Friday, April 22, 2011

For the Love of Paper

When I was a little girl and my mom had to go out on a trip, she would always get me a little gift.  The gifts were always either socks or paper, don't ask me why.  And, although I knew what to expect, I would wait for them as if it was the first time.  The socks I used all until they either got lost, or succumb to the wear and tear.  The paper, I have kept through all these years.

I used to have pen pals with whom I exchanged letters.  I had a pen pal from Greece, another one from Finland, and I think I even got a letter once from Japan.  Wherever the correspondence traveled, my paper delivered the message impeccably.  I was very proud of my collection, and my mom was even happier to see her gifts being put to good use.

After my communication with my foreign friends ended, I used most of that paper to make little origami figures.  I still have a few of my early models as reminders of a simpler life, when all I needed was a piece of paper to travel around the world or invent a magnificent little creature.  I truly respect and adore the art of paper, and here I give you some beautiful examples.... for the Love of paper.

I fell in love with this mobile ever since I laid my eyes on it, by SpareBedroomStudio

Custom silhouette portrait, by jennyleefowler

Mesmerizing! This artist cuts her little paper figures, arranges them in magical composites for her photography, by theaterclouds

I learned about Mabona Origami some time ago while searching for origami inspiration, and I was very glad to see that they have an Etsy shop, MABONAORIGAMI

Such a handy and clever idea, printable cutouts to use as party decorations as many times as you need, by tomkatstudio

I really liked this Art Deco style handmade card, by Inviteddesign

Remember that you can visit each of these Etsy sellers by clicking on the link under each picture.

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  1. I adore paper. It is one of the most basic, yet beautiful media to work with xx

  2. Thank you so much for the feature! Lovely blog!

  3. Love this blog feature. Great story :)

  4. These are amazing. I loved the tiny paper boats. :)

  5. Paper is such a beautiful and so often under-appreciated thing! Lovely pictures---I certainly favour that wonderful silhouette!


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