Monday, December 22, 2014

Origami Jewelry - Paper/Wood/Metal by Ilan Garibi

If you're a longtime reader of this blog, you might remember Ilan Garibi and his fascinating path as an origami artist. Several years ago his modular paper foldings were featured here and tessellated lampshades here. Since that time Ilan has continued to work with paper, and travels to conventions as an active member of the worldwide origami community. However, in recent years his interests have expanded beyond paper to include concrete casting and even metal sheets. This past year Ilan has been creating fine jewelry based on origami crease patterns.

Folded Paper and Metal Necklace by Ilan Garibi

But before focusing on jewelry, let me briefly introduce the stunning home decor Ilan designed beginning in 2012, titled Tavolini / Metal Origami Collection.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Complex Paper Quilling - Ayobola Kekere-Ekun

Today I would like to introduce Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, who has created some pretty phenomenal art pieces despite the fact that she only began quilling a year or so ago. Ayobola grew up in Lagos, Nigeria where quilling supplies are not available. In fact, at first she didn't know there was such a thing as she had come upon the technique quite naturally.

Ayobola is 21, studied graphic design at the University of Lagos and recently graduated with a B.A. in visual arts. I was curious to learn more after seeing her Zentangle-esque designs on Behance, so wrote to ask a few questions...

Paper quilling by Ayobola Kekere-Ekun - Faces

Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY Pendant Light Kit Giveaway from Zipper 8 Lighting

Congratulations to Annie, winner of the kit!

Here we go... the final giveaway of the holiday season and then it's back to regularly scheduled programming - artist interviews, tutorials, and the like. This time it is a chance to receive the brand new DIY Manhasset Light Kit from Zipper 8 Lighting that gives you the opportunity to "illuminate your creativity" - what a great tagline!

Manhasset Pendant Light Kit - Zipper 8 Lighting

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Paper Ornament Kit Round Up for the Holidays

It just wouldn't seem like the holidays without some sort of making frenzy going on at my kitchen table... with that in mind, I scouted around for new paper craft kits. There's just enough time left to order, receive, and make some paper ornaments even though the Christmas countdown is pretty far along!

Putz House Ornament DIY Kit from Holiday Spirits

Monday, December 8, 2014

Paper Jewelry Giveaway from Paper Julep

Congratulations to the winners - tfanjoy and Diana Mieczan!

Paper Julep's hand-screened paper and paste paper earrings may have caught your eye when they were featured here a couple of months ago. Since then, artist Karen Krieger has been busy with craft shows around the country, but recently found time to add an assortment of colorful earrings to her Etsy shop where she also sells creative metalwork.

Paper Petal Earrings - Paper Julep

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Quilled Snowflake Ornament / Flower Pendant Tutorial

The #1 most frequently searched term here at ATP is quilled snowflake. In the past I've posted traditional rolled coil patterns here, here, and here, so this time I decided to make a snowflake (or if you prefer to think spring, it's a flower pendant) from folded strips of paper instead. The beauty of folding, or more precisely, alternate side looping (in quill-speak), is that you don't need a quilling tool - just use your fingers!

Quilled Snowflake Ornament or Flower Pendant Tutorial
 gold holofoil edge

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Paper Assembly - Artist Paper Giveaway

 Congratulations to giveaway winner Tristan Blakeman!

A new week... so it's time for another giveaway and this one is international! Debra Glanz of The Paper Assembly will be sending twelve 18 x 24 inch (46 x 61cm) artist papers of choice to one lucky winner. The high quality sheets - a lovely mix of masculine and feminine designs - are ideal for bookbinding and box making, home projects, or even gift wrapping.

Giveaway Papers from The Paper Assembly

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