Where on earth have I been? Don't answer - that's a rhetorical question. I've been under a rock. A new movement's afoot and I've been blissfully unaware of it. Paper - it's paper. Now I know scrap booking has become hot because I always have to move those magazines aside to get to the beading and fiber magazines at the bookstore. But what I seem to have missed out on until very recently is the move towards paper as an art form in and of itself. Yes, I know about Cloth, Paper, Scissors, but believe it or not I never even opened a copy until a couple of months ago.
Yes, you can accuse me of being a fiber snob, because that's what I was. Paper - who me? I'm into fiber! So anyway, strolling around the web one day, I stumbled upon the blog of a very talented paper artist (don't ask me who she is because I lost her blog URL in the great computer crash of last week). I was absolutely amazed as only someone who had very recently sniffed at the idea of "paper as art" can be. And I was smitten. A bit more strolling took me to a new Yahoo list called Belle Papier.
I asked to join knowing full well that I didn't know the first thing about paper as art, much less the multitude of techniques used in the art. And that should be your first clue. There were techniques to glean here that I'd never come across anywhere else. And the women were REALLY nice. And they didn't mind that I hadn't a clue. And there was even a 'zine! Belle Papier
Now for those of you who, like me, have been living under a rock, a 'zine is an independent publication that can go places that magazines can NEVER go. Lynne, the publisher of Belle Papier magazine asked me to contribute a project for the fall issue and I readily agreed. "But", I said to myself. "I should see this 'zine first so I know what I'm expected to do". I ordered a copy and HOLEY MOLEY. I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT! First of all, It's CHOCK FULL OF COOL STUFF! Threads, and stickers and stamps and tin charms and beads and printed bits and projects and poems and artwork. And best of all - it's all lovingly made by Lynne's talented hands.
So I had to share this, because I'm just amazed by it - it's gorgeous. I can't wait to check out other 'zines. It's a movement I'm telling you - and I absolutely hate feeling left out.
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