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Delicate Paper Floral Wreaths to Dazzle and Empower You

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

If you’re still feel­ing down about recent events (I know I am), Grace Chin offers a beau­ti­ful pick-me-up with her empow­er­ing flo­ral wreaths. Com­bin­ing paper craft with text, she cre­ates del­i­cate faux flow­ers and arranges them onto a cir­cu­lar form. In the mid­dle of it, she places cut-paper let­ters phras­es like “All bod­ies are good bod­ies” and “Be brave.”

She writes,

My work is inex­tri­ca­bly tied to my pas­sion for inter­sec­tion­al fem­i­nism and fight­ing neg­a­tive forces— both polit­i­cal and personal—with words. I sin­cere­ly believe in the pow­er of inter­nal­iz­ing and imbib­ing pos­i­tive mes­sages. In par­tic­u­lar, I’m in search of pithy, com­pelling state­ments that are meant to occu­py pri­mar­i­ly domes­tic spaces and serve as dai­ly reminders.

Grace con­tin­ues,

Com­po­si­tion­al­ly, I take influ­ence from the Dutch tra­di­tion of pronkstilleven (deca­dent still life paint­ing), as well as out­sider and Amer­i­can folk art. In posi­tion­ing myself firm­ly between craft and art tra­di­tions, I hope to do what many women artists and arti­sans did before me: cre­ate beau­ti­ful every­day objects that also serve some use­ful­ness beyond their aes­thet­ic val­ue.

Grace sells her work (includ­ing these wreaths!) through her online shop.

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace D. Chin empowering floral wreaths
Paper Craft

Tiny Terrariums You Can Hold in the Palm of Your Hand

Cameron Garland

Cameron Gar­land crafts tiny ter­rar­i­ums you can hold in the palm of your hand. The intri­cate­ly detailed cut-paper cre­ations show­case minus­cule suc­cu­lents thriv­ing in gold­en geo­met­ric planters that I wish I owned. A com­bi­na­tion of col­lage and draw­ing, they resem­ble the real thing—a big trend in decor—sans the mess. Sounds good to me!

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland
Design, Paper Craft

Handcrafted Floral Typography Created Entirely Out of Paper

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography

Cre­at­ing typog­ra­phy, in gen­er­al, is chal­leng­ing, but it’s even more so when done by hand. Lavanya Naidoo has excelled at pro­duc­ing clean, bold text, and she did it entire­ly out of paper. Her beau­ti­ful piece A Thorn in My Side fea­tures black block type paired with sculpt­ed and quilled flo­rals. The visu­al heav­i­ness of the white petals—that look incred­i­bly realistic—offsets the pink lines to cre­ate bal­ance that excites the eye. This piece is even bet­ter when viewed from the side because you see all of the great three dimen­sion­al details.

Lavanya sells this image as a print through her online shop.

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography
Paper Craft, Sculpture

Colorful Paper Cacti That Won’t Wilt or Prick You (!!)

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This past spring, I mar­veled over illus­tra­tor Kim Siel­beck’s tiny paper cac­ti with their bold col­ors and charm­ing pat­terned pots.  So, when I was in the midst of plan­ning Inside / Out­side at Flower Pep­per Gallery, I knew her work would be per­fect for it. I was so hap­py that Kim agreed and cre­at­ed a host of new plants—some large and some small—just for the show.

The pieces seen here are now avail­able through Flower Pep­per Gallery’s web­site. If you’ve been think­ing about buy­ing her work—do it! The cac­ti are even more delight­ful in per­son. And if you’re some­one with a brown thumb, you still reap the ben­e­fits of some green with­out the fear of them wilt­ing.

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

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Kim Sielbeck paper cacti
Paper Craft

Intricate Cut Paper Castles You Can Hold in the Palm of Your Hand

Ultralazer cut paper

I’ve nev­er been to It’s a Small World in Dis­ney­land, but I’ve always admired Mary Blair’s ver­sion that fea­tures styl­ized build­ings con­struct­ed out of sim­ple, col­or­ful shapes. It’s this aes­thet­ic that instant­ly drew me to the cut-paper works of Ultra­laz­er, a col­lab­o­ra­tive project from two France-based mak­ers named Max­ence and Pauline.

Togeth­er, Max­ence and Pauline cre­ate play­ful scenes that you can hold in the palm of your hand. I’m par­tial to their cas­tles, but nature scenes are com­mon, too. Regard­less of the land­scape, each is craft­ed with a stun­ning atten­tion to detail.

Ultralazer cut paper

Ultralazer cut paper

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Ultralazer cut paper

Ultralazer cut paper

Ultralazer cut paper

Ultralazer cut paper

Ultralazer cut paper
Paper Craft

Everything in the Kitchen but Its Sink Is Exquisitely Crafted with Paper

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Plants! Shrimp! Kabobs! Every­thing is made bet­ter with paper, don’t you think? Los Mer­ca­dos de Las Pal­mas de Gran Canaria or trans­lat­ed, Mar­kets Las Pal­mas fea­tures a bevy of deli­cious foods and beau­ti­ful blooms. They have a exquis­ite sense of crafts­man­ship and col­or, made even more com­pelling with eye-catch­ing arrange­ments.

These com­po­si­tions were cre­at­ed for an adver­tis­ing cam­paign col­lab­o­ra­tion between Club de Esgri­ma, María Lau­ra Benavente, and Jorge León.

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Paper Craft

Corrie Beth Hogg’s Playful Paper Plants for All You Brown Thumbs

Corrie Beth Hogg

One craft trend I can’t get enough of is paper plants. I recent­ly mar­veled at Kim Sielbeck’s delight­ful papi­er-mache cac­ti, and I’ve also pinned many a plant tuto­ri­als on my Pin­ter­est. So when Cor­rie Beth Hogg shared with me her DIY pot­ted paper plants, I was real­ly excit­ed. Like Kim’s col­or­ful pieces, Cor­rie paints on the tex­ture of leaves and bun­dles them togeth­er like bushy, healthy plants.

If you have a brown thumb, you can make these plants too! The instruc­tions are avail­able on Corrie’s web­site, The Apple of My DIY. In fact, they’re prob­a­bly bet­ter than the real thing—your cat won’t try and eat them, forc­ing you to put all of your suc­cu­lents on a high shelf. (Le sigh.)

Corrie Beth Hogg

Corrie Beth Hogg

Corrie Beth Hogg

Corrie Beth Hogg

Corrie Beth Hogg

Corrie Beth Hogg

Corrie Beth Hogg

Corrie Beth Hogg

Corrie Beth Hogg

Corrie Beth Hogg

Corrie Beth Hogg

Corrie Beth Hogg
Paper Craft

Charming Cut Paper Characters Live in 2D and 3D Worlds

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Illus­tra­tor Malin Koort cre­ates charm­ing char­ac­ters out of cut paper. Her work fea­tures ele­ments of 2D and 3D design—most notably, she’ll fold paper and casts its shad­ows onto the com­po­si­tion. This pro­duces the illu­sion that they’re real­ly sit­ting. Sur­face patterns—on cloth­ing, in hair, etc—are oth­er­wise drawn onto the fig­ures. Cou­pled with bright col­ors, these two approach­es give her work a fresh and play­ful feel with the best of both flat and tac­tile worlds.

Malin sells select­ed works on Soci­ety6. I’m par­tial to her iPhone cas­es!

Malin Koort

Malin Koort

Malin Koort

Malin Koort

Malin Koort

Malin Koort

Malin Koort

Malin Koort

Malin Koort
Illustration, Paper Craft

Simon Arizpe Reimagines the Way You Look at a Picture Book

THE WILD by Simon Arizpe

Paper engi­neer­ing fas­ci­nates me. I’ve tried it before, and my brain… it just doesn’t design/illustrate in three dimen­sions. Instead, I’ll just admire the work of others—like illus­tra­tor Simon Arizpe! He used paper fold­ing to cre­ate THE WILD, a “pop-up object that reveals a sto­ry as you play with it.” As you inter­act with the piece, its illus­tra­tions change and tell fan­tas­ti­cal tale.

Simon is cur­rent­ly rais­ing funds for THE WILD via Kick­starter, which will help him bring his unique form of sto­ry­telling to a wide audi­ence. Watch the video below to see the book in action!

THE WILD by Simon Arizpe

THE WILD by Simon Arizpe

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THE WILD by Simon Arizpe
Illustration, Paper Craft, Sculpture

Charming Paper Cacti to Hold in the Palm of your Hand

Kim Sielbeck

If you fol­low me on Pin­ter­est, you’ve prob­a­bly noticed that I pin a lot of paper flower DIYs. I’m attract­ed to their bright col­ors and the sheer nov­el­ty of recre­at­ing liv­ing things out of inan­i­mate objects. Illus­tra­tor Kim Siel­beck does just this with her charm­ing series of tiny cac­ti. Using papi­er-mache, card­board, poly­mer clay, paper, sty­ro­foam, and clay pots, she’s con­struct­ed liv­ing-ish sculp­tures you can hold in the palm of your hand. All I can say is: do want!

Kim will be sell­ing these small plants at the NYC MoC­CA fes­ti­val on April 2 and April 3.

Kim Sielbeck

Kim Sielbeck

Kim Sielbeck

Kim Sielbeck

Kim Sielbeck

Kim’s tiny plants are inspired by a spec­tac­u­lar win­dow dis­play she cre­at­ed at Desert Island in Brook­lyn:

Kim Sielbeck

Kim Sielbeck

Kim Sielbeck

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