Monday, 1 September 2014

Paper Cut...

Hello! So excited to have been asked to be a guest blogger for East London Craft Guerrilla, and thrilled that my first assignment was to review the beautiful new book Paper Cut by Owen Gildersleeve!


Paper Cut - An Exploration into the Contemporary World of Papercraft Art and Illustration is written by the London-based award-winning* designer, papercraft illustrator and set maker.
It gives a fascinating history of paper and how it has been used over the centuries through various cultures right up to the present time and the current resurgence over the last few years....

The author goes behind-the-scenes of his peers - people working with paper as their medium to create spectacular visuals in fabulous 3D from a material so easily considered by many as flat and two-dimensional! Although working in similar fields, many crossing over between graphic design, typography, illustration and animation for music, film and advertising in general, the artworks and technical use of the materials varies greatly. Using different techniques including cutting, folding, layering, collage, quilling, to create fantastic pictures or sets. Some of the artists use bright vibrant colours, others more muted tones, and some none at all, using the construction of the pure white paper to add depth and texture using light and shadow. 
 
 




We get to visit and snoop inside 25 artists' studios - mainly within the UK and Europe, but also as far away as United States and Australia - and find out what inspires them creatively and how they came to fall in love with working with paper!
I recognised many of the pieces of work from seeing them in magazines, books, videos and some images I had pinned on pinterest without actually knowing or remembering who they were by, so it was great to finally put a name and face to the piece, as it were.
 
 



There are so many beautiful pages within the book, to include all my favourites, so below is just a few to whet your appetite.
Upside Down House by Kyle Bean
Babushka by Yulia Brodskaya
Paper Shredder by Chrissie Macdonald
Holland Herald by Helen Musselwhite
Forest by Eiko Ojala
Three-Course by Fideli Sundqvist
Back to Basics by Zim & Zou

And here is a short film by one of the featured artists Helen Friel, which I had watched as inspiration for a project I was working on with someone a while ago (that was put on hold when we realised just how long it probably would take us to make something anywhere near as good as this!)
Paper Cut is a stunning book visually, with very interesting interviews with the selected artists that really give you insights into their minds and their working lives. From their inspiration and motivations, through the developing of their techniques and skills, to the finished pieces and beyond.
 
To Celebrate the launch of the book there is also currently an exhibition of Paper Cut from now until 25th September at The Proud Archivist, Regents Canal, London (nearest tube is Haggerston Overground Station)
 
 
 

There are workshops, talks and Sunday Brunches over the next few weeks, so it sounds like it will be a fantastic opportunity to see the artwork in all its glory and a chance to meet some of the artists in person!

For details of all the exhibition event see the Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1vxsAuZ

Paper Cut by Owen Gildersleeve is published by Rockport an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group and is available from all good bookshops for £20 rrp
However, the very kind people at Quarto Books have given us a very special offer to share with our lovely readers (yes that's you!) and so you can get a copy sent to you for just £16 including p&p! (UK only - overseas need to add £2.50 extra)
You can place your order either by ringing 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk
and quote the offer code APG168

Thanks for reading, if you have any thoughts, feel free to comment below.
 
Sanna aka Sannapanda

* He won the ADC Young Guns award in 2011! How awesome to actually be able to be a Young Gun! I hope he has a soundtrack whenever he arrives at or leaves! I know I would, but unfortunately, I am probably too old to ever be a Young Gun... *sigh*

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

WOOD + BONE... a very special exhibition!

Join us on Thursday the 4th of September for a very special private view... Craft Guerrilla are proud to present WOOD + BONE: A selection of art works by artists Aimee Capstick and Amanda Wayne.
Working from Walthamstow these two talented artists create magical imagery and stunning craft pieces inspired by their love of folk, Mexico and printing!

You will be able to purchase most works on display and meet the artists. We'll also be serving drinks and chatting with patrons so please do join us for a fun evening!

We'll be open from 6 pm to 9pm. Free entry and all welcome but feel free to bring your own refreshments. Drinks will be served but if you fancy adding to the table please bring a bottle of your favourite tipple!

Where?
Craft Guerrilla// Black Duke & Cashman 83 Grove Road Walthamstow E17 9BU

When? 
Thursday 4th of September from 6pm to 9pm. 

*Show resumes through out September. 
Open Friday to Sunday only.







Saturday, 2 August 2014

The soft touch...


The Corner shop lives on a sweet, residential street between Brick Lane and Columbia road in Bethnal Green, East London. Sitting proudly on the corner between cute little London terraces this former dry cleaners has been transformed into a magical experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                      

It's a cross between an art piece and my idea of heaven. Everything you find inside -and even outside as the sign welcoming you is also stitched though the shop fittings are original and in situ!- is made of felt.

Soft, bright and pretty much a true representation of the original items. It's pretty accurate.... so accurate then when I later visited a super market my mind was still believing it was looking at items made of felt!
You'll find everything from tins of Pilchards, baked beans, cans of special brew, Tampax, newspapers, packets of fags, bags of crisp, a selection of vegetables, milk and  all the rest you'd expect to find in a great British corner shop... even the cheap grey kitty litter!







This amazing project is by the artist Lucy Swallow who in all authenticity sits happily between her creations playing the part of a shop keeper behind a felt til! I think Lucy's secretly enjoying a bit of play time. By the size of her smile it's not so "secretly" as she looks like she is genuinely having fun! I mean who wouldn't be?

It's like a giant play shop... I remember fondly my plastic shopping trolley, bright yellow toy til and the huge amounts of plastic play food. It was after all the 1970's so plastic was the norm but this is so much more!
Though I wish I had the contents of Lucy's shop back then... that would had made me as a little girl the happiest child ever! Like the happiest 8 year old in the whole of History!


 







The corner shop is open until the end of August and honestly go... you won't regret it and remember everything is for sale though you'll have to wait until the end of the exhibition. I have to say I was very tempted but luckily -or unluckily. Depends how you look at it!- I didn't have my purse on me. But even though I didn't leave with a pack of felt Lucky Strike I left with a huge smile on my face and a feeling of pure child like joy... and that is pretty much priceless!











P.S. You can tell I was excited...look at the amount of exclamation marks I used in this post, but if you can't get there don't worry there is a Corner shop web shop though it really is a sight to be hold!
www.thecornershoponline.com




Thank you Lucy for making such a wonderful and happy piece of art!
I dare you blog reader to go in there and not come out feeling all warm and fuzzy!


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

5 minute tutorial...

We all know about the amazing insect repellent properties of eucalyptus oil so here's a quick and simple 5 minute tutorial to help add a little greenery to your craft room -or anywhere else in your home!- and also to help keep those pesky insects at bay using fresh leaves!
But you don't have to use these as repellents either as they also make cute green bunting.
I like to add them to my home to give it a fresh look plus however subtle the smell of English Eucalyptus it does definitely permeate a soft forest smell to the room.

I also like to use these up once they are dry in winter to burn over charcoal to help aid breathing once the cold & flu season get going!
My nan was a sage old woman who used to harvest eucalyptus leaves in the Northern forests of Portugal for drying in the sun over summer and to have handy once the sniffle season began. See Nana Adelaide, I was listening and paying attention to you!


Eucalyptus leaf bunting and Stefanos Rokos print...
On a door a bouquet to add a bit of forest fun!

For the green bunting you'll need...
A few fresh eucalyptus leaves
cotton sewing thread
scissors
sewing needle


Here's how...
Clean your leaves making sure they are free from bugs and larva eggs. Don't wash as you'll remove the natural oils but use instead a clean paper towel or a little soft brush which will help remove dust and mites.




Take a piece of thread -approximately the size of your intended green bunting- and thread through a needle.

Pierce each leaf until you have the desired amount.



Make sure to knot each end so they don't fall off and also to create a point for tacking into place. Otherwise use washi tape to stick your bunting to your chosen location....
It also looks pretty on walls as subtle party bunting!!!

I've added mine to my craft room as I've tried pretty much everything to help ward off moths. It's now under control but I hope these and their powerful aroma will keep them off my beautiful cottons and linens!



Or use as decoration...


For the bouquet you'll need...
Stems/branches of fresh eucalyptus -As we don't have a garden of our own we used some from a kindly neighbour but please ask before you chop any down!
Pretty ribbon

Here's how...
Pretty simple really! Remove smaller leaves from the end of the branch. Take a nice ribbon or some twine and tie together into a pleasing bouquet. I put mine on the bed frame as we've had a few mosquitoes...with any luck this should help keep them at bay!





You can use other leaves and greenery like rosemary, lavender or any ever green shrub/leaves you fancy! This pretty Evergreen bunting is just so pretty... can't wait to make some more!

via: http://apairandasparediy.com/2012/12/diy-evergreen-bunting.html
That's it... and to be honest it's actually less then 5 minutes but...hey who's keeping time right?

Saturday, 5 July 2014

As easy as folding paper!

With the school holidays quickly creeping up on us we're often left searching for alternative ways to keeping the younger members of the family entertained and engaged. If you'd rather have your kids learning a craft skill instead of sitting in front of an iPad or TV screen then this might be the book for you!
Not only is "Origami 365" perfect for your kiddos but it's also pretty fab for adults too. Believe me it's got tons of stuff that both I and my partner will be making. I'm already treating some fabric with wallpaper glue to make flowers for a festival headpiece. That project I will be posting very soon on the blog so keep an eye out for that!




In this book, Taro Yaguchi, founder of Taro's Origami Studio and master of the fold, shares his unique "Kyu" System with us.
Not dissimilar to the the colour coded levels often associated with mastery in the field of martial arts you'll successfully learn the basic folds and bases where you'll be rewarded with passage to the next level. You'll be an Origami Black Belt in no time... or actually according to the "Kyu" System you'll be an Origami Red Belt in no time!





Origami can be used as a way to reward your little ones too... complete a task, make an origami piece and get a star on the behavioural wall chart which is good news all round!
Now I'm no expert on child rearing but having 7 nieces and nephews I have had lots of experience when it comes to finding interesting ways to keep them engaged and off the naughty step!
Having so much free time and not always the best summer weather can prove a chore when it comes to keeping the younger individuals in the family happy and content. So what better way is there to keep them entertained then by making something both you and they will enjoy?
But it's not necessarily something you might want to use just as a "treat" it's also a really amazing thing to learn as Origami can help explore creativity, problem solving and promote patience. But lets move away from the kids' angle and look at the book as a whole...




This book contains a brief history of the ancient art of paper folding as well as 12 projects which are clearly illustrated and are easy to achieve without the use of complicated jargon, fiddly tools or expensive materials.
You'll also find a selection of specific key folds and base forms that provide a foundation for the development of origami skills ranging from "the book fold" to the "outside reverse fold". If that means nothing to you... fear not, it's all explained and you'll be talking like an Origami master by the end of that chapter.



The book itself comes in a lovely presentation box set which also includes 365 pieces of beautifully designed origami papers in three different sizes, hence the title... yup, you'll have enough paper to last a whole year. Though I'm not sure I'd keep to the daily quota it's definitely a book I'll revisit time and time again.
If you too would like to get your crafty mittens on this book then please order via us to get a very special offer:
To order your copy of Origami 365  (9781937994525) for £14. including p&p** telephone 01903 828503 and quote offer code APG171.   

**Please note that orders from outside the UK will incur an different p&p charge. 


And hey presto, lovely flowers!!!