That dynamic GIF, highlighting the positive effects of wind energy, is by Philadelphia-based illustrator Angela Rio. She’s another paper crafter that recently caught my eye, and she uses the material to produce interior and outdoor scenes.
Sometimes, Angela will layer bits of paper to give the illusion of volume, while other times she’ll draw on top of it. This mixed-media approach creates a sense of space using perspective. Check out her collages and patterns for more! (Tumblr, too.)
If you participated in the Collage Scrap Exchange, you might be wondering a couple of things:
1. Where can I see everyone’s submissions?
2. Who is the winner??
Well, I have a definite answer for your first question. You can now view everyone’s submission on the Collage Scrap Exchange website. There are a lot of entries (496!), but luckily, it’s endless scrolling, so go crazy!
As for the second question… we haven’t selected a winner yet, but we’re getting close. Kirsten of Papirmass and I both created “short lists” of entries that we liked, and she’ll ultimately decide who will grace an upcoming issue of Papirmass. The winner will be announced next Friday, so stay tuned. In the meantime, view her list here!
These collages are plucked from my short list. If you’ve been reading my round up posts all along, then you might recognize some of these. And, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I want to say how difficult it was to narrow down the list. There were so many strong submissions — we had our work cut out for us.
To all participants — thank you so much for taking the time for the Collage Scrap Exchange. It has been an amazing experience to talk to ya’ll and see your work. And, if you weren’t able to join in the fun, no worries! This Exchange will be happening again.
This exquisite piece by illustrator Sonia Poli is called Vegetal Gradiant. It’s made from paper and mounted in an embroidery frame. Sonia writes:
While following my path through the paper collage world and I simply came up with this. Tired of frames, I wanted my collage to act more like a sculpture. After playing around with fish for my previous exhibition, I used the same technique (gradient from navy blue to a lighter/brighter color) for another favorite thing of mine, leaves.
The Awesome Project is “an experimental journey of the multidisciplinary” by illustrator Madalina Andronic. Her porcelain creations are inspired by Romanian folklore, and this influence seeps into sweet fairies, collars, and much more. Seriously. I’ve featured many of her pieces, but Madalina has a lot more to see on the Awesome Project Tumblr.
“The wish,” she writes, “is to create heart-to-heart, beautifully adorned decorative objects for individuals and homes. All the pieces are designed and hand-decorated individually, using porcelain, underglaze colors, stoneware glazes and love.”
Lila Poppins is an illustrator and paper designer who uses her talents to create fantastic beasts, lovely blooms, outdoor scenes, and much more. In addition to sculpting with paper, she also directs stop motion films. Lila’s Tumblr features a few of these animated snippets, one of which is a combination of paper and 2D illustration. The film is an illustrated French poem written by Jacques Prevert and available to view on Vimeo (I’ve also included it below).
And, just a note: illustrator Clément De Ruyter is the person behind the character design of this creature. (Lila did the paper work, obviously!)
Get lost in the magic of Danse de Lune (formerly Art and Ghosts). She’s a UK-based illustrator who has a penchant for colorful folklore and dark, dreary skies. I love the multilayered, fantastical feel that these pieces have. They’re soft with a lot of visual oomph — just look at all of the tiny, intricate details! Danse gives us some insight to her work, writing:
The larger part of my work is concerned with the protection and welfare of nature, children, and non-human (occasionally magical) creatures: perhaps as a result of my earliest experiences and a sense of close identification with the hidden, nocturnal things which speak an unknown language. Animals concern me especially, whether magical or quite ordinary.
Dreams and the unconscious (Jungian) also play a predominant role in my work, alongside symbolism, mysticism, folklore, mythology and fairytales.
Check out Danse’s Etsy shop for prints.
Years ago, on Pinterest, I saw this Monster Skin Rug designed by Joshua Ben Longo and fell in love. It’s a clever take on those bear skin rugs you see in the movies, except more fun and a lot less cruel. They’re made of 50% wool / 50% polyester felt scales that are then sewn to a felt silhouette and stuffed with polyester. Plus, they plastic teeth!
It turns out Longo had been making the rugs by hand for years, but at a very high cost for the consumer. Now, he’s turned to Kickstarter to help with the cost of production and produce Monster Skin Rug in volume. For $425, you can own this delightful piece of decor.
If $425 is out of your price range, Joshua has other monster-related items you can own. Finger puppets, totems, and other soft sculptures are all available.
And, a little extra. Another creation by Joshua!