Papercuts for The Bard.

romeoandjuliet_kevinstanton9Some people say that print is dead, but I’m not buying it—probably because I am buying books, and so are plenty of other bibliophiles. However, I do think publishing is changing, and one way I can see it adapting to the digitization of the writer word is through making books that aren’t disposable, that aren’t simply a collection of characters, but rather objects worth owning (and collecting). Plenty of publishers, both the big guys and the indie players, are releasing special edition copies of the classics that are straight up gorgeous. I’ve written about my adoration for the Barnes & Noble collaboration with typographer and artist Jessica Hische a few times before (enough that my mom took note, and bought me a box set for Christmas last year), but today I came across a new object of literary lust: Sterling Publishing’s Shakespeare collection, as illustrated by papercutting genius Kevin Stanton.

hamlet papercutJust look at Ophelia! It’s lovely and bold and sharp and fluid all at once. From what I can tell, the books have different color palates, from Hamlet‘s dramatic navy and red to the vibrant yellows of Much Ado About Nothing. If funds weren’t an issue, I would buy them all right now—especially Hamlet, because I’ve always had a soft spot for that faker.

Stanton_MA9Check out more of Stanton’s work here.

Not your grandma’s needlepoint.

Screen shot 2013-02-26 at 8.24.19 PMStephen Campbell makes sassy embroideries (prints for sale here), which I freaking love. It’s awesome whenever anyone subverts “women’s work” or “folk art” and shows how transgressive, beautiful, and straight-up artistic it can be. Embroidery requires WORK, you know? Not to mention skill and an eye for color and design and… yeah. Art isn’t just made with oil paints, and that’s freaking rad.

Also, I had a no good, very bad day today, so Campbell’s print is making me thirsty. But you know what we have on top of the fridge? Maker’s. Inspiration strikes!

{Found via Style Carrot}

Two Nice Things.

1. Amazing paper flowers by Thuss + Farrell. While paper flowers are always my favorite (anything made of paper, really), their entire website is really inspiring. I adore the still-lifes, especially the images of food (and the makeup, which almost looks good enough to eat!).

2. Photographs of famous photographers with their famous photographs. Really fascinating images from Tim Mantoani’s book Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends. While I honestly don’t know much about photojournalism, it’s still really cool to faces behind iconic images—like The Tank Man of Tienanmen Square or the portrait of the Afghan Girl from National Geographic. But my favorite one? Mary Ellen Mark.

Gift Guide

This “Cloche With Babies” costs $395. I could totally DIY it.

Here’s what you’re getting, according to the Restoration Hardware site:
Mounted on posts and arranged beneath a glass cloche, vintage forms from a doll factory make a striking sculptural statement.

  • 28 industrial doll forms, reproduced in resin and mounted on metal posts
  • Displayed beneath a tall cloche of hand-blown glass with a solid wood base

If I owned this, I would sit around in a huge leather chair, thumbing through my copy of The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death while staring pensively at my baby-filled cloche.

You Would Need The Smallest Scissors


Here’s the most beautiful thing you will see today: Aoyama Hina‘s papercut art. I don’t understand how human fingers could make something so intricate. It makes my x-acto knife fumblings look downright pathetic. More here.

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In attempts to up my internet game (and add some more stuff to my resume), I have started teaching myself photoshop. Sure, my skills are pretty rudimentary, but yesterday, I made my first collage. And here it is: All I Want for Christmas! my awesome visual xmas gift list. For myself.

We Started an Etsy Store!

After almost a year of discussing it and planning it and generally procrastinating, Sara and I finally did it: We started an Etsy shop! We decided to call it “Getting Handsy.” Though we don’t have a ton of merchandise yet, it’s going to be a great excuse to continue our weekly (semi-obsessive) crafting sessions. It also gave me a chance to show up my new (elementary!) photoshop skills; I made the banner!

Over the weekend, I bought a sewing machine, learned how to use it, and made myself a piece of clothing. Well, when I say “I” did these things, I mean I made my mom help me with every single step. But now that I know how to turn on/thread/stitch with my new piece of equipment, I think her work here is done(ish). I’m planning to do my next project totally without help, which means I’ll be choosing something easy, like an elastic waist skirt (for the love of god, nothing with zippers!).

Also shown here: My summer uniform. Plaid shirt, messy hair. Good thing I don’t have a “real job” to go to—people seem to expect bloggers to show up to everything in mumus or sweatpants, so I like to consider myself overdressed for most interviews. That’s totally a thing, right?