Category : Paper

Last minute deals

So I’m really trying to be good. REALLY.

Dangit – why do I keep getting Emails about end-of-year sales? Well, maybe some of your got cash for the holidays instead of fudge.

Volcano Arts is having a progressive sale through tomorrow, December 31st. If you’ve never heard of Volcano Arts, then you’ve been missing out. Christine Cox, owner of Volcano Arts, has been selling bookbinding supplies for the last seven years. Her website offers an amazing array of supplies for bookbinding, metalsmithing, and leather work. You can even buy books in sheets and bind them as you wish.

If shopping isn’t really your thing, then why not check out her Idea Center, chock full of inspirational tips and techniques. Last, but not least, Christine teaches some nifty classes. I’ve been trying to figure out how to swing a trip to California so I can attend her week-long Book Technic.

Here’s the scoop on the sale:

  • Spend $50 or more and save 5%
  • Spend $100 or more and save 10%
  • Spend $150 or more and save 15%
  • Spend $200 or more and save $20%
  • Spend $250 or more and save 25%

Oh how I love Paper Mojo (check out this gushy post). Now through December 31st, get 20% off your entire purchase when you use coupon code jinglebell during the checkout process.

Paper Source is also having a big fat sale on lots of cool stuff, including decorative papers.

As I mentioned, I am TRYING TO BE GOOD. Mostly because I’m leaving for New York City tomorrow for New Year’s and I’m hoping to take a detour here during our trip. My hubby is trying really hard to hide his dismay.

43,000 ribbons. Drooollllll……

The Paper Place and their rocking giveaway

Pile of Chiyogami papers

Sakes alive, that’s a lot of dreamy paper.

Mine mine mine please.

Everyone is talking about this giveaway…but can you blame us? The generous folks at The Paper Place are giving away a super fat sample pack, which includes an 8.5″ x 11” sheet of every Chiyogami paper they carry – 637 patterns in total with a retail value of $1911.

You can enter the giveaway on The Paper Place’s website.

If you’ve never worked with Chiyogami paper (a.k.a. Yuzen) before, it’s just fabulous. I’ve often referred to the stuff as the butter of paper – it just behaves so well.

Compliant paper makes me happy.

The Paper Place is located in Toronto, Canada…luckily within driving distance for me. In addition to their fabulous Chiyogami selection, they also offer workshops, art & papercrafting supplies, and gift items. You can even shop online if you can’t tolerate a trip out of the country. So if you don’t like what you got for the holidays, now you know what to do – return that crap for cash and go shopping for paper.

Not that I’d ever do that…

Supplier Rave – Paper Mojo

Paper Mojo Let’s get the obvious out of the way – how could one not like a business that uses the word mojo in their name?

There’s a lot to like about Paper Mojo:

  1. They have a great selection of some of the most fun papers I’ve encountered. And I’ve encountered a lot of paper in my time.
  2. Their prices are reasonable.
  3. They have sales (appeals to the bargain-hunter in me).
  4. They get new designs in on a regular basis.
  5. They have great customer service.
  6. If you click on “see larger” next to a paper on their website, you’ll get a pop-up window that shows the scale of the prints with a ruler. So very handy.
  7. I get to say mojo. Mojo mojo mojo.

I’ve been buying from them for about 2 years and have always been happy with my purchases. And now, getting back to #3 on the list above, Paper Mojo is currently running a sale – 25% off holiday prints. Included in the sale are some very cute prints from Whimsy Press, Snow & Graham, and Elum, which are all acid-free. I’ve used papers from Whimsy Press and Snow & Graham before and they glue well.

While you’re on their website, check out their clearance section. I recommend the Reminiscence Papers by Debra Glanz – fun patterns and easy to work with.

Happy shopping!


Hollander’s 8th annual internet sale

Hollanders logoStarting tomorrow, Hollander’s will be holding their 8th annual internet sale. The sale lasts from Thursday, October 23 through Sunday, October 26.

Where is that wish list of mine?

All orders get 10% off and an additional 5% on orders over $250 (discount not applicable to custom cutting orders or workshops). If you spend over $100, you’ll get a $10 shipping credit if you ship via UPS Ground (in the continental U.S.).

If you’re looking for ideas on what to buy, you can’t go wrong with any of the Keith Smith books. They’re hard to come by used and are almost never discounted when new. I think I’ll finally get the sample book of Japanese bookcloth. I’ve had my eye on it for a while. It looks like their selection is somewhat different than the Japanese bookcloth at Talas. Does anyone know for sure?


Vermont North by Hand

Vermont autumn foliage

I love Vermont this time of year. If there’s one thing that never ceases to amaze me, it’s the colors of autumn foliage. I am guilty of driving at an irritatingly slow pace, staring out of my car window like I’ve never seen trees before.

Of course, I’m also guilty of cursing under my breath at people who do the same thing when they’re in front of me in traffic. Especially if I’m late for work.

The timing couldn’t be any better for a studio tour and Vermont North by Hand is doing just that this weekend, October 4 – 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The drive in this area is beautiful – I drove into East Topsham last weekend to buy paper from Richard Langdell, one of my favorite paper makers/masters. I make several trips a year out to his studio and showroom (which is truly drool-worthy). Richard’s studio is stop #13 on the tour and if you’re even remotely near the area and love paper, then you must make a visit.

As an added bonus, you get two artists for the price of one when you visit Langdell Paper. Stop #12 (at the same address) is Sarah Green, Richard’s wife and owner of Mountain Ash Design.  Sarah uses many vintage and repurposed fabrics in her work, which includes aprons, billfolds, quilts, and my personal favorite – pot holders. Only she calls them HotHolders™. She has the best slogan ever: Because you’re not the only thing in the kitchen that’s hot ™. Love it love it love it. Sarah is what I would refer to as a Beefcake Textile Specialist – meaning that she features fabrics printed with hunky men in her work. Who wouldn’t want a studly half-naked man in their kitchen? Well, now you can have that with Sarah’s work.

If you can’t make it to her studio during this weekend’s tour, you’re in luck – the Mountain Ash Design Etsy store is open for business.

Studio Place Arts exhibit – Leave a Paper Trail

Today I took a trip to Studio Place Arts (a.k.a. SPA) in Barre, VT for the last day of Leave a Paper Trail. SPA promoted the show as one “that exposes the versatile and beautiful qualities of paper.” I had intended to go much sooner than today, but, well, you know how that is.

The SPA Gallery is one of the under-appreciated jewels in central Vermont. I am certainly guilty on this count. Every time I go in there, I am not disappointed. And the shows are just the right size – not too big to digest in one visit.

One artist who stopped me in my tracks was Nancy Cook. Nancy had several wall pieces in the show made of incredibly detailed cut paper arrangements. One landscape was so lovely that I couldn’t believe that it was made of paper. I’m not sure what I thought it was made of, but I couldn’t process that it was paper. She also had floral arrangements made from cut paper that were so detailed that I was convinced that they were made of fabric.

I did a Google search on Nancy and found out that she has been working in paper since she was three years old (was I even potty-trained then?). She has an angel ornament in the permanent collection of the White House.

Her work has been included in Paper Art: The Complete Guide to Papercraft Techniques and Art of the Scrapbook: A Guide to Handbinding and Decorating Memory Books, Albums, and Art Journals, books by Diane Maurer-Mathison. I also found out that she’s a board member of the Guild of American Papercutters, which I didn’t know existed. I also found this biography about her online. Basically, I learned that she’s rather nifty.

I hadn’t really thought much of paper cutting before, as my exposure had been limited to the traditional Scherenschnitte, which really doesn’t appeal to me. Nancy’s work is much more free-form and sculptural than I would have expected from paper cutting. I appreciate having had the opportunity to see someone’s work and have my world opened up a little more.

My trip to New York Central Art Supply

I have just completed the first half of my summer vacation. I won’t bore you with the details, other than to let you in on something valuable I learned during my travels – it is quite possible to lose your passport within 1 hour of landing at your destination. And your cell phone. And your husband’s passport. Enough said.

So here I am in Holyoke, MA – the night before day 1 of my Julie Chen class. As I sit here on my lappy, the Tour de France is playing on the television. Life is good.

Exterior of New York Central Art SupplyWhile in NYC during the past few days, I was fortunate enough to achieve one of my paper geek goals – I made a visit to New York Central Art Supply. I had been hearing about this place for years – lots and lots and lots and lots of paper. Just when I feared that I had finally hit a vacation without a possible paper purchase (no paper in the Virgin Islands, meh), my streak remains intact (you can read more about my vacation paper streak in this post).

I was prepared to do some very unnecessary spending. I had great hopes as I walked up the narrow staircase to the second floor where their paper department was located.

Once I got upstairs, I was greeted by very loud Sex Pistols music. There were three sales staff located behind a desk, talking amongst themselves. No one said hello to me. This is one of my biggest peeves. While I do prefer to shop without being pestered, I like to be acknowledged upon entering a store. It’s good manners.

I don’t like to be cranky when I shop for paper. This makes the spendy feelings go away. It makes me even sadder when I lose an opportunity to get paper geeky with someone else. I was forced to browse their paper selection in silence. Meh.

[wipes a tear away]

Then I saw the sign that said something along the lines of the following:

We only take out paper for people making purchases and not for those who just wish to view it.

HUH??? So I can only look at it if I agree to buy it?

Then I saw the next sign:

Go ahead and talk on your phone in here. It’s not rude.

Now I’m not a fan of people talking on phones in stores, but geez. If you’re going to say that, you might as well put up a sign that says: Just put your money on the counter and go home.

So, on to the details. Prices are a bit less than what you’d pay at Kate’s Paperie (which is within walking distance from this location) and the selection is bigger. They claim that if they don’t have the paper, then it doesn’t exist. Well, I did find a number of papers at Kate’s that weren’t at NY Central.

Their paper samples are attached to large moving panels on the wall – they’re basically mounted like a big book and you turn the pages to see the samples (like those poster display thingies). This setup makes it hard if more than one person wants to look through the samples. When you move one of the panels, you risk smacking someone further down the wall.

They also sell bookcloth, but you have to ask to see the sample book because it’s not out on display. Their bookcloth prices compare to Hiromi Paper and their selections are almost identical.

I finally walked out with some paper and 2 yards of gold Japanese bookcloth. As I made my purchase, I got no smiles from the woman who helped me. Another peeve.

To sum it up: if you are in NYC and are dying to see the place, go for it. If my visit was typical, then do not expect any assistance while in the store. I did hear them answer questions from some shoppers, but they weren’t exactly friendly. You’re best off knowing what you’re looking for in advance. If you’re someone who needs a lot of hand-holding, then this is not the place for you.

Would I go back there? Probably not. And I like to shop at independent businesses. But if you can’t give me a reason to come back (good customer service), then I’d rather shop online.

Interview in Seven Days is out!

Last week I mentioned that I was interviewed by a reporter from Seven Days, a Vermont independent newspaper. This past Monday, I met with a photographer at my studio to take some inventory and action shots.

Waiting for the newspaper to come out today was unbearable. I went to a local distribution spot several times before I finally snagged myself a pile. The article is also available on the Seven Days website.

If you scroll down to the end of article, you’ll see a picture of me. I didn’t have any work in progress at the time of the photo shoot and the photographer wanted a picture of me working – I had to unbind a book so I had something to work on during the shoot. Let me admit up front that I do NOT like having my picture taken. That said, I really like the picture that accompanies the article. My hair is sufficiently non-wacky. I have a decent smile. I’m not dressed like a shlub.

However, the best thing about this picture is that it looks like my studio is located in a spaceship – and yet somehow, I look normal. I have no idea where that weird glow in the background came from. The photographer did not set up any strange lights or attach bizarro lenses to his camera. I do not work in a microwave. It’s just weird. I want my studio to look like that all the time.

On another note, I’m leaving in 38 minutes for my summer vacation. I should be wrapping up my packing, but I couldn’t resist squeezing in one more post. July 7th will be the first day of my 5-day workshop with Julie Chen at the Garage Annex School, which I talked about in this post. I hope to take lots of pictures during the workshop and will try to write a post every day about the experience. Unless I spend all waking hours making stuff.

See you in July!

Craftcast (a.k.a. get your butt in the chair…)

When I work in my studio, I usually have iTunes playing one of the following five things:

  1. 80’s music. I am a total new wave freak. My favorite station is Radio Nigel (note: no longer exists).
  2. If it’s Saturday or Sunday and between the hours of 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., I listen to The Playground on WERS. What can I say, I am a fan of children’s music – it’s just so darn cheery. Love love love Disney musicals.
  3. If it’s Saturday or Sunday and between the hours of 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., I listen to The Secret Spot, also on WERS. Gimme some Aretha and I’m a happy duck.
  4. My “100 Songs”. After a song ended once on the radio, the deejay remarked that he’d put the song on his list of 100 songs for a desert island. Ever since, I’ve been obsessed with compiling the soundtrack of me. I’m almost done – I have 91 songs selected to date (I’m actually listening to this right now).
  5. Last, but not least, I listen to Craftcast.

Craftcast is a weekly podcast hosted by jeweler Alison Lee. Alison interviews professional artists, authors, television personalities, among others. She has interviewed artists working in a wide variety of media including polymer clay, jewelry, and fiber. I find her interviews to be so inspirational – you are given the opportunity to hear about another artist’s creative process – their struggles, triumphs, and their quirks.

Why artists do what they do.

After each podcast I feel so…understood.

Her podcast from June 2nd was particularly enjoyable. Alison interviewed Diane Maurer-Mathison, a fabulous paper artisan from Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. Diane has written a number of books, including Art of the Scrapbook and The Art of Making Paste Papers (I have both of them). She talked with Alison about her newest book, Collage, Assemblage, and Altered Art.

I could so identify with her as she talked about having to save every single scrap of paper because you never know when you’re going to need it (hey hubby, are you listening?). Or when she talked about her paper problem (it’s not a problem if it doesn’t bother me, right?). So all you paper junkies out there (who, me?) – if you’re looking for validation, this podcast is for you.

You can subscribe to Craftcast for free through iTunes and each new podcast will be automatically downloaded for you each week.

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