Quick! Where are My Scissors & Glue?!

Thursday July 24th, 2008, 6 years, 4 days and 2 hours ago

EDIT: The Paper Chase has now closed.

Trips to the post office are not normally this thrilling… The response to the Paper Chase has been huge – 19 parcels of paper so far, & more to come. Hooray! Here’s what I picked up this morning…it was like Christmas Day opening them all!

I’m obviously going to be very busy making collages for all the participants, so I’d like to ask people to be a little patient. I’m devoting my evenings & some of my weekends to the Paper Chase so I can post back everyone’s collages as soon as possible!

I’m just amazed & really really moved by how great you all are! I hope I can do this project justice by making collages everyone’s happy with! Thank you!

Karena

Still Chasing Paper…

Sunday July 20th, 2008, 6 years, 1 week and 21 hours ago

EDIT: The Paper Chase project has now closed.

I am absolutely floored by the response I’ve had to The Paper Chase. I’ve already received 6 packages – 5 of them arriving super-fast from the US.

This project means so much to me, not just because I love paper (& I do love paper!), but because it’s enabling me to make contact with so many amazing artists & art-lovers, & I’m just so touched by people’s generosity & kindness. This is going to sound ultra-corny, but I really feel connected in the warmest, fuzziest way through this exchange – this is what art’s all about. A big thank you to everyone participating in The Paper Chase!

As you can see, I’ve posted tantalising shots of the packages I’ve received so far. I’ve made an extra-special photo gallery just for The Paper Chase where I’m uploading pics of the bundles as they arrive, as well as the finished collages I make to send back.

These parcels of paper pleasure were sent by Mandy in NSW, Peaseblossom Studio, Smoobage, High Desert Diva, Rosa Murillo & Shaving Kit. Thank you!


Karena

Who Knew Paper Could Be This Exciting?

Tuesday July 15th, 2008, 6 years, 1 week and 6 days ago

Well, actually, I knew…& I’m not the only one out there with a serious paper fetish. I’ve kind of lost count, but we’re up to over 50 participants in The Paper Chase now (from 7 different countries), with over 10 people already having shipped their packages. I’m excited!

Melissa from Crab Apple Designs kindly emailed me a photo of the wonderful package she’s sending, so now of course, I’m extra excited! Thanks Melissa, I can’t wait to receive your amazing parcel of paper joy – I hope I can do it justice & make you a collage you’ll be happy with!

Karena

Paper Chase Continued…

Sunday July 13th, 2008, 6 years, 2 weeks and 22 hours ago

EDIT: The Paper Chase Project has now closed.

Wow!!! The Paper Chase Project has exceeded my wildest expectations – not that I actually had any expectations really, it was kind of a spur of the moment thing.

So far, I have 44 people (from 5 different countries) who’ve expressed an interest in participating, & 8 people I know of have already posted their packages off! That’s potentially a lot of collages I’m going to be making, but please don’t be discouraged by that if you were thinking of taking part – I’m expecting the arrival of the packages will be spread out over a manageable time period, & I’m up for the challenge!

I’m really amazed by how many people are eager to join in, & how incredibly kind & generous they’ve been. This is shaping up to be a lot of fun!

If you’d like to participate in the Paper Chase, you can find out all about it from my previous post, where I’ve given all the details, my postal address, etc. I’m asking people to enclose with the packages their online details (along with their return address of course), as I intend to post regular updates on my blog & link to everyone who takes part. There’ll be photos of the packages as they arrive & I’m also posting pics of the finished collages. Yay!

A big thanks to mega-talented artist Gemma Jones for mentioning the Paper Chase on her blog, & hi to all my blog visitors from Argentina who’ve found me via Diseño Club, who’ve made me the Feature Link of the Week!

Karena

The Great Paper Chase

Thursday July 10th, 2008, 6 years, 2 weeks and 4 days ago

EDIT:  The Paper Chase Project has now closed.

I’ve been busying myself making new small-format originals for a mega-update of my Etsy shop & thought I’d list the first four pieces yesterday & then post about them here in my blog this morning – & guess what? They all sold overnight! Hooray!!

So, I thought I’d show you what I’ve been working on anyway…  I’m really interested in making these collaged geometric patterns from vintage paper lately – I’m quite happy with how they’re working out. It’s so satisfying to take a piece of dusty, forgotten paper, deconstruct it, & give it new life.

What interests me is how once you take a printed image out of the context of its completeness by cropping it into tiny details, you’re prompted to look at it with a new objectivity – each little piece of paper becomes quite enigmatic & beautiful. Then to integrate it into this pattern that has so much depth & detail…it’s really satisfying!

I love the mellow colours & textures & the way the patterns emerge. I try not to be too rigid with dictating what goes where, but I do like to try to create a sense of balance & harmony.

I have a few different designs in the pipeline, but the size & complexity of each one is limited by the brittleness of some of the paper & the fact that I hand-cut them all – in large quantities. It’s tempting to get a digital diecutter to extend the scope of what I can do, but there’s something nice about them being a bit wibbly & flawed. Sitting there snipping away has given me something to do in those moments where you just want to zone out & watch trash TV or engage in some chit-chat or something.

And now, to this…

Please continue reading…

Karena

More Bits of Dusty Ol’ Paper

Wednesday June 25th, 2008, 6 years, 1 month and 3 days ago

Look at all the paper goodies my friend Mark bought back from a secondhand market for me! I can’t wait to draw & paint on it & snip it all up & make collages. Is it weird to get so excited about bits of old paper?

In other news…my Heart Attack greeting card appeared in a Treasury on Etsy’s front page the other day. Thanks to The Letter V for featuring me!

I’ve been busy working on a new painting, as well as making some collages for my Etsy shop, & also printing packaging for buttons, magnets & keyrings, so I’ll have some new things for sale soon & some special goodies for my next giveaway. Don’t forget, to be eligible for the  monthly giveaways, you need to be a subscriber to my mailing list!

I’m also extremely excited about a Gocco exhibition that I’ll be taking part in later this year.  Stay tuned for more details!

And the Winner Is…

Lastly, the winner of my little collage giveaway is Kelly Rinehart of Purple Lemon Designs. Her prize is in the post & making its way to her letterbox!

Karena

Rummaging Pays Off Yet Again!

Monday June 9th, 2008, 6 years, 1 month and 2 weeks ago

Well, I set my alarm for an indecently early hour on Saturday morning (& promptly snoozed through it) because it was the opening day of an annual secondhand book sale, held every June long weekend, that I never miss. Arriving an hour later than desired with two friends, we set about struggling through the dense throng of rummagers in the hopes of getting our grubby hands on some coveted treasures.

Side note: Coincidentally, the three of us were wearing fair isle jumpers (or sweaters, if you like to call them that) & so inadvertently set a new book sale trend. We’re thinking next year everyone will be resplendent in fair isle, but by then we’ll have moved onto houndstooth or paisley or something.

These book sales are brutal. Secondhand book collectors are a particularly aggressive breed. After jostling through the masses, feverishly (& rather possessively) stooped over trestles piled with dusty books, I finally unearthed a few bargains that made the struggle worthwhile. Actually, it was my friend Mark who found this little beauty for me.

Karena

My Passionate Love Affair…

Saturday May 31st, 2008, 6 years, 1 month and 4 weeks ago

…with paper continues… I’ve just given myself blisters from cutting hundreds of little paper shapes for a new collage I’m making. Someone needs to invent scissors with fur-lined handles.  Fake fur of course. After cutting (what seemed like) the 40 billionth shape, I started fantasising about buying a digital die-cutter, but for this project at least, part of the fun is in hand-cutting the paper.

I really do love paper & ink…I hope my passion for them shows in what I do. The finished collages, which are bases for paintings & prints, are just so tactile & lovely. The blisters are (almost) worth it!

Notice anything different? Take a look at the top of my left sidebar…pretty spiffy, eh? Turns out Julian Lievano (of Heart-o-Matic fame) is not only the Evil Knievel of glass blowing, but the Steve McQueen of coding too. He made this nifty little gallery widget especially for my blog. Thanks Julian, I love it! :)

Anyway, toodle-loo for now! :)

Karena