Sarabande Treasures

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A Love Affair With Paper

Posted on 21 July, 2020 at 14:00

I LOVE paper. I love the look of it, the feel of it and the vast possibilities it offers me. From the top shelf of my bookcase I extract an old volume from the vintage and antique collection that resides there. Ah, the scent of an old book whose smooth pages are buff with age is intoxicating to me. And so, there is the bookcase filled with printed paper and then there are the shelf loads of papers that I have amassed over the years and still continue to collect for use with my greeting card passion. I guess the minute I could put crayon to paper I was drawing and then creating cards to give family members for the various special occasions sprinkled throughout the year. My parents kept every one! Here's a sampling, which never fails to make me smile.

Creating greeting cards has always been a pleasurable pastime, as there are always new materials to be discovered and fresh ideas to explore. It's not just the papers that inspire, it's the sheer joy of using felt pens in dazzling colours, ribbons, rubber stamps and a whole host of embellishments to create something which is truly unique. It really is a form of play that I seem to have kept alive since childhood. Even more satisfying is sharing this creativity with the recipient of the card. It's great fun to personalize greetings by choosing just the right image, quotation or even colour scheme.

Today I continue to create paper greetings for friends and I also sell my creations here in my studio. Any occasion, any style (I have to say I am partial to vintage images and themes) can be found on the large card spinner that sits behind my work table. I feel certain that my traditional mode of conveying greetings will never make way for electronic Christmas cards, birthday greetings etc.   Beautiful as these cyber creations can be, my form of expression will continue to be a little paper trifle that arrives neatly sealed in an envelope. Guess I'm just a traditional girl at heart, hopelessly in love with paper!

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