A wonderful part of our job here at the studio is to get to know creative people worldwide who are paper lovers like us and who create stunning pieces out of this humble material.
Nikoletta Andreadi, graduate of a graphic arts and interior decoration school, runs her Studio AN in Athens, Greece and she was so kind to talk to us about her passion.
Nikoletta Andreadi: “Since I was a little girl, I loved handicraft. As I was growing up I started experimenting with different materials and I made various pieces of jewelry. (…) I had never thought about creating jewelry out of paper until one day while I was cooking, I took a piece of baking paper in my hands and started playing with it. I ended up holding paper beads in my hands. These beads became a necklace and I thus started the exploration of paper, handmade paper, paper twines etc.”
Nikoletta Andreadi: “With the handmade twines I now make, necklaces, baskets and various artifacts and objects. The world of paper is magical to me with infinite possibilities. The colours, its different textures and its processing is every time a wonderful journey for me.”
And of course there are always funny anecdotes with customers when your material of choice is paper:
“A lady bought a necklace but she couldn’t believe that it was made out of paper. After a long time I saw her at the entrance of my studio standing there laughing, and then she explained to me why: “I took the necklace home and despite your assurances I continued to believe that it is not made out of paper. So, I rinsed it with water but nothing happened to it. I thought it is not paper. I showed it to a friend and she agreed with me. We then tried to burn the edge of a twine with a lighter and it started burning”. She took the necklace out of her bag and showed to me the burnt edge of the twine. We both started laughing. “It’s beautiful and durable. I will not try to burn it again”.”
Visit Nikoletta’s studio in the heart of Athens (10 Panepistimiou Ave.) and find her pieces online and at the Benaki Museum.
Pictures by: Saturday Market Project, Baum-Kuchen, Kurts and PaperPhine’s own.
There might still be time for a present by PaperPhine under your Christmas tree and in your stocking. Thanks to our wonderful retailers worldwide you can also find our products in stores in 13 countries.
Find a complete list of retailers here.
You had no time yet to think about Christmas… well, let us give you 20% off your order to help you taking the first step towards a handmade Christmas!
Use coupon code XMAS20 for 20% off on your entire order in our shop, on Etsy and DaWanda.
Promotion runs until December 7, 2014
Minimum order: EUR 25.
XMAS20 promotion can’t be combined with any other promotion.
DaWanda Designmarkt Berlin: 29. & 30. November 2014
Alte Münze, Molkenmarkt 2, Berlin
Samstag, 29. November: 12-20 Uhr
Sonntag, 30. November: 10-18 Uhr
Gut zu wissen (Infos vom Veranstalter):
Die Hauptstadt ist mit dieser speziellen Location in Mitte das richtige Pflaster, um in vorweihnachtliche Stimmung zu kommen. 130 Designer werden ihre selbstgemachten Produkte aus den Kategorien Accessoires, Mode, Taschen, Baby & Kind, Wohnen und Vintage präsentieren.
Tolles Essen, Kinderbetreuung, DIY-Area und weitere Überraschungen warten auf Euch und Eure Freunde.
Am Samstag stehen Euch die Türen von 12-20 Uhr und am Sonntag von 10-18 Uhr offen.
Wie freuen uns – Hello Berlin!
Our latest find: a soft paper raffia / “paper ribbon” that is suitable not only for making baskets and bags, giftwrappings, etc. etc. but also to knit and crochet all kinds of hats.
Beautiful colorways, best quality (handwash and gentle machine wash!) – limited stocks.
Available in the online shop.
This bulky Paper Twine is perfectly suited for gift wrapping, weaving, basket weaving scrapbooking and a lot of DIY and crafts projects. You’ll be in no trouble to find projects and ideas to realize with our new bulky paper twine.
Now available in our online shop for only EUR 14 for a skein of 190 yards (175m) as an introductory offer.
anlässlich der werkschauen 2014 in den
vier werkstätten in München.
Freitag, 10. Oktober: ab 18 Uhr
Samstag: 11. Oktober: 11 – 20 Uhr
Sonntag, 12. Oktober: 12 – 18 Uhr
We’re going to Munich! vier werkstätten’s Karin Traxler invited us to participate in her special exhibition “paper” that will be presented as part of this year’s werkschauen.
During the werkschauen artisans and artists open their workshops and shops to the public – a wonderful way to meet the makers with a lot of additional programm going on. The whole programm can be found here (in German).
See you at the vier werkstätten, Fraunhofer Str. 20, 80469 Munich
Friday, October 10: 6 pm
Saturday, October 11: 11 am – 8 pm
Sunday, October 12: 12 am – 6 pm
As promised a couple of weeks ago we can finally show you the most recent results of our foray into papermaking and bookbinding: two fine, handmade books made of handmade abaca paper incorporating Shifu-type paper yarn.
Handmade Shifu paper yarns made of handmade, Korean hanji paper and Nepalese lokta paper (brown) lie between superthin and tranlucent layers of abaca paper. The covers of the books are bound in handmade abacca paper (white-natural) and Japanese washi paper (pink).
More new Paper Twine Bangles! Like the bangles we showed you on the blog last week these two pieces were made by Linda’s very patient Dad. It seems he is quite addicted and as he says himself he finds the possibilities and possible color combinations fascinating.
These bangles were made by continuous wrapping and finally glueing the paper twines together. The paper twines are stiff enough to keep the form but will still bend and be comfortable to wear. Compated to wire you have the big advantage that the paper twines will bend but will realign themselves and won’t stay “bent” and crooked as metal wire would.
Though there was no real summer this year in Austria a look outside confirms the suspicions: fall is coming! So it’s a good time to think about swapping the bright, summery jewelry (at least the jewelry can be bright even if the weather isn’t) for something a bit earthier – at least from time to time.
These two bangles were made by meticulously wrapping paper twines over found forms and self-built moulds by a very, very patient individual: Linda’s Dad (thanks, Dad!). The individual wrapping were then fixed in place with the help of some glue.
With these two pieces in my ever-expanding jewelry box fall may come!