Category Archives: fashion and style
May 28, 2013
Jewelry designer student Petra Bognar’s series of riveting paper jewelry concepts, which were a warm-up project she derived from classic jewelry, are a sight to behold. The combination of brilliant color and wild shapes are breathtaking to say the least.
all photos via Behance
Mar 25, 2013
pictured above: paper bead jewelry
Shops like Happy Piece, whose name is derived from wanting to “create ‘happy’ goods that wove together a ‘piece’ of the lives of [their] artisan’s lives” truly make the world a better and happier place. They’re in the business of beautiful handcrafted accessories and empowering Rwandan women to rise from poverty. Read the full story about the company and their cause.
The prettiness isn’t limited to beaded paper jewelry, though, so if you’re looking to start a collection of colorful woven pieces (or looking to expand an existing collection), head over to Happy Piece and shop away.
all photos via Happy Piece
Jan 16, 2013
We’re tickled pink to share these papercut diamonds by artist Sarah Louise Matthews, whom we featured recently in our holiday guide. We might or might not be humming Rihanna’s famous “Diamonds in the Sky” as we share these beauties. The papercut card is dazzling and we think the paper diamonds (for donut rings) would be a smashing hit at a wedding or an engagement party, wouldn’t you agree?
Pop over to Sarah’s shop for even more paper cut inspiration.
all photos via Sarah Louise Matthews
Oct 15, 2012
The latest issue of Sister Magazine is out and, honestly, founders Toni and Thea get more and more creative with each issue they release! Issue four features an origami paper crane dress that will leave you breathless. I’m happy to announce the lovely ladies will be featured in our upcoming holiday guide.
Thea sent over a handful of photos of the beautiful dress and she’ll be sharing a behind-the-scenes look on the Sister Magazine blog soon! With makeup and styling by Denise Fickert of Book Your Look and photography by Ashley Ludäscher of Chasing Heartbeats Photography, dress was constructed by Evi and Thea Neubauer, who were inspired by DIOR Couture 2007.
Hop over to Issuu to have a look at the latest issue of Sister Magazine, laden with loads of inspiration from cover to cover.
all photos by Ashley Ludäscher for Sister Magazine
Sep 26, 2012
Costa Mesa, California-based 31 Bits has an elegant line of paper wedding jewelry. Our favorite? Tough decision since they’re all lovely with a side of lovely, but if we had to narrow it down to a desert island bracelet, we’d go with the Shadow Knot bracelet. All of the pieces in the collection are pretty versatile and can be worn on casual and formal occasions besides weddings, too.
We’re big fans of 31 Bits and the incredible work they’re doing in Uganda to empower women and rise above poverty. Learn more about what they do and check out their latest fall line, too, which was recently featured on The Fresh Exchange.
all photos via 31 Bits
Sep 18, 2012
(pictured above: Octal earrings by ljlh designs)
I’m excited to share our first interview since our relaunch! Ladies and gents, we have Libby Hampel, owner and designer ljlh designs where she sells unique artistic paper jewelry. My favorite? Libby’s Brolly brooch (which so happens to be her favorite, too). I love the fun and contemporary colors in the piece.
Today Libby will be sharing about herself as a creative and the story behind her shop.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve always been into art. My mom is also an artist, so I come by it naturally. I am an only child, so as a kid I was always trying new things to keep myself occupied. The one consistent creative track that has always been in my life is jewelry. While jewelry making has always been in my life, my BFA is Textile Design. I did take metalsmithing in college as an elective, and loved it.
(Necklaces by ljlh designs)
Tell us a little bit about your shop.
My website is a labor of love. In its current form, it has been around for about 2 years. I take the photos myself and also design the website. I’m too picky to have someone else do my site and take the pictures, so I figured I would do these things myself. I did the Etsy thing for a while, but I felt like my jewelry needed its own home. I wanted people to focus on my work, not be tempted to look at others. If you have your own site, the only jewelry they are looking at is yours.
Right now my favorite piece of jewelry is the “Brolly” brooch. For some reason it holds a special place in my heart.
(Brooches by ljlh designs)
Can you share a little bit about your creative process?
My main process is experimentation. I will sit at my art table and cut and fold paper in different ways until I come up with a design I like. I’m not the type of person who goes and finds inspiration from other places. My inspiration is different beads and findings and papers. Between that and my creative mind, thats mostly how I come up with my designs. I’ve never been the type of person to sketch out ideas. Occasionally I will. I’d much rather work through ideas in a hands on way. I think my artist statement can fully give you an idea of my process.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Someday I would love for jewelry to be my full time gig, but for right now I also have a regular job. Jewelry is something that is done on my days off and in my spare time.
(bracelets by ljlh designs)
Who and/or what has been the most influential in your craft?
It has been and is the support of my family and friends. They are positive and encouraging, which means a great deal to me.
What’s one fun factoid about yourself?
I’m an only child, grandchild, and niece. And no I’m not a spoiled brat. :)
all photos via ljlh designs
May 8, 2012
Behold the magical paper jewelry of Paper Memoirs, an Etsy shop created by artist Wansena Spearman who resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The items in the shop spark wonder and are the sort of thing I’d suspect book lovers and librarians to wear around their necks.
Check out a few of my favorites from the shop:
- Figure 1: Paper book necklace pendant
- Figure 2: Necklace pendant
- Figure 3: Book pendant necklace
- Figure 4: Heart necklace pendant
all photos via Paper Memoirs