Archive for June, 2012

Twenty Images of Twenty Rooms

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

The abandoned rooms and spaces of Toronto artist, Sean Robert MacPherson tell stories of past occupants.  The furniture in the space has been discarded and left behind with the ghost memories of a time when they were useful.  Sean’s work puts spotlight on the disposable lifestyle of current society and our need to replace the old with the new, often before it is necessary.

Sean’s works are made all the more real with the inclusion of decorative pattern papers.  Using some of our Chiyogami, Italian and Nepalese papers, he adds depth and texture to the space.  You become drawn in by the small details that give authenticity to the story of the space.







See more of Sean Robert MacPherson’s work here!



Ahoy! Summery Nautical Notes

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Summer has arrived in Toronto in full effect.  Hello heatwave!  I sat down (poolside) to write some letters earlier this week.  Nautical notecards pair up perfectly with zodiac stamps and graph paper tape.


I’m planning a little bike ride to the Toronto Islands next week.  It’s our little piece of paradise in the city.  Let’s hope I get there more than once this summer!



Happy writing!




Monday, June 18th, 2012

If you get a chance, check out the work of artist Linda Ruscio McIntosh. She is a real supporter of our store and of Japanese paper. Her show at McKay Art Centre in Unionville features a series of collages depicting various yoga poses. The works incorporate many of the lovely papers and tissues that we sell at the store. I love Linda and her work. Check it out!





Tissue Paper Jar Lanterns

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Now that the chilly weather is behind us I have started thinking only of summer crafts – I made these lanterns with the idea that they could be hung outside on warm summer nights or to swing in the breeze of an open window. I picked my favorite tissue – Circle Mesh Gold for these to give them a rustic but elegant look – perfect for an outdoor wedding or a BBQ!


I used white glue to attach the tissue to the jars, but Mod Podge would work really well too. To make the loops for hanging them I used a medium gauge craft wire and pliers, you have to make sure that the wire around the rim of the jar is tight so that it can support the hanging weight of the jar. How lovely would these look with a lacy Watermark Tissue or with the light shining through a Katazome print!?



Old School Library Card Notes and Bookplates

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

It’s the middle of June and that can mean only one thing: school’s out! As a bookish little kid growing up in Toronto, the end of the school year marked the beginning of frequent visits to my local public library. I have fond memories of walking from the library to the park, carrying my weight in borrowed picture books, that I would spend entire afternoons reading in the grass. This time of year makes me nostalgic for that old book smell, the sound of crinkling plastic dust jackets, the thump of the librarian’s rubber date stamp on the Date Due card, and the soft swish of the card being slipped into the manila pocket stuck inside every book, reminding me of exactly how long I had to enjoy it. Needless to say, I was pretty excited when we received a shipment of Knot & Bow’s Library Cards – a set of 25 Old School Book Cards – that look exactly the way I remembered.

Using some of my favourite Decorative Italian and Chiyogami papers, I decided to make some Library Card pockets. I made a simple template using the measurements of the Library Card, and then cut it out of the Decorative Italian paper. I used just a small scrap of Chiyogami as a liner.

After a few simple folds and gluing of flaps (I used our Coccoina Potato Starch adhesive, mostly because I love the almond-y smell!) my pocket was ready.

I like to use the library cards for leaving notes and reminders, so the pocket works great as an envelope. Or, you can paste the pocket inside the cover of your favourite book, and turn the library card into a personalized bookplate!

- Kalpna