Hanna Nyman’s Gardens of Paper

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Hanna Nyman is a Swedish artist and product designer whose beautifully hand constructed paper works are a world onto themselves, a world of light and gardens overlapped with fanciful patterning.

Hanna began in screen printing on textiles as well as print design and one of her first major paper projects included a magnetic wallpaper with three-dimensional flowers growing out of the pattern, shown at Stockholm Furniture fair. After graduation she worked as a print designer in fashion for several years. Working with paper came naturally to Hanna, her own father was a printer, and the floral themes draw from time spent with her grandmother a florist.  The artist’s ongoing sculptural paper series Back to Poetry was a turning point for her and led to a focus on paper art.  It was pleasure to interview Hanna about her creative story and project!

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Art as poem, poem as art, tell me more about this relationship and way of working?

This idea was actually born at art school when we did our final project for graduation. All the lecturers and professor during the years had described my work as poetic. I never really understood what they meant so I decided to get inspiration from a poem for this last project and figure it out.

This was so powerful to me! The poem that I chose lived with me those month. Every time I read it a found something new about it.

My work is narrative rather than functional. Poetry is also narrative – a feeling.

Tell me a bit about your process, inspiration, conceptualization, experiments, and what types of paper and materials do you use?

I always start my day with a quick look through Instagram and get my dose of inspiration straight away. I get the most energy when I look at artists that work with different materials or have a different style. I also find interior design very inspiring.

I usually get really inspired by the colors and hand feel of the different papers in paper shops. Normally I don’t have a clue of what I will make when I go in there but when I go out my mind is full of ideas.

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I almost never draw any sketch before I start to cut. I have a picture in my head and I just make up as I go along. It’s very liberating and experimental for me to work like this. I use different types of paper. Thick, thin, newspaper. Once I made huge pieces for a client made out of garbage.

This is what’s so amazing with paper. It’s flat and boring at start but if you put some effort into it, it can become something amazing.

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Did you make art as a child? Can you tell me more about your training and background?

I made all kind of arts as a child. Mostly I used to paint on stuff and make my own doll houses and small furniture out of cardboard. I was also into wooden crafts in high-school. We had a really nice workshop with all the machines and material plus the best teacher. So I spent most of my time there. After high-school the plan was to keep on study furniture design. But somehow I moved to London and started study fashion design. I moved back home after a year and after a couple of years all I did was make clothes until I realized that it was the decoration that appealed to me, not the clothes themselves.

At this point I started to study at Konstfack. I was accepted as a “special student”, and that meant that I could use the whole school, every department however I wanted. This was perfect for me as I had a background in different materials. When I think about those years i still think this was the most creative place I’ve ever been and it was just wonderful. It was at this time I started to work with paper.

Not many people have seen the flowers and sculptures in real life.

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Why florals? Are there specific traditions you refer to in painting, textile art or illustration you find yourself drawn to?

My grandmother was a florist. I remember growing up visiting her at the shop. I sat on the counter and just looked at all the beauty. Maybe that’s why I always been drawn to flowers. When I was working a lot with all-over prints my favorite was always making big colourful florals.

If you would describe your vision and style in a few sentences what would you say?

I use my paper sculptures as illustrations. A big part of the final result is the photography. It gives me the chance to set the tone and feeling to the picture. I like to keep the colours a bit toned down together with black and a splash of a strong color. A dream would of course be so show them somewhere in the future to the public in some way.

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You may learn more about artist and designer Hanna Nyman’s beautifully constructed paper spaces and gardens on her website, shop or via Instagram @backtopoetry

Beautiful Pairings -How To Make a Duvet Cover

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Urban Outfitter’s Duvet Cover -imagine making something similar using fabric sourced from a thrift store for the front, and a beautiful cotton contrasting pattern for the back? I absolutely think you could make something like this out of an old salvaged tablecloth….

If you are craving that perfectly curated Pottery Barn Kids duvet cover with the scrumptious fabric combos you can totally replicate these looks with the beautiful selection of designer fabrics on Spoonflower, see something you like, and they show you the pairings so you can design your own reversible duvet using sets from the designer series. 

 

 

Fabrics designed by Judy Quintero and Little Arrow via Spoonflower

 

As promised, here are my instructions for making a simple duvet cover from queen or king flat sheets or fabric. You can make your own for half the retail price or less, and it’s fairly easy to make a cover from two different pieces of fabric if you are trying to save money and want a reversible option!

 

Here is a lovely example of the two sheet project, via Tamar at Nest Decorating.

 

Supplies

  • Approximately 12 yards fabric machine washable cotton or cotton linen blends (you can use two queen or king flat sheets too)

  • 8-10 Large Buttons

  • Thread

  • Tape measure

  • Sharp Fabric Scissors

  • Flat Pins

  • Chalk

  • Sewing Machine or if you find you like stitching as a Zen activity stitching needles and thread.

  • Iron

 

Spring Friends Rainfall Fabric via Spoonflower

 

Preparation

  • Before you buy fabric or select sheets to use, measure your comforter

  • Lay out the fabric and if needed trim selvedge edging (finished sections).

  • Lay out front by putting larger panel in center, and two smaller panels on each side

  • Measure to make sure this will fit your comforter with some room to shrink in wash and allow you to easily insert the comforter, typically an additional 1 inch wide, and an additional 2 ½ inches for the seam allowance and hemming.

  • Repeat for Back

 

Fabric by Charlotte Winter

 

 

 

Fabric by Esther Fallon Lau via Spoonflower

 

 

Rae Ritchie for Birch Organic Fabrics, courtesy of Fabric.com

 

Let’s sew!

1. Sew side panels to your center panel using the French seam method: reverse side placement, ¼ inches, finished on both sides, trim away excess. (See here for great instructions step by step for French seams)

2. Sew Front to Back: Place front and back sides, and top, leave bottom as is, for now.

3. Hem the bottom by folding about 1 inch of fabric inside, pressing with an iron, fold up an additional 1 inch outside and iron, use pins to secure.

4. Use machine to stitch the interior and exterior folds.

5. Adding buttons every 8 inches, I suggest using the button hole attachment on your machine, make sure you measure the buttons precisely, and you are done.

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Winter Fabric

DIY Last Minute Printable Valentine Wrapping + Cards

 

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Blogger Laurel has put these minimalist yet adorable paper wrapping patterns on google drive! She’s so nice! You can see more gorgeous pictures and fun ideas on A Bubbly Life as well.

To make Laurel’s paper flower wraps you need the files, card stock paper, double-sided tape, and your printer.

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Looking for last minute Valentine cards for your kid’s class or even your classroom? We love these creative and affordable animal + printables from Sarah M Style, thank you so much Sarah! Download the PDF – wildaboutyou-sarahmstyle.  

 


 

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Minnieco can always be relied on for amazing designs and tons of freebies, loving this trendy black and white patterns, great for the techies in your life!

Download the PDF – heart-wrap-from-minieco-co-uk

 


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And more from Minieco Just because it’s pink and I love watermelon patterned anything. Xoxoxo

Download the PDF –watermelon-wrap-from-minieco-co-uk

 

 

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Mod Floral Wrap courtesy of Sarah Hearts, so delightful! Plus you can now look very thoughtful and not last minute in your gift giving.

 

Download the PDF –mod-floral-gift-wrap-by-sarahhearts

 


 

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Great cards via Sweet Muffin Suite -Muffin Grayson watch out you might fall in love with all the pretty stuff this designer makes….

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7 fun + easy ideas kid’s home craft, art + science activities

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Craft ideas for seven days a week….This blog is dedicated to a friend who has recently found herself at home full-time with a very active and smart toddlers/ preschooler. Use basic household materials, easy accessible and affordable art supplies, recycled items and found objects outdoors.

The great thing about the nature based activities is you can spend time outdoors finding your materials, and your child can collect stones or twigs, flowers and weeds, take along an egg garden to fill up!

 

1. Nature Paint Brushes: A Gathering Game…….

 

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This can eat up time, get your little one out and engaged, and allow you fresh air too! Make it game! Come home, eat lunch and make your brushes and get ready for messy painting!

 

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2. Kitty Cat Recycles

 

My number one tip is prep your space and materials to prevent toddler spread, aka making your home look like it’s been ransacked. For example, for this super car and boat terrain made on crafters or builder’s paper draw it the night before, and have your children fill in the colors. Get playing!

 

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3. Craft Paper DIY Play Terrain

 

Preemptive planning keeps the tantrums away, or in the very least to a minimum! Discover some inexpensive stimulating activities to do with a preschooler, or primary school age child.

 

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4. Easy Dino Crown for Imagination Play

 

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Make a dinosaur hat…..via cutting tiny bites, a great site with realistic projects and lots of home school activities that can be easily intergrated into your day even if you do not home school.

 

5. Make some bugs…

 

I am the first to admit that crowd control is essential to making crafting time successful in your home, e.g not creating colossal messes with supplies. A great way to manage this is to keep some of the supplies put away, and bring out just what you need for each project. This allows for the child to easily follow the directions as well. For free drawing, of course we always leave out paper and supplies, but a limited amount! Trays work great for each child in any case.

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Make bug pages (via cuttingtinybites)

 

 

6. FRAME IT UP!

 

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7. The Sea Ocean Bottle Activity:

One of my favorite activities is beautifully outlined and designed on the creator’s site, and involves reading an educational eco-system book narrated by the Cat in the Hat and creating your own sea creature populated realms ! It involves water so it is sure to be a winner for the under 8 set.

 

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curated by kids: duvet cover fabric diy ideas

A few of our favorite fabrics for making duvet covers, simply use one solid colored sheet with one sheet of these great fabrics, wonderful step by step directions via craftsy

or here at Design Sponge!  and of course, Martha has a video 

This post courtesy of me, and my six year old. Curated by Kids Series. Next guest curator will be Charlie who only likes girly things, but will pin you down if you take the last cookie with her pre k wrestling moves.

 

Michael Miller Wee Wander Woods Turquoise

Michael Miller Wee Wander Woods Turquoise via fabric.com

 

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Helen Dardik fabric 

 

'Seigaiha Wave' Motif Furoshiki Cotton Japanese Fabric

‘Seigaiha Wave’ Motif Furoshiki Cotton Japanese Fabric

 

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Sweet Autumn Day Collection, via Little Cube

 

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Avril Loreti, Cloud 9

 

HomeTenuguiCotton Gauze Blue Whales' apanese Tenugui Cloth

Cotton Gauze Blue Whales Japanese Tenugui Cloth, Kyoto Collection

 

 

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Little Cube Studio

 

 

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Art Gallery Hello Bear, Oh Hello Meadow via Fabric.com

 

 

Timeless Treasures Unicorns Aqua

Timeless Treasures via fabric.com

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Seven Islands Runaway Bunny Pink

 

Curated by Rosalina + Bianca (age 6)

trending style -art & decor embroidered hoop pictures

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Caitlin Benson, Cinder and Honey

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Sarah K Benning

 

 

The delicacy, graphic flair and beauty of handmade hoop embroidery has long held my attention and now has been making the front pages of various blogs and style magazine. Here are a few of my favorites …..because i like small hand sewn things..

 

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Caitlin Benson, Cinder and Honey

 

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Molly Projects, Via Molly Makes Issue 56

 

 

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Caitlin Benson, Cinder & Honey

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Sarah K Benning

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