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Friday Favourites: Paper Special

We found lots of inspiring paper and card-themed stories this week, so today’s Friday Favourites is a themed one.

Self-proclaimed “Illustrator and paper enthusiast” Nancy Liang  combines her two passions, using paper cut outs and hand drawings to create whimsical animated GIFs which, in Liang’s own words, “focus on suburbia, cities and landscapes, and attempt to bring out social, cultural and even personal narratives through these subjects.”

Nancy Liang

Nancy Liang bear

You can see more of her work on Tumblr.

I’m so sorry you’re sick

Emily McDowell I'm sorry

After a battle with cancer, Emily McDowell has turned her hand to creating a set of empathetic greetings cards with a difference. Her range (which we spotted on Fubiz this week) focuses on strong, bold, colourful messages that aim to break down communication barriers between people who are suffering from a serious illness and their loved ones – the kind of cards she would have liked to receive.

Emily McDowell Well

Emily McDowell Really

See the full range on her website.

Introducing the PaperBridge

It’s no surprise that things with the word “bridge” in them often appear on our radar. This week, Design Week’s article on artist Steve Messam’s latest installation caught our attention. Commissioned by Lakes Culture in the Lake District National Park in the UK, Messam has created a temporary, recyclable bridge made out of 20,000 sheets of red paper.

Steve Messam PaperBridge

Messam hasn’t used any adhesive or fixings to keep the paper bridge intact. Instead, his structure relies on traditional architectural principles that are local to the area to keep his bridge standing. Even though it’s only paper, the bridge is apparently strong enough for people to walk over. So if you find yourself in the area this weekend, give it a try and let us know!

The Art of Japanese Bookbinding

To round off this week’s Friday Favourites, we have a book recommendation from Lisa W in our Singapore Studio. If you’re interested in the beautiful and ancient craft of Japanese bookbinding, then “Japanese Bookbinding: Instructions from a Master Craftsman” by Kojiro Ikegami is for you. If you’re unfamiliar with this art, there’s lots of examples on Pinterest to inspire you.

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