A little peek into the world of paper artistry
New beautiful things have arrived to the Upon A Fold shop. Discover them all here.
Inspired by nature, French artist Maryse Dugois creates these beautiful forms using translucent paper. I really love the intermingling of paper and light.
Oiled umbrellas placed out to dry, taken from the early 1900s.
Note the abundance of spokes – a lovely characteristic of Wagasa.
Original customer listing notebooks collected and preserved by Tsujikura.
Although made of paper these umbrellas are indeed waterproof.
Established in 1690, Tsujikura have a very long history of umbrella making.
It takes many artisans many weeks to make just one of these meticulously crafted umbrellas by Tsujikura from Japan. Wagasa, a traditional Japanese umbrella is something I fell in love with when I was in Kyoto last year. They are made with Japanese paper (washi) and bamboo and the handwork that goes into making just one of these is truly amazing. If you’re heading to Kyoto be sure to visit the Tsujikura gallery and shop – address details here.
Whenever I go searching for new things to add to the shop I comes across the most wonderful artist sites and works. Here is one I found recently.
Artist Hung Yi-Chen has a way of making acrylic on canvas look so much like paper.
Are these not the cutest desktop storage boxes ever made? The Paper Storage Company has a long history of making Japanese paper to produce decorative storage boxes. If you happen to be in Tokyo you can buy them here.
Sydney-based artist Natasha Frisch uses tracing paper to recreate everyday objects that look so real they could easily go unnoticed. I’m so amazed by the absolute precision and detail in these works. Discover more of Natasha’s work here.