Colossal 2018 Top Post

The most viewed post of 2018 on the Colossal art website was an article about paper memo pads that excavate objects as they get used.

Produced by Japanese company Triad, the blocks are composed of over 100 sheets of paper with each leaf being different from the next as they stack to form rectangular blocks.

Click here to read more and see a block being used.

Each block is laser cut, I couldn’t imagine doing that by hand!

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Get your head into paper projects in 2019 !

There’s a whole lot of good stuff for lovers of paper, cards, journaling, book making and more at the upcoming Sydney Stitches & Craft Show.

Today we are highlighting companies and individuals that we think might be of particular interest to our members and others with a leaning towards paper arts.  Click on their names to get more information.

Michelle Lackenby has always been obsessed with pushing the boundaries of art and design within the realm of paper and bookbinding.

She is offering mini-workshops on her stand each afternoon.  So brush up your skills and try making paper flowers, create a leather-bound journal or turn your hand to Japanese book binding.

Natalie May is passionate about papercraft and has made it her full-time occupation.  She loves to teach and share her passion for creating scrapbooking layouts, cards, mixed media layouts, paper-based layouts, art journals and abstract canvas art.

Webmaster note: I did a mini workshop with Nat last year.  Her paper and colour-mixing techniques give spectacular results.  Visit her stand and be inspired by her personal art journals on show. and Kaszazz both have stands and will be demonstrating a range of paper arts including stamping, die-cutting, applying colour to surfaces and  more.  Kaszazz are also offering a hands-on DIY project entitled “Cards of a different fold’. Book on their stand.

Have a wander through the show and you’re sure to come across other interesting exhibitors not featured here.

For more on the Sydney Stitches & Craft Show and others coming up around the country click here.

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DIY paper lamps

Looking for an original way to light your home?  Or perhaps a unique gift?

These paper lamps, designed by OWL in Lisbon, Portugal, are fun, but are also intended to raise awareness about wildlife whilst simultaneously recreating the animals in a playful and abstract manner.

Click here to view their Etsy shop and range of wildlife lamps.  It looks like they also take special commissions.  So be creative and choose your own!

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Cut paper illustrations by John Ed De Vera

Multidisciplinary designer John Ed De Vera builds cut paper illustrations that jump off the page, inviting his audience into the minds of deep-sea divers, astronauts, and long distance runners.

To more deeply immerse viewers in these imagined worlds, he creates depth and shadow by layering cut pieces of paper.

The Philippines-based designer first traces each element out on bond paper. These shapes and designs are then transferred to thick paper that is cut and stacked into colorful arrangements.

You can find more of his sculptural illustrations, on Instagram and Behance.


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Edible Blooms

By Webmaster:

Three of my favourite things; anything to do with paper (making, colouring, folding, printing, etc.), chocolate and champagne.  So imagine my delight when I received a surprise present containing all three yesterday.

The company responsible for making these lovely arrangements, Edible Blooms, have created a fun concept around floral bouquets that are cleverly put together.

Each flower type has a narrow dowel stem with a plastic ‘holder’ at one end designed to clasp different shaped chocolates.  Some, as you can see, are then wrapped in tissue forming soft shapes enabling the blooms to be crowded together.  In my bouquet the feature star-shaped chocolates are surrounded by printed stiffened thin cardstock.  And, of course, nestled in amongst them is a surprise bottle of champagne.

What a lovely way to give flowers, and ones that don’t need watering and won’t die after a few days.  However, in my case, they probably won’t last longer than fresh flowers as I can’t resist already sampling the blooms!

Here are a few of their other bouquets that I particularly like.

So if you’re looking for a paper related gift to send this Christmas these might be just the thing.

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Sue Bradshaw: Recent work

The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability (the Coal Loader) is the face of sustainability at North Sydney Council.  Located on the Waverton waterfront, the Coal Loader is a place to relax, be inspired, grab a coffee or lunch, and learn.  It’s also a platform for the delivery of a wide range of sustainability programs and a location where people can  be inspired to make change for sustainability in their lives.

Images clockwise from top left: Coal loader platform, parks & walks, Studio space, community garden, community nursery, coal loading tunnels.

This venue is a community meeting point and hub for Council’s extensive range of environmental and sustainability programs and a site with an interesting history as an ex-industrial coal bunkering site on Sydney Harbour.  It has been transformed into a place which displays best-practice sustainable technology, community gardens, native bush nursery, food gardens and regenerated parklands.

Our member, Sue, has recently produced some works on paper reflecting many of the elements of the coal loader site and her artist statement, accompanying these pieces, reads:

My work responds to the history of the Coal Loader and the integration of its rusting industrial elements with the textures and colours of the sandstone and bush that are integral to the beauty of Sydney Harbour.

Hence I named my artwork “Intersection”, responding to the coerced intersection of rust, decaying and bleached timber, sandstone and faded paint with the unassailable strength of nature, expressed by the tenacity of plants emerging from cracks.

 My handmade paper provides a background of natural fibres that brings out the best and the worst of this site and the impact industry has on nature and how it will always prevail.

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North Sydney Council Art Prize: Finalists announced

We are delighted to announce the following members of Primrose Paper Arts have been selected as finalists for this prestigious art prize.





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