10 Artists, 1 Paper – Stitched Paper Couple #1 by Judith Pudden

October 4th, 2015

I am thrilled to bring you the first piece from our 10 artists, 1 paper showcase from Judith Pudden.






Title: Stitched paper couple #1.

Materials: Chiyogami and Japanese tissue, cotton floss, metallic thread, cotton paper

Size: 11 x 11” (28 x 28 cm)

Artist Description: I began incorporating Chiyogami appliqués into my embroidery in 2013, after a friend took me to a paper conservators’ event at The JPP. The moment I saw the packages of Chiyogami squares all fanned out I knew I want to add them to my work. At the time, I was stitching erotica that was based on early 20th century photographs, and I thought the patterns of the Chiyogami would complement this style. My interest in costume history then led me to experiment with simple Chiyogami cut-outs of corsets and handbags, stitched onto watercolour paper. Although these were originally intended as inexpensive items that I could create more quickly than my embroidery on fabric, they soon began to evolve into more complicated pieces. Parasols, teacups, and blouses with leg o’ mutton sleeves led to bustled Victorian dresses, and the same friend who first introduced me to Japanese paper commissioned a set of 18th century robes à la française, Regency dresses, and Elizabethan gowns. Over the course of many visits to The Paper Place I have amassed an extensive collection of Chiyogami and other Japanese papers.

The 18th century couple that I created for The Paper Place is my largest stitched paper piece to date, and uses 46 pieces of Chiyogami and Japanese tissue. The costumes are based on based on Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) accession M.2007.211.41a-c, a French suit from ca. 1765, and LACMA accession M.2007.211.929a-d, an English robe à la française from ca. 1765.


This October we’re turning 10, and we’ve got lots in store for you!

October 2nd, 2015
10 Artists, 1 Paper
We invited 10 different artists, some who traditionally work with paper and some who don’t, to create a piece all using the same Chiyogami pattern as their inspiration.
Our goal was to showcase the endless possibilities of our gorgeous Japanese papers and the results did not disappoint!
We will be releasing images of the work one by one throughout the month of October so stay tuned!
10 Mysterious Marked Products!
Fancy yourself an armchair detective? Can you guess our 10 best selling products? Uncover the mystery and you could get them free!
To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we’ve chosen ONE from each of our TEN best selling products, and secretly marked it.

When making your purchase, if we find the secret marking, you’ll get that item for free!

Click for more information!

10 Chiyogami Patterns, 10% off!
The 10 of us who currently work at the store each picked 1 of our favourite Chiyogami patterns and those 10 patterns are 10% off for the whole month of October!!
Drop by the store to see them in person and stock up!
10 Years, Time For A New Look!
This October we will also say goodbye to our current logo, it has served us well for the last 10 years and is headed off to enjoy a well deserved retirement!
We are super excited to reveal our new branding later this month so keep an eye out for our new look!


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Make Your Own Scrapbag Event!!

September 28th, 2015


The Paper Place’s Make Your Own Scrapbag Event is happening Monday, October 5th!

Participants must pre-register in one of 4 time slots, 6:30PM, 7:00PM, 7:30PM and 8:00PM. Your $25 registration fee will get you exclusive entry into The Paper Place after hours to fill your 9×12” bag to the brim with loads of paper scrap goodness, as long as we can close the bag you’re good!! We will be re-filling and adding to the off-cuts all evening so rest assured there will be plenty of beautiful scraps in each time slot!

Chiyogami, Katazome, Watermark Tissues and Printed Nepalese papers are just some of the off-cuts you’ll find! Something for everyone! Call 416.703.0089 soon to register, spots will fill up quickly!!


Creative Party Planning: Interactive Chalkboard Mural

September 15th, 2015

One of my favourite memories this summer involved creating an art piece for exclusively vinyl DJs Record Collective at their annual back alleyway party. I was given free reign to do whatever I wanted for the piece, the only parameters being that it needed to be interactive and also cover up some graffiti on a wall. I browsed the store for inspiration and landed on our bottles of chalkboard paint. I had seen a lot of DIY projects involving black chalkboard paint floating around the web, but no multicoloured murals so decided to take on the challenge.


Using one of my favourite Japanese Katazome-shi paper prints as inspiration, I drew out my own simplified version of the multicoloured mountain range, and picked up a few bottles each of our American Craft’s chalkboard paint bottles ($8,95, 250ml each) and a package of our dustless chalk ($2.95).


I began by drawing out a rough outline of my plan on the wall, being sure the design would cover the unsightly graffiti.

Next using painters tape I masked off some details within the mountain range to speed up the the process of painting the mural itself. Once dry this tape would act as a relief and expose the unpainted brick below.


After a long night of taping and painting, once I was sure the paint had completely dried, I went to town peeling away the tape, easily the most gratifying part of the whole process.


The finished result wowed and intrigued guests, who were happy to have a creative activity at the busy event. In the beginning many were hesitant to put their mark on the mural so I set up a table with chalk, a bucket of water, and a sponge so I could demonstrate to guests that the chalk would indeed wash off.


Once a few people started drawing it was hard to keep guests away and at the end of the night there were all sorts of chalk surprises to be found within the Katazome mural. My favourite was this sketch of a muscle man who I couldn’t but help think looks like our coworker Nick.

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The next day I got to take a hose to the wall and wash away all the chalk, leaving behind only my original painting. A clean slate, ready to be drawn on once again. Time to have another party!




Flower Power

August 28th, 2015

It’s still summer! Bees are still buzzing from bloom to bloom. And although they may not be fragrant all of the floral patterned products that we carry at the store are sure to entice.

Galison Pocket Planner and  pen and pencil set nesting beside a Kim Parker Floral perpetual calendar.

Galison Pocket Planner and pen and pencil set nesting beside a Kim Parker Floral perpetual calendar.

Made in the UK WRAPMAGAZINE plain notebook.

Made in the UK WRAPMAGAZINE plain notebook.

Happy Graphic printed newsprint wrapping paper.

Happy Graphic printed newsprint wrapping paper.

Daily Like dry pressed flowers.

Daily Like dry pressed flowers.