This Paper Garden: hump day happiness

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Happy hump day friends!

I had the most amazing weekend in Margate for the Lucky Dip Club X In Colourful Company colour walk. The day out in DREAMLAND really was a dream come true! With Lucky Dip Club’s mantra of “Throw colour around like confetti”, today’s hump day happiness is just perfect. This Paper Garden creates the rainbow confetti I often send to my friends via snail mail. If the multicoloured stars weren’t perfect enough, each one can be planted and grows into a flower. Woo hoo! I shall now hand you over to the incredibly talented lady behind This Paper Garden…

  1. Who are you and what do you do?

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My name is Stephanie and I run a small business called This Paper Garden where I create plantable paper and seed bombs.

  1. How/where/why did The Paper Garden begin?

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After my daughter was born I decided to set up my own business, having always been interested in crafts, which seemed the right direction to go in.  I tried a few ideas and different crafts but found that creating seed paper was better received and more creatively stimulating than my other ideas and it grew steadily from there.

  1. What inspires your designs?

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Nature is a big influence on what I do.  Because it is seed paper that I create, it seems fitting that it’s natural shapes that it’s made into, flowers, butterflies, trees etc.  There are a lot of other shapes I make too but always in bright, attractive colours and everything available in all colours.

  1. Who inspires you?

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My family and friends are a great source of inspiration.  My daughter’s interests and opinions most definitely feed into my product design, for example, her interest in growing peas at home has inspired my new “Jack and The Beanstalk” seed bombs.

  1. What tools do you use to create your designs?

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Most of my tools are handmade and are based on traditional Japanese paper making techniques. The tool I most rely on though are my scissors, I have several pairs I use for various tasks, from cutting up the paper for pulp to cutting out my packaging and instruction slips.

  1. What is your favourite item to make?

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My favourite item to make is my seed bombs.  They’re bright and colourful and I get free rein on what colours and combinations to use.  These also have the widest variety of seeds involved so choosing the seed combinations can be interesting too.

  1. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

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It’s true that you may fail if you try, but you can never succeed if you haven’t tried at all.

If you would like to discover more about This Paper Garden’s work, you can find them at the links below:

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