate pretty paper, but I delight in helping online creatives spread the word about their unique handmade products. Bashful Pineapple might be a bit shy, I don't know, but one thing is for certain... the resin, paper, and silver jewelry found in Christina Gelinas's shop is no shrinking violet. I'd wear any of her designs in a heartbeat! Read on to learn how to win a piece of your choice.

Japanese Chiyogami Paper Necklace by Bashful Pineapple

Monday, April 23, 2018

Modern Paper Jewelry by Alfieri Jewel Design

 Congratulations to Kate Hague, giveaway winner!
Look for another paper jewelry giveaway that will launch 4/30/18 on the blog and Instagram.

Verde Alfieri, jewelry designer and owner of Alfieri Jewel Design based in Milan, Italy, makes contemporary necklaces, earrings, and bracelets using beautiful paper and high quality findings. At times she upcycles old book pages into wearable art. I'm admiring the undulating curves of this sophisticated necklace. It's doubtful anyone would guess the subtle specks are achieved due to printed text.

Book Page Necklace by Alfieri Jewel Design

Monday, April 16, 2018

Award-winning Quilled Ship - Sea Quill by Licia Politis

The annual Sydney Royal Easter Show took place in late March through early April this year, and once again my Aussie friend, Licia Politis of New South Wales, created a paper art project that took top honors in the quilling category. Sea Quill was awarded a first prize and was displayed in the Standard of Excellence Showcase.

Award-winning Quilled Ship - Sea Quill by Licia Politis

Monday, April 9, 2018

Imaginative Paper Jewelry by Ten Artists

I've been coming across more and more artisans who are creating truly beautiful paper jewelry. That means a new round up is in order, just in time to accessorize your spring or autumn (hello Down Unders!) wardrobe.

Paper Jewelry Bangle Bracelet by Alfieri Jewel Design

Monday, April 2, 2018

On-Edge Paper Art Illustration - Rebekah Jenkins

Dimensional paper art by Rebekah Jenkins in the U.K. first caught my eye when she began posting lifelike animal portraits on Instagram. Believe it or not, color shading stems only from shadows created via narrow paper strips that have been glued on edge. No paint is applied to the background, nor are guidelines sketched in place, yet Rebekah manages to convey remarkable expressions. I can't resist this face!

Quilling Paper Art Dog Portrait

Monday, March 26, 2018

Paper Cutting Templates - Bloom: 50 Decorative Papercut Patterns

 Congratulations to the winners - Dana Norris, @thejordanpowers, and @suze727!

Would you like to learn a new paper skill? Paper cutting is a hobby I've had my eye on for quite a while. The 50+ patterns in the new book, Bloom: 50 Decorative Papercut Patterns, are mighty pretty and just the enticement I need to give it a try!

Bloom Book Cover

Sunday, March 18, 2018

30 Examples of Quilled Wedding Invitations, Marriage Certificates, and Ketubahs

Until about a year ago I could often be found quilling commissioned marriage certificates and ketubahs that would be framed by the newly married couple, or matted wedding invitations that would be given as a gift. I'm on hiatus from wedding quilling while I work on other projects, but I understand that many of you arrive here in search of ideas, either for your own wedding or while in the planning stages of making a special gift.

Quilled Wedding Invitation Mat

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