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Debbie Wigglesworth’s Paper Journeys

This month Paper Princess Debbie Wigglesworth highlights some recent collaborations from the world of paper.

Into The Fold One of my favourite gifts that I gave at Christmas was a copy of the newly published book, The Origami Home by Mark Bolitho, which features beautiful miniature furniture projects in a variety of styles, from Shaker to Scandinavian and from country to contemporary. In his latest book, Mark (a leading light in promoting interactive folding experiences and chair-person of the British Origami Society) provides step by step ‘how to’

guides. And wonderfully, in collaboration with leading pattern designers Jane Churchill, Little Greene, Malabar and Mini Moderns, the book is accompanied by a collection of delightful papers that can be used to create the origami furniture pieces.

Above: The Origami Home by Mark Bolitho, published by Jacqui Small. Left: Mark Bolitho with one of his creations.

Wall To Wall No stranger to collaborations, interiors company Mini Moderns is set to work again with paper artist Rob Ryan following their successful first wallpaper project together, entitled Our Adventure Is About To Begin. The latest wallpaper collaboration, inspired by Rob’s delightfully whimsical and profound book 'A Sky Full of Kindness', has just been reprinted following a complete sell out after being featured on Kirstie's Vintage Home TV show and also featured in the book of the series.

Adding More Joy One of my most recent work projects involves a collaboration with The Art File and creative maestro Joy Butler, which is literally ‘hot off the press’ and will be launched at Top Drawer this month. Joy's lifelong love affair with storytelling, appreciation of vintage book illustration, as well as beautiful paper and print processes is celebrated in the creation of Once Upon A Time - an exquisite collection of 18 greeting card designs printed on tactile board and finished with a deep emboss to give the essence of a vintage book plate. Joy and I have been close friends for many years, and she was part of the phenomenally successful Story Cards by Henry Butler (of which Joy was co-founder) that led the way for many of today’s hand- finished greeting card companies. It is my absolute pleasure to be working with Joy (on her return to the world of greetings) and The Art File.

Above: Joy Butler returns to the card trade with a collaboration with The Art File.

Above: Our Adventure Is About To Begin wallpaper by Mini Moderns in collaboration with Rob Ryan.

Islington Or Bust Visitors to the recent Bust Magazine Christmas Craftacular at London's Islington Metal Works, not only had the chance to see some of the UK’s best crafts people’s work, but also had the opportunity of purchasing a specially created hand-signed screen-printed giftwrap created in collaboration with leading contemporary paper-cut artist Rob Ryan, costing just £5.00 a sheet! It’s great that The Bust Craftacular (NYC's oldest craft fair and now with satellite events in LA and Boston) has travelled across the Pond and includes events in London, with paper art helping to make it all the more memorable.

Above and left: Rob Ryan’s giftwrap for Bust Magazine Christmas Craftacular.

The Elfridges Emporium I loved the recent collaborative activity between department store Selfridges and some companies to make its Christmas ‘shop’ on the 4th floor of its iconic London store really sing. It was great fun to visit the Belly Button Designs’ personalised Christmas card area of the emporium last month. The Belly Button team really brought a touch of sparkle to the floor of this formidable luxury retail giant by personalising Christmas cards for Selfridges’ customers in front of their very own glittery eyes! And all on delectable paper of course! I have been working as a business consultant with Belly Button Designs over the past two years and this latest collaboration with Selfridges highlights the continued growth and development of the Belly Button brand, as well as a celebration of paper and emotions. The innovative and youthful spirit of Rachel Hare and her company is a constant inspiration. Even today as it is approaching its 21st year in business the company continues to be a force to be reckoned with. And, as the Selfridges card personalisation event worked so well, it’s good to know that the Belly Button team will be back delighting Selfridges’ customers once again during the run up to Valentine’s Day in the fragrance hall, and Mother’s Day, alongside Selfridges’ florist.

Above: The joy of personalised cards were brought alive by Rachel Hare, founder of Belly Button and her team in Selfridges last month.

To contact Debbie email and twitter is @paperpassionist PROGRESSIVE GREETINGS WORLDWIDE 37

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