Out of the Studio:
I’ve facilitated a lantern making workshop as part of Vail’s Paper Lantern Project for the last few years at the Vail Public Library. This year was as busy as ever. Families come off the slopes to make a little light to celebrate the winter solstice and we end with a lantern walk through Vail Village led by Santa and Ralph, the tallest elf!
A blog reader turned me onto this fascinating work by Paige Smith, who draws inspiration from quiet, modest, tucked away spaces: the cracks in between bricks, the grating of a drain, the inside of a pipe and interior of a derelict phone booth. Urban Geodes are created either out of hand cut and folded paper or individually cast resin and configured seamlessly to fit into spaces that inspire her.
Paige Smith, Geode #1, Arts District LA
Um, these leafy “snowflakes” are so beautiful and Laura Howard of Bugs and Fishes
shows us how to make them!
Love this! Kristin Farmer’s holiday wrapping paper line, Curly Contessa
, embraces girls with curls.
I purchased a copy of This Book is a Planetarium
and it is under the tree for me! I’m so intrigued (I haven’t opened it, will share more when I do). Kelli Anderson’s book showcases six functional tech gadgets entirely made of paper. The most spectacular of her paper tricks are activated with a smartphone: a planetarium that projects zodiac signs in a dark room with an iPhone’s flashlight and a paper speaker that amplifies sounds from a mobile phone.
Do you follow Brainpickings
, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why by Maria Popova. Through book reviews and reflections, it is also an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life. This week Popova did an annual special: The 7 Loveliest Children’s Books of 2017
, and two of them have to do with paper! Sun and Moon
is a hand-bound treasure of a book, silkscreened on handmade paper with traditional Indian dyes with a cut-out cover. The Paper-Flower Tree
is the story of a young girl who meets a man with a tree made of sticks and paper flowers. He gives her one and tells her to plant it’s seed…
I am inspired by your blog and am loving getting connected with different artists and authors.
One of my favourite children’s books which uses paper to make incredible illustrations is
The Treasure Box by Margaret Wild
Lois, what a delight! I wasn’t familiar with The Treasure Box. Thank you!
Merry Christmas Helen! Thank you for all the lovely work you do and share. It’s grand.