Friday, February 21, 2014

PaperLove Blog Hop and the 'Spirit of Paper'

Paperphilia is organising a PaperLove competition and blog hop and as you can imagine I can't resist taking part. The PaperLove Blog Hop will be a celebration of all things paper, read more about it here.
So to begin to get in the PaperLove mood yesterday I visited an exhibition called 'The Spirit of Paper' at the Palazzo Barolo in Turin. It showed over 300 pieces of origami with additional short films, workshops and fun interactive exercises to accompany the works of art. It could'nt have come at a better time and below you will find some of the photos I took
Very traditional animal forms but wonderful just the same!

I quite fell in love with this pineapple!
Fabulous fox!

There were many traditional origami pieces featuring animals and insects, I particularly loved the little mouse and his pineapple, and this fabulous fox
Colourful and fun.


I was very surprised to see so much colour and use of patterned paper. Modern origami uses both, a lot of the forms were created by folding up to 5 sheets of coloured paper at the same time, just mind boggling!
... more pattern

... and more pattern!
The exhibition is housed in the dark brick cellars of the fabulous Barolo Palace in the centre of Turin, a spectacular and suggestive place to admire these wonderful paper creations! The photograph below is taken at the entrace to the palace where a gigantic version of the classic origami Crane takes pride of place among the historical elegance.
Gigantic origami Crane

I already have a PAPER board on Pinterest but I think it will be getting a big boost from now on as I am looking for paper inspiration everywhere. I hope that these photographs may inspire you too, especially if you are taking part in the PaperLove project, see you soon with more paper loveliness!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A 'peek' from Pinterest

I find myself spending more and more time on Pinterest. It can be considered a little addictive although a very useful work tool which fills me with inspiration. To justify all this time spent 'pinning' I have now decided to post a few of my pins from selected boards which I use as research for current projects I am working on.
Missoni for San Pellegrino
Mount Franklin Lightly Sparkling by Akira Isogawa, and, Christian Lacroix for Evian

Developing new concepts for a completely new product, how exciting. I can't say who it is for or what product it is. I can only share all the lovely packages I have found and you can maybe guess what product packaging I am working on, a fruit drink, mineral water, a facecream, who knows?
U Hydration by Moxie Sozo
Perfumes and creams by Library of Flowers
So please enjoy my first 'peeks' from Pinterest. Check out my board 'PATTERNS ON PACKS' to see all of the packaging I have pinned as research for my new project.