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“Paper has a great future”

 

Little did I know when I wrote my first paper-related post recently, that this would turn into some kind of mini-series.

I could not resist posting this old but amusing advert which celebrates the joy of all kinds of paper, and am indebted to my dear friend Liz W for sharing it in the first place.

I increasingly find myself resorting to ‘analogue’ options – preferring ‘real’ books over e-books and keeping a paper diary/bullet journal, for example.

Sure, our devices are great and I would not want to be without them.  How else would I write this blog, after all?

But for me, the thought of a paperless world is as bleak as a world without colour #HaveMyCakeAndEatIt 🙂

 

Continuing on my paper trail

 

Paper Artist Peter Dahmen

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart”

~ William Wordsworth

You might have noticed from my recent posts that I seem to have become slightly obsessed with all things paper.

It is partly a symptom of the way in which information comes to us these days.  Anything viewed online links seamlessly to other related material.  This is both useful and scary.

It has, however, presented me with yet another form of paper creativity – the magic of pop-up art.

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Bunnies, Frogs and Life’s Little Nudges

Regular readers might have noticed that I have had a bit of a ‘blogging lull’ in recent weeks.  It goes like that, doesn’t it.

What I love about life is the way in which it give you a nudge to get back to things/start new things every now and then.

I was walking past this lovely shop a couple of days ago on my way home.

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More Paper, More Birds

Isn’t it funny how, when you start to engage with a topic, related pieces of interest flood in all around.

Following my recent post about paper aviarys, an e-mail newsletter from Creative Boom landed in my in-box.  The first item in its list?  This article about the work of designer and paper-crafter, Lisa Lloyd, featuring this wonderful paper blue tit, which she created for the Waitrose Magazine:

Copyright Lisa Lloyd (Lisa Lloyd.net)

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A Brace of Paper Aviarys

Birds are among my very favourite things in life.  I love to watch them going about their business, totally focused on what they need to do.  I adore hearing their various songs, picking out specific species from the throng.

Birds are a classic model for mindfulness.  One of my favourite lines by Eckhart Tolle is:

“look how the bird doesn’t think….should I jump from this branch to the next?…the bird just jumps..”

Being around birds is good for the soul.  They don’t even have to be real.  I would love to check out the Paper Aviary installation at London’s St James’s Market.  Over 100 paper birds?  Yes please!

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What Is Literature For?

A belated Happy World Book Day 2017 to everyone!

As an avid bibliophile, I love anything which promotes and celebrates the value of reading.  But, some may ask, why on earth should we care about books?  Surely life is too busy to fit in reading on top of everything else?

In other words, what is literature for?

Check out this short clip by The School of Life which answers this important question.  It is pretty quirky to look at, but the underlying messages are interesting and relevant.  Listen without the pictures if need be! 🙂

Celebrating the building of Scotland’s new design museum

 

“The long, long dialogue between earth and the water”

~ Kengo Kuma, architect

Something wonderful is happening in Dundee, Scotland.

Not just the building of a new design museum, but the creation of a remarkable and unique art space.

In this short film, we learn about the intricacies and cutting-edge techniques that are being used to develop the first V&A museum outside London.

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The beauty of art: where the web comes in to its own

Here is Scotland we are lucky to have a wide range of fabulous art galleries to visit.  This does not, however, stop me drooling over the thought of visiting other leading galleries around the world.

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