In our increasingly digital age, paper-based arts and crafts have been experiencing a comeback. Quilling — rolling, bending, and affixing strips of paper into formed shapes — is one such resurgent art form, and the creativity by artists working in the field is nothing short of amazing.
For origami artists, a blank piece of paper suggests infinite possibilities: a fish, a pinwheel, a dragon, a box, an orchid. It's a transformative art where beautiful 2-D paper, folded just-so, becomes a 3-D shape, sometimes representative of an object or being in the material world like a crane and other times suggesting abstract images or shapes.
Did you know that you can mail a potato? Really, you can. And that’s not the only crazy thing that's 13 ounces or less that you can address, stick some postage on, and be moderately confident (hey, it’s the post office!) it will reach your intended recipient.
Let's go fly a kite! It’s hard to resist the call of a breezy day, which begs young and old to take part in that time-honored tradition of sending a colorful, dancing kite up into the sky, supported only by the “magic” of the wind. That desire to take string, paper and frame and set it aloft has been alive for a very long time — although historians don't quite agree on just how long, or who sailed the first kite.
Learning how to fold a paper airplane is a childhood rite of passage that has, for several generations now, been passed on from elder to younger as a way to stay entertained with just a single sheet of paper. There are books on the subject — The World Record Paper Airplane Book is a good one — and just about anyone can make paper airplanes that glide, loop, turn, dive and do all sorts of crazy tricks.
Welcome to our new blog — and our new site! You’ve probably noticed that we like paper — a lot. And it’s not just your everyday office paper that gets us excited, although we like that too. It’s thick paper and thin paper, linen and vellum, paper in all the colors of the rainbow and in sizes big and small.