Friday, July 12, 2013

Handmade Paper Art - June Corstorphine

Recently June Corstorphine of Threshold Handmade Paper Art in North Vancouver, Canada wrote to introduce her unique handmade paper wall art. Long interested in interior design, she first experimented with batik, decoupage, faux painting, and mosaics. When her daughter began bringing home colorful notices from school, June would recycle them into homemade paper to use for card making. After several years she began paper making in earnest, and now creates original home decor pieces from cast paper. Hand-spun art fibers, feathers, metallic thread, text, mica, and found objects are often incorporated into her work.

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Many of June's highly textured collages express themes of faith, transformation, and antiquity.

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Smooth Stones - 44 x 14 inches; handmade paper, paint, glue, acrylic polymer emulsion, conservation varnish, and Styrofoam armature

Smooth Stones captured my attention immediately, not only due to its large size (the above photo doesn't begin to do justice!), but also because of its realistic beauty. June said she was inspired by nature to create water and pebbles, and hopes it will convey the peace and tranquility of a river bed. "As I carved each stone I am reminded of how unique each one of us is and that over time the water smooths out our rough edges."

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"The stones are carved from Styrofoam, then pulp is added and when the pulp dries, they are painted. People always tell me they think they are real stones. Flecks of mica flicker and reflect light on the water."

Paper Sculpture - Inward Journey

Inward Journey (17 x 18 inches) is another highly dimensional piece that caught my eye. It was created from handmade paper, simulated pearls, paint, glue, acrylic polymer emulsion, and conservation varnish.

See more of June's work at Threshold Handmade Paper Art and find her on Facebook


10 comments:

Maureen said...

These are a Wow!

SUGANTHI said...

I thought they were real stones too. really amazing work.

Suman Pandit said...

"As I carved each stone I am reminded of how unique each one of us is and that over time the water smooths out our rough edges.".........love how you have kept the most astonishing fact (The stones are carved from Styrofoam)till the end !! The title 'inward journey' is so apt with the lotus like flower as it is such a strong spiritual metaphor. Thanks for sharing Ann!!
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June C said...

Maureen, I am glad my art touched you in some way. Thanks so much for the compliment!

June
ThresholdPaperArt

June C said...

Suganthi, I'm happy my efforts to make 'real' stones was worth it, besides it would have been soooo heavy with the real thing!

June
ThresholdPaperArt

June C said...

Suman,

Thank you for your support and kind words. Each piece I create has spiritual meaning to me and I am happy you received something meaningful from 'Inward Journey.'

For 'Inward Journey' specifically - when I was a child the Lord revealed to me that I would not die, that there was life somehow after death. I was reminded of this as I created this piece, of how the inward journey, walking with Jesus, leads us to everlasting life.

June
ThresholdPaperArt

Bellenza Bistro said...

Always in awe of those who can make the extraordinary emerge from the ordinary!

Melissa Kojima said...

Amazing! I thought they were real stones until I read they weren't. How cool!

June C said...

I believe each of us was given a gift (or gifts.) We are all creative in our own unique way! I didn't discover mine until later in life. I'm glad you enjoy!

Blessings,
June

June C said...

Thanks for noticing Melissa. I'm happy they appear life-like.

Blessings to you,
June

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