zsazsazsu: Red rochet paper twine necklace and the same technique but with a cotton yarn (blue)
“Handmade jewelry with a crochet twist” is Sandra Vanden Broucke’s motto who sells her jewelry under her label zsazsazsu. And quite a twist there is!
Sandra’s pieces are so very fascinating because she loves to experiment with different materials and therefore it’s possible to the different results that can be achieved when using the same technique but a different yarn. While Sandra’s material of choice are fine silk yarns she’s also working with cotton, wool and of course paper yarns.
zsazsazsu: Brooches with titanium needles – crochet in paper yarn (natural color) as well as cotton and silk yarns
Find more of Sandra’s jewelry in her online shop – it’s filled with fun pieces with a certain twist that will be steady companions throughout the day but also grace any outfit during an evening out. The latest experiments and insights into Sandra’s work process can be glimpsed on her blog.
zsazsazsu: Necklace made of combination of fine merino wool and finest paper yarn crocheted over a fine steel wire with lots of patience.
Finally: PaperPhine on Instagram… all about life in the studio, our coffee addiction and everything else…
The last snow in Vienna has disappeared and it smells already like springtime… so we thought it was about time to introduce you to our new paper raffia colors: yellow (sunshine!), dark green (new leaves soon to come!), magenta (joy!), blue (sky!) and red (well, always good).
Available in our shop and on Etsy.
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