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silina pantelidou: paper and metal jewelry

Silina Pantelidou begins each collection of jewelry by making sketches, allowing the forms that “wander around” her mind the space and time needed for them to come to life.


Pantelidou studied graphic design and bookbinding, eventually learning to work with metal, which sent her off in a different direction, opening a new path: jewelry that combines paper and metal.


She explains, “from now on I could blend paper and metal in order to tell my stories in the form of small, precious objects.”


My personal favorites are the Voice and Asana collections pictured here.






“My main materials are metal and paper. Metal is a tough “companion”. At times I transform it until it follows my sketch, or at other times I let it show me the way through its own pathways. For the purpose of antithesis but also for balance I use paper, a material which feels as if it holds me by the hand. The paper fibers create an environment where I can play around with the colors of nature and the canvas on which I can narrate my stories.”






Silina Pantelidou’s website

kim schoenberger: expressions of love

“Teabags, like life, are delicate yet strong, fragile yet resilient, stained with the spreading of warm comfort.”


Close Knit CommUNITY
1000 sewn and spun recycled tea bags, thread

Queensland artist Kim Schoenberger gathered thousands of discarded tea bags for her exhibitions, Expressions Of Love (2010) and Expressions Of Love II (2014). She used an antique treadle Singer sewing machine to sew the tea bags together, creating quilts, cushions, fans, rugs, doilies and other items in honor of her mother, who died in 2005.


 Evening Gloves, recycled tea bags, thread, porcelain


 Knitting In Progress, recycled tea bags, linen thread, porcelain


Ladies Parasol
recycled tea bags, thread, wood, wire, paint and porcelain


Ladies Fan,  Ladies Handkerchief and Evening Purse
tea bags, crocheted and stitched, porcelain


Schoenberger shares her thoughts on the inspiration and motivation behind the collections, asking us to ponder these questions: “Are the days gone when grandmothers passed on the skills… to knit, crochet or sew? Once these skills were part of daily life and in some cases a neccessity… when ‘recycle’ meant the re-use of items in new ways for comfort in the home. Today ‘recycle’ seems to mean ‘dumping it’ in the yellow-lidded bin. As time escapes us, do we need to consider living life more simply and lightly, being observant of what (or who) we discard?”

Kim Schoenberger’s website


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sipho mabona: there’s an elephant in the room

Professional Origami artist Sipho Mabona set out to show the world that there are no limits to what you can make with a square of paper.


His goal was to make a life-size replica of one of the largest mammals on earth – the elephant. In late 2013 he launched a successful indiegogo crowdfunding project to create The White Elephant.


Folded by Mabona and three assistants, a metal structure supports the folded paper sculpture to ensure that the origami mammal can stand.


The elephant in progress.


 Sipho Mabona holds a scaled down version of the white elephant


One of the perks for the funders was a ceramic cast of the creased paper. The folds are the exact folds used to create the elephant. LOVE this concept!

Sipho Mabona’s website

If you enjoyed Mabona’s White Elephant, don’t miss the videos of his Toshiba origami ad campaigns. Nicely done.


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