April 30, 2011

little things inside a lightbulb

What better place for these miniature clothes than inside a lightbulb?
They are made out of Japanese paper treated with konnyaku, hand-sewn with thread.
The hangers are made of wire.

April 29, 2011

Paper Doll

As a companion project to my little things made out of paper,
I made this little doll, putting a spin on the idea of the traditional paper doll.
Everything is paper except her hair, which is made out of wool.

little things made out of paper

Here is a project that I am very excited about and I have been working on for quite some time.
After attending a washi workshop a little while ago,
I was struck by the different textures of paper - how it can resemble fabric - and different
papers can appear like leather, suede, or even fine silk.
Those who know me, know that I am obsessed with all things miniature,
and have been making miniatures out of all sorts of materials
(for example: these little polymer clay magnets),
so it seemed a natural extension to start making miniatures out of paper.
Unfortunately this piece is really hard to photograph,
because a lot of the objects are white-on-white,
but I hope you can get a sense of the detail in these close-ups.

April 21, 2011

Flying Ships at Freedom

I just came home from putting up my ships at the Freedom Clothing Collective.
They are flying high in the window display,
along with a couple of papier maché birds.
Be sure to peek in the window if you are in the area - they look much better in person!

April 6, 2011

Washi Workshop

I was invited to a workshop at the Japanese Paper Place yesterday on working with
washi (Japanese paper). I discovered konnyaku, which is a starch paste that can be applied
to paper to strengthen it, and make it more malleable.
The focus was on inspiring artists to use washi in non-traditional ways; for sculpture, jewelry,
sewing and all sorts of other applications.
I've always loved paper, and it was so wonderful to be freshly inspired!
The very top picture is some paper that I treated with konnyaku.
The other photos show some of the beautiful paper samples we were given.