The Dragonfly: Elegance in Flight

November 22, 2010 at 3:01 PM (crafts, dragonfly, paper sculpture, recycled) (, , , , , )

So I became intrigued with the cardboard tube stars/flowers/snowflakes I saw posted all over the web and tried to do some of my own.  These are some samples:

 

 

Star, Flower and/or Snowflake made with cardboard tube

 

 

 

The two larger ones are wrapped with fabric scraps I had left over, then covered with a semi-sheer fabric, and I coated the edges with glitter.  The white one is just painted silver around the outside and then I glued on some white lacy trim.

I kept thinking there must be other things I can make with this stuff, then – lo and behold! – as I was playing around with them, a dragonfly took shape.   But I didn’t want to cover the wings with fabric,  so I tried using the coiled foil designs I had used for the lotus sculpture.  These are a few of the results:

 

 

Cardboard and Foil Dragonfly Ornament

 

Asian motif red fabric and Gold mesh Dragonfly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The one on the left is cardboard tube frame with cardboard backing;  the fill for the wings and body is quilled foil paper strips, and the outside is foil wrapping paper.   The red dragonfly is ribbon-wrapped cardboard with kanzashi-folded red Asian motif and gold mesh fabrics; edges trimmed with gold cording.  On the back I used the same red fabric, but just glued it onto the frame and cut to shape.

 

 

Back of Red Fabric Dragonfly

 

 

 

Well, gotta get back to work.  I’m trying to finish a rush order, but needed a short break.  More next time.  Let me know if you like these.  And Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Paper Tales

November 16, 2010 at 2:39 PM (crafts, handmade, origami, paper, paper sculpture, recycled, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Okay, I’m not a treehugger — never have been, never will be.   That said, I do delight in nature’s clean fresh beauty.  Living in Bali has brought me a new appreciation and awareness of  my eco-surroundings, and inspired me to make better use (or reuse) of materials that would otherwise  contribute to our still semi-primitive waste disposal problems. Today’s post is basically just a few words and some photos about some of the crafts I’ve been working on within that context for my business for the past few months. I’d like to get some feedback and welcome any comments on these.  The first one is my Lotus sculpture:

Blue Lotus paper sculpture

Pink Lotus paper sculpture

My assistant, Nik, provided the inspiration for my Lotus when she presented me with her Yoga Meditation sculpture:

Nik's Yoga Meditation paper sculpture

Isn’t that awesome!  — she’s so creative.  But that wasn’t all…

We do mostly handmade Christmas items – ornaments, garlands, etc. – so Nik made these one day.

Origami Drops

We call them Origami Drops, and sell them in a 12-pack assortment.  They’re really cute, and have become quite popular.

Hope you like these little creations.  More to come.

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