24 posts categorized "Paper play"


LN_16 Part ll


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A month on and the Long Night of the Museums discoveries have been processed and explored. It was a beautiful and insightful journey. 

Commencing from the floating wooden platform of Manifesta ll, Jill and l watched a series of short films. A collection of stories bringing together various local professions and artists - compelling in topic in conjunction with the artists' individual visual approach to story-telling.

Moving on through-out the evening, we amusingly found ourselves falling down a rabbit-hole via a set of charming book illustrations by Zurich-born artist Hanny Fries, complimented by a live musical performance, extracted from the classic novel Alice-in-Wonderland...this was duly followed by a colourful ride on Moroccan carpets at the Museum Bellerive - striking in textile medium and traditional craftsmanship! 

A few tram stops later, we mused over many an art piece at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv ..."Thinking Outside of the Box"  happily led us to the outside bar to enjoy a colourful drink and engaging conversation under the twinkling stars and fairy lights.

To round off our long night, we slowly made our way up to the Kunsthaus to view the retrospective on the diverse works of artist Francis Picabia. 

In the wee small hours, Jill and l happily concluded that a visual feast for the creative mind had been fully enjoyed. Food for thought indeed. 

*Visual Investigations images: © 2016 Elizabeth Hitchman


Snippets from a new sketchbook


l was recently given a beautifully hand-crafted sketch-book with crisp white pages. To me, these pages excitingly appear as a blank canvas in which l can play, collect and create visual stories.

l tend to start at the end of the book, as well as the beginning, meeting in the middle - l find this process entices the page to maintain a balanced level of visual interest throughout.

Beginning this sketch-book just a few weeks ago has generated a new creative space for the many layers of clippings that l have collected over time. In this posting l'd thought l'd share an artwork piece of a bookmark which l designed to compliment a book gift, and the opening end pages of my new sketch-book.

ln years to come, l feel it will be fun to look through ... catching a glimpse of inspired conversations, ideas for design projects, exhibitions visited with family and friends, or simply a lovely reminder of visuals that caught my eye.

*Please feel welcome to click on images for a magnified view :)


Cut and 'paste'.


With an accomplished background in textile and interior design, Denise Fiedler has successfully expanded her exploration of textures to a creative project called 'Paste'. Re-discovering in 2009 vintage books and flashcards which she had collected over a number of years, Denise came up with the idea to turn these new-found materials into handmade cut and paste collages.

l happily browsed through the visually enchanting 'paste' collection, and my eye was drawn to these cleverly contructed paper gems - Marie Antoinette looking most regal yet playful with a couple of colour birds nested in her hairpiece, a beautifully constructed typewriter reminiscent of a bygone era. And a beady green-eyed tabby cat along with a friendly-faced terrier waiting patiently to be adored.

l have a mixed-breed dog called Rupert, and with my love of paper-play, it would certainly be a joy to see him make the 'paste' dogs and cats wall of fame.


Welcome to Flow - an exhilarating paper playground



l was introduced to the creative charms of Flow by artist friend Sandra Ondraschek, who on a trip to Edinburgh wrote, "I thought of you as I picked up a copy of 'Flow' (magazine) and wondered if we had talked about it?". lt was early morning when l read her e-mail, yet l felt immediately compelled to discover this sparkling jewel for myself...

Pure delight swept over me as l set out on my journey and explored my first port of call - the Flow app. Smiling to myself, l read the editors note to the tapping sound of the typewriter - just lovely! The attention to each (imaginative) detail was a wonderful start to my design day!

Founded by Creative Directors, Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst, Dutch-based Flow magazine celebrates its fifth anniversary and l have a feeling it will continue to flow for many more years to come. 

Published eight times a year and with a recent international launch, (English copy being published twice a year) Flow is a visual feast, offering inspiration, insights and solutions for paper lovers. A paper playground which brings enjoyment to me on a daily basis, especially since purchasing the Flow Weekly Notebook, and the delightful 'Book for Paper Lovers'It's pure joy to plan my agenda, write letters and cards utilizing these two gems as a source of visual creativity. 

Welcome to Flow, a gloriously vibrant hub of paper innovation, a positive energy field which lights up the path of inspirational creativity!

* Photographs: 'Flow Book for Paper Lovers' by Elizabeth Hitchman


Dot-to-Date your way through the year



What a wonderful way to spend the calender year, plotting your way through British made 'Dot-to-Date'a playful piece, designed by Dan Usiskin. Each design takes a well-known London landmark and invites you to join the dots in your choice of medium. Perhaps you may feel inspired to brighten up Nelson's Column with an array of coloured crayon derived dots, or for the tactile stitcher, weave colourful threads to join up the dots on the London Eye?

l like the idea of taking an object which helps navigate our schedules, and customizing each month with a moment of creative expression. This calendar will surely enrich the working space.

Dan tells me that due to the global success of the Dot-to-Date London Edition, he has plans in the artistic pipeline to create a World Edition...watch this space...


No.37 Rockstar

In an earlier posting, you may recall that l waxed lyrical about the intricate paper sculptures from Japanese Terada Mokei's Architectual Model Accessories Series.

And so l was thrilled to recently receive an update from Terada Mokei, introducing their latest model - No.37 Rockstar, which will be released on 1st October. In fact it proved to be a rather timely mailing, as on the exact same day, l attended the much anticipated Zurich Openair to watch one of my favourite bands headline on the second day of the festival. 

On a concert setting note, this particular model captures all the drama of a rockstar with its carefully chosen choice of colours and minute attention to detail.

How joyous to see music reflected in paper form. A perfect combination!


l love Paris in the springtime, l love Paris in the fall...



How charming to travel through beautifully paper-made Paris!

This exquiste parisian delight was created by artist and designer Joel Henriques - founder of 'Made by Joel' Set up as an art & crafts platform, 'Made by Joel' encourages us all to explore the playful process of creating.

'DIY Animated Walk Through Paris' and 'Paper City Paris' are wonderful examples of how one can simply print out templates, cut & paste a city together, making it come alive via imagination and interactive story-telling. As part of the series, there is even a travel-size version, which fits rather snugly into a mint box - perfect for amusement en route.

l warmly invite you to explore 'Made by Joel' ... look out for the 'Café Wire Sculpture' and the colourful 'Paper Circus Rider Toy'.

Happy paper play!


A typographic wonder

With a pencil, ruler, compass point, stacks of paper, along with a steady hand, Australian based designer and artist Bianca Chang guides her blade, to produce what can only be described as works of pure paper wonder.

Taking typography as the subject matter, Bianca hand plots and cuts stacks of paper to create 3-dimensional typographic compositions forming beautiful patterns and in-depth shadow play.

l feel intrigued by the unique concept of cutting stacked sheets of paper in such a way that allows letterforms to be transformed into fascinating sculptures.

It's surely a wonder to see the paper medium in all its purity, being treated with such typographic artistic flair!


A snowflake waltz


Upon discovery of this beautiful snowflake transparent paper, and much inspired by the enchanting score of 'The Nutcracker' (Act 1, scene 9 - Waltz of the Snowflakes) composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, l felt compelled to create a snowflake tea-light piece for Christmas...

l have fond memories of watching the Royal Ballet light up the stage with their outstanding performance of this magical tale at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.

And so, l'm truly delighted to have the opportunity to reflect on my memories with this paper play creation.

Warm wishes for the holidays, and creative joy for 2012!


Creating a visual voice = playtime


I've been creating "visual ideas" sketchbooks for quite some time, and l thought it would be fun to share some of my tactile books with you on my online sketchbook - Looking Glass.

l tend to start visual thinking in my head, which then leads me to carve out my visions onto paper via my A5/A6 sketchbooks. l have started to see my sketchbooks as a journey - a space in time that evolves with the development of ideas, yet leaving a colourful reflection of a "moment in time".

It's always exciting to start a new fresh book with bare crisp white pages, as l never quite know the direction l may go with my thoughts, and the vibrant forms that start to take shape never ceases to give joy in my quest to quench my creative thirst.

Whether it be a textured piece of paper, a tactile cut of fabric, a charming illustration that perfectly fits a visual that l am creating, or the written word that matches the mood, for a vision that is taking form in my mind...l have fun playing around with concepts, giving them a visual voice that l eagerly seek as an artist/designer, yet generating a long-lasting piece of "pictorial happiness" for the intended recipient is truly the reflective objective.

Such playtime makes my soul sing.