Friday 28 September 2012

Gorgeous Gold Leaf Paper Bowl from Clementine

 

This gold leaf paper bowl is hand built by artist Susan Dwyer in her Illinois studio, Up in the Air Somewhere.

The gold leafed interior of these papier-mâché bowls make them almost glow.

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Up in the Air Somewhere is Chicago-based artist and buy viagra uk designer Susan Dwyer. Three years after graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she focused in sculpture, Dwyer began creating a line of ceramic and papier-mâché vessels inspired by the clean, minimal lines found in industrial architecture. The silos, warehouses and watertowers that dot the Chicago landscape are transformed into elegant vases, votives and planters. Because they are individually hand-built without the use of molds, every vessel has its own organic, one-of-a-kind character.

and with a splash of colour….

These papier-mâché bowls are lined with colorful rubber inside and sealed with polyurethane on the outside, making them water resistant and durable. With a distinctive raw edge and unique mix of textures, they’re equally at home on the mantle and levitra for uk the tabletop.

{Images by Ben Syverson. Visit Susan’s shop and blog.}

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Tuesday 4 September 2012

a bird in the hand…

 

Paper artist :: Cheong-ah Hwang.

Her work is beautiful and intricate, the hummingbirds look so real and fragile

as if they could wake up and fly away.

Hummingbirds from papernoodle flickr (a.k.a cheong-ah hwang)
Self-taught artist Cheong-ah Hwang creates beautiful and intricate works of art that are made entirely out of paper. When she was a child, her parents owned a print store and she grew up with paper all around her. And that’s how she got her start in paper sculpture early – by making paper toys to amuse herself.

Amazing Paper Artworks by Cheong-ah Hwang

Cheong-ah Hwang is a Columbus, Ohio-based self taught paper artist originally from Korea. In order to gain exposure and cheap cialis generic visa fund a project to make low-cost prints of her Little Red Riding Hood layered paper sculpture, she joined Kickstarter. She ended up raising $570 which far exceeded her goal of $250!

If you like her work, you may buy some of these at her store at Etsy or simply go check out more of her pieces at her portfolio .

{Images: papernoodle flickr (a.k.a cheong-ah hwang). Discovered via My Modern Metropolis}

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Saturday 25 June 2011

launch of the postale society

 

While celebrating my love of paper, I want to share the Postale Society with you. Such a lovely idea.

Kristina and Lou are pleased to announce

the launch of

the postale society.

crumpled pages smoothed out,

bent corners turned back,
taped together remnants of a letter.

keepsakes treasured.

knowing our stories
are part of where we come from,
where we are,
and where we will go.

for a sneak peek of the characters and their tales, click here.

subscription is available for purchase in the on-line store.

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Saturday 25 June 2011

paper artist :: Su Blackwell

 

Su Blackwell has a way with paper ~ her gorgeous book sculptures are paper fantasies of incredible intricacy and magical enchantment.

“Paper has been used for communication since its invention; either between humans or in an attempt to communicate with the spirit world. I employ this delicate, accessible medium and use irreversible, destructive processes to reflect on the precariousness of the world we inhabit and the fragility of our life, dreams and ambitions.” Su Blackwell

Su Blackwell makes intricate art-works from every-day objects, transforming clothes and cheapest generic cialis books into fantastical three-dimensional forms. Using a scalpel she cuts and glues the pages of books to create miniature dioramas glowing with lights in wood and glass boxes, like Victorian relics found in a museum of intrigue. She uses repetitive labor-intensive processes that often involve sewing, knotting, folding and cutting.

She finds her books – or rather lets them find her – by trawling through second-hand book shops. She always reads the book first and this in turn inspires the work. Some of the books that come into the artist’s possession sit on her shelf for months and months. The books themselves, their histories and stories, also interest her. They hold in their pages a record of their past events, as physical objects; their damage, such as frays and viagra order in uk stains, makes our relationship with the contents immediate and visceral, and in turn tells another story. Long & Ryle

There is a great interview with Su at My Love for You is a Stampede of Horses, here is an exerpt…“I read in a book a Burmese legend about the soul butterfly or win-laik-pya…it is believed that a sleeping person’s soul takes the shape of a butterfly and flies abroad while it’s owner is asleep, searching for the souls of other persons and animals and returning when the owner awakes.  burmese children are still taught never to wake a sleeping person for fear they may die, or worse, live on, without a soul.”

I discovered Su Blackwell in an editorial from British Vogue’s Fantastic Fashion Fantasy issue where she created an enchanting Christmas fantasyland of book-cut sculptures. And she has a blog showcasing her exquisite work.

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Friday 24 December 2010

Spellbound in a Winter Wonderland

 

Dream of a bewitching Christmas filled with jewels fit for a fairy tale, sparkling under a diamond moon.

su blackwell :: beautiful paper art

British Vogue’s Fantastic Fashion Fantasy ~ British artist Su Blackwell

created an enchanting Christmas fantasyland with her wonderful book-cut sculptures.

There is a great interview with Su at My Love for You is a Stampede of Horses, with more examples of her extraordinary work. An exerpt from the interview about this piece:

“I read in a book a Burmese legend about the soul butterfly or win-laik-pya…it is believed that a sleeping person’s soul takes the shape of a butterfly and flies abroad while it’s owner is asleep, searching for the souls of other persons and animals and returning when the owner awakes.  burmese children are still taught never to wake a sleeping person for fear they may die, or worse, live on, without a soul.”

Su Blackwell’s stunningly exquisite paper dress installation, While You Were Sleeping

{Images & Source via The Swelle Life}

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Monday 29 November 2010

Christian Lacroix Papier ~ stationery creations

 

Parisian couturier, Christian Lacroix

has a line of exquisite stationary and notebooks featuring his divine sketches.

Truly a feast for the eyes,  these journals and note cards are very chic vessels.

With such storied provenance and whimsical imagery,

the assorted designs by the great fashionista look stunning.

Presented on a a set of 12 postcards in 8 designs of die-cut construction and the laser-cut lace-edge note cards.

The boxed set of laser-cut lace-edge note cards illustrated with haute-couture fashion sketches are all among the stationery creations of Christian Lacroix Papier.  A beautiful box set of 4 journals is loaded with wonderful fantasy imagery. Each journal is hardcover with lined paper and showcases different images.

 

a little about christian…

christian lacroix was born on may 16, 1951 in arles, france, under the highly symbolic sign of taurus. he spent his childhood immersed in provençal and gypsy traditions. his passion for nature, art, oscar wilde and the beatles’ england then led to his work in fashion. since his first electrifying show in 1987, christian lacroix has redifined the art of haute couture. in 2002, he received his insignia of the chevalier d la légion d’honneur.

{Images and stationary via kates paperie + last 3 images by Bianca of  pergolina}

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Saturday 27 November 2010

olde, worn, weary beautiful things

 

I was charmed by the discovery of The Black Spot Books via Blood Milk.

It’s is a quirky etsy shop stocked full of leather-bound and literary goodies

that is usable and wearable art made by Margaux Kent from her studio in Philadelphia.

The miniature books can be worn as necklaces as well as being a tiny journal to record treasured quotes or thoughts.

And the works are beautifully photographed often with skulls and test tubes as props.

I couldn’t resist this Antique Baseball mitt large journal necklace, covered with a piece of brown leather from an antique baseball mitt. It is much larger than her usual journal necklaces, and I am looking forward to the joy of opening the package and feeling the leather when it arrives, having travelled thousands of miles across the Pacific ocean.

And I was so tempted to become the custodian of this little treasure that is covered with a bit of beautiful brown vintage boot leather, and tied it with a piece of vintage deer skin. I may weaken!

A part from my love of books and paper, it is the stories about each work that captures my heart.

Leather rescued from an olde sofa, saddle or boot……

Covered with a piece of antique sofa leather. Beautiful black with brown edges.

This piece below was abused with tacks.

I love the texture and crinklyness, as does it’s maker.

Margaux describes her work.

My arts are made from olde things, treasures found and recovered from misfortune and neglect, relics of the unusual, the confused and the macabre, cut and pulled and bound into wearable curiosities and inscribable keepsakes. I used to make them for me and now I make them for everyone.

My books are made using archival insides and vintage outsides. Inside you’ll find line-free strathmore drawing paper – thick, hand-torn, acid-free pages that work perfectly with ink, pens both thick and superfine, pencil, charcoal, and myriad other mediums. The books’ covers are made using hand-picked scraps and worn leather, cut to fit the appropriate size. The leather I use has been bartered from farms in Ecuador, ripped from old chairs in Holland, taken from boots and shoes and saddles and bags and wallets, and found in abandoned houses across the United States. I scavenge dumpsters and flea markets and yard sales all over the world. I hand-stitch each unlined page to the next and then finish it with a soft or hard cover.

Every book is made with different materials, so no book will ever have a duplicate.

I covered this with bit a very light yellowy vintage deer skin and tied it with an orangey bit of another. One the front is the roughish part of the hide, uncut by my hands.

I haven‘t loved a book this much in a long time. I covered this in olde black leather given to me by my husband’s brother’s father in law who is an upholsterer! Good fortune indeed! This is olde and worn mid-century leather that was removed from a sofa. The edges and cracks are brown. I cut out a little hole in the front to frame an antique tin type. I love too.

Another black leather journal made from crackly olde sofa leather with the brown underneath sneaking through. An old little baby photo afixed upon a tintype, likely from the 1800s, adorns the front.

There is a lovely interview with Margaux on lillyella.

And she shares what she is inspired by:

oh! Perfect combinations of little things.

These things find me, and are often in cahoots with music and the way the outside air moves around me.

Landing in strange places. The Sea. Abandoned houses. Abandoned lives. Bits and pieces of what was.

Dreaming of going back in time. Indiana Jones and Back to the Future. Books. Words. Twilight Zone. Walking.

Magic. Mystery. Cross over. This is what I call the spot in music where the magic happens.

It has a name, but i forget it, like in Leonard Cohen’s hallelujah when he sings, …minor falls and the major lifts… oh. mmmmm. that spot. and when notes go up like when Nina Simone sings, “because I have loved so vainly” the vainly part. over and over these things.

cool air and sprinkly rain and walks through it. when you start out chilly and end up so super cozy.

cobblestone streets. imagining what it was like when…

like when i would walk around philadelphia reading benjamin franklin’s autobiography and try to imagine him walking on the same streets, touching the same cobble stone.

europe. i wear a ring from 100 – 200 a.d. – thinking of who wore it before.

when i dream of flying (hasn’t happened in a long time) yodeling. running down mountains (and peeing sometimes as a result of laughter and motion) thunder. lightning. olde fuzzy music. stripes. pit fire. swimming. wandering. getting lost. freeing myself of numbers and counting for no reason. horseback riding anywhere, but in Iceland, oh. junk. junk. junk. olde things. dirt. photographs. Anselm Kiefer. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Books. Forests. Walter. Søren.

Margaux also has another lovely estsy shop of found treasures at Plundered.

I am always searching and often finding good things that I haven’t a use or thought for straight away.

This, Plundered Etsy Shoppe is where I shall put these things!

xo


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Sunday 24 October 2010

like a dream…

 

I adore these pretty photos by jessica claire

Photography: Jessica Claire, http://www.jessicaclaire.net

Event & Photo Stylist: Grey Likes Weddings, http://www.greylikesweddings.wordpress.com/

Floral Design: Flora Organica: http://www.floraorganicadesign.com

Hair & Makeup: Vivian Tran: All Made Up, http://www.allmadeupteam.com

Wedding Stationary, Favors, and Paper Suite: MaeMae Paperie, http://www.maemaepaperie.com

Printing of paper products: Czar Press, http://www.czarpress.com

Fabric Rosettes, shoe clips, and “just married” banner over cake: B. Poetic: http://www.bpoetic.com

Cake: Cheryl Stewart of Cake My Day

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