paper sculpture : concarta studio

Posted: June 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, paper, weddings | No Comments »


Gwen Barba started Concarta Studio in 2010 to offer paper sculpture and decorative object design for custom clients. Her designs are pleasingly clean and fresh with added elements like watercolor to enhance her paper-cutting skills.

Cake toppers, art, display pieces are among the various types of creations she provides to her clients. Contact Concarta for a custom commission.

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(*via Ritzy Bee)

we love this place : claire brewster

Posted: June 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: art, handmade, paper, places | No Comments »


Claire Brewster hand-cuts maps to portray birds in flight in a series of beautiful art pieces, as in the above example titled We love this place.

Below, The secret we are seeking.


Enjoy the rest of the collection.

(*via Fubiz)

new workshop ! june 21 in portland, or

Posted: June 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, design, handmade, paper, paperfinger, portland | No Comments »


Hey west coasters, I’m co-hosting a workshop with the super-talented Precious Bugarin for a two-part experience on the afternoon of June 21st. Hope you can make it!

Learn modern calligraphy from me + how to make and assemble classy paper goods for your special event with Precious. (She is a master at elegant and modern paper construction for menus, programs, guest books, you name it — very cool stuff. I’ve taken a workshop with her in the past and enjoyed it immensely. She currently teaches graphic design and designs invitations, brands, and books in her Portland studio.

Saturday, June 21st from 12:30-4:00 pm

514 NW 9th, Portland OR 97209

$98 per person

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In our 3+ hour workshop you’ll learn:

  • How to use classic tools of calligraphy; nibs and ink
  • Techniques for beautiful writing and Paperfinger’s favorite methods
  • Best methods for preparing your calligraphy for printed wedding or party materials
  • How to make lovely + simple formats for your menu, guest book, program or favors
  • How to source paper and fun extras for your project
  • Best paper construction methods

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Snacks provided by M. Robin Cakes!

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Please contact Precious Bugarin at
or Bryn Chernoff at

Register here.

paper flowers come to life : caitlin & tanner’s wedding

Posted: May 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: handmade, paper, weddings | No Comments »

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The bride, Caitlin Watson Boyes, and her mother teamed up to create these fantastically-large paper flowers for her wedding in California last July. Such incredible creations — and the scale! They used butcher paper and spent months creating these beautiful blooms that covered the reception area. Photos by Jessica Peterson.

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linen bento bags : ambatalia for quitokeeto

Posted: May 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: handmade, home, things | Tags: | No Comments »

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What an elegant, simple solution. Linen Bento Bags (3 for $38) can be used to store grains, gifts, knick knacks, snacks, whatever you choose. Easily washable and reusable. Approximately 10″ (wide) x 4″ (deep).

Made in California by Ambatalia and sold by Quitokeeto.

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watermark collection : deborah osburn

Posted: April 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, home | No Comments »


Deborah Osburn of clé released this month a new collection of tiles, the Watermark Collection.

There are a range of color-ways available and each tile has a unique design inspired by Japanese dying techniques — “dip, stroke, stain and wash with authentic indigo and gold verdigris pigments…dreamy, meditative, and wildly dissimilar- please expect every one of the tiles from this series to invoke the unique individuality of its namesake- watermark.” Inspiring!







(*via Design Milk)

lee coren : printed textiles

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: apparel, design, handmade, things | No Comments »


Israeli textile designer, Lee Coren, uses her own screen print designs or photographs to create this line of textiles — scarves and bags mostly. The pieces range from $25-100 and ship from Israel worldwide. New collection coming soon.





(*via Pattern Observer)


creative clothing rods : annaleena leino

Posted: April 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, home | No Comments »


What a cool solution. The Swedith interior stylist, Annaleena Leino, made this hand-forged iron cursive clothing hanger for her home. She’s considering producing them — I vote yes!

She makes a few other clothing hangers for retail with similar structures but in a variety of shapes, pictured below as well.






(*via Veda House)

hand-thrown ceramics : mazama

Posted: April 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, home, portland, things, wedding gifts | Tags: | No Comments »


Clean designs and appealing colors from the Portland, Oregon ceramics company, Mazama — made by a team of designers and makers. Pieces pictured range from $30 – $65. Browse their online shop.




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streamschool (patakiskola) : by péter vácz

Posted: April 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: art, design, handmade | No Comments »

Streamschool (Patakiskola) from Péter Vácz on Vimeo.

A beautiful little poem of a film titled “Streamschool,” made with fabric animations by Hungarian artist Péter Vácz.

(*via Children’s Illustration)