Mr Yen talks Daniele Papuli

Daniele Papuli creates objects and sculptures from paper with varying techniques…she creates practical, beautiful and fascinating objects, with some being made up from complex layers and folds of paper.

The subtle use of colour and tone emphasise the shape and form of her pieces, with some being practical, (such as the pieces in the first image) and others that are just purely beautiful sculptures! Daniele creates lots of objects that could be used in everyday life too, such as the paper “vases” – but she also creates a variety of sculptural pieces that I would to have a small collection of!

I really admire the way she uses paper to create seemingly ordinary pieces of design with a very ingenious twist! Have you ever tried to make something like this using only paper?

You can find more work by Daniele Papuli here.

 All images copyright of Daniele Papuli.

Mr Yen (also known as Jonathan Chapman) studied at Leeds College of Art and gained a BA HONS in Graphic Design. After leaving University in 2010 he had the opportunity to work on a few freelance design projects for companies such as Computer Arts Magazine and LYNX. In between freelance projects he creates hand cut papercut artwork that is for sale here. Visit him online at  and


Alice in Paperland with Shannon Morton

I am completely in love with all of the beautiful paper products inspired by the magical world of Alice in Wonderland. There are just so many incredibly talented artists out there! I hope you enjoy this round-up as much as I enjoyed researching it!

1 “Global affair” collage by Peter Clark |
2 “High Tea” paper sculpture by Benja Harney |
3 “Alice, A Mad Tea Party” book sculpture by Su Blackwell |
4 Alice in Wonderland DIY paper doll |
5 Paper cup and saucer by Cecilia Levy |
6 “Alice Kid Gloves” by Jennifer Collier |
7 “White Rabbit” print |
8 “We’re All Mad Here” poster |

Shannon x

Shannon Morton has spent the last 15 years working in the publishing industry and has been the Art Director of many magazines including Donna Hay magazine in Australia and Livingetc magazine in the UK. She now runs her own graphic design company and enjoys creating lovely things for people and their businesses.

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Greedy Hen’s Paper Insects

A guest blog by Kitiya Palaskas

Greedy Hen is a design studio housing the wonderful collaborative projects of Sydney artists Katherine Brickman and Kate Mitchell. I’m a huge fan of their whimsical, playful work, including these amazing paper insects made for the opening of the Bugs Garden at Wildlife Sydney. Each intricately constructed insect and their garden of leaves has been individually hand crafted and embellished. I think they’re absolutely incredible!

All images: Greedy Hen

Kitiya Palaskas is a craft-based designer and creative workshop tutor based in Sydney. View her work/read her blog.

Mr Yen talks Kevin Stanton

For this weeks guest post I thought I would introduce you to the papercut artwork created by Kevin Stanton. Kevin creates paper cut artwork and illustrations to be used for a variety of contexts such as book covers and posters. You can see in Kevin’s creations that he has an obvious interest in all things flora and fauna, which shows through in his designs!

In the image above, you can see the delicate and detailed layers that create a whole image, which is how most of Kevin’s work is created. The colours, and the order they are placed in, can dramatically effect the impact the image has, which I think is a very clever way of using a simple material such as paper!

Kevin’s pieces are used for a variety of contexts and he explores a range of themes and concepts with his work. A particular project of his that I think is quite beautiful and very artistic is his range of designs he has started to create to represent different types of Tarot cards. You can see one of these in the first image above and the rest of them can be seen here.

All images copyright of Kevin Stanton.


Mr Yen (also known as Jonathan Chapman) studied at Leeds College of Art and gained a BA HONS in Graphic Design. After leaving University in 2010 he had the opportunity to work on a few freelance design projects for companies such as Computer Arts Magazine and LYNX. In between freelance projects he creates hand cut papercut artwork that is for sale here. Visit him online at  and

Ronald Ceuppens’ abstract world

Ronald Ceuppens is a graphic artist that enjoys nature; renowned for reconstructing images by fragmentation to preserve the memory of a place.  Ceuppens translates nostalgia from the past into a search for future pleasure creating an abstract world, filled with the sensitive melody of silence and serenity.

images courtesy of Ronald Ceuppens blog

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Make a mobile with Kitiya Palaskas

Hi everyone! My name is Kit and I am thrilled to be the new guest blogger here at Paper Runway. I’m looking forward to sharing my inspiring paper finds with you each week and creating vibrant, colourful and fun DIY projects for you to make each month, starting today!

My fellow Sydney-siders will back me up here when I say that we have had what can only be described as the worst Summer ever. Stormy days and rain clouds have darkened our tropical moods and we’ve replaced glamorous swimwear with gumboots and emergency ponchos. So, to salvage the essence of Summer I’ve created this colourful mobile project. Use a kaleidoscope of coloured card and neon thread to instantly brighten any grey day. Liven up your favourite room on a cloudy afternoon or hang this pretty ornament in a window and watch the pieces spin in the wind.

You will need
Mobile shapes template {dowload link here}
Assorted coloured card
2 x 25cm pieces of balsa wood dowel
Coloured sewing thread
Sewing machine (optional)

Step 1

To create the mobile pieces, use the templates provided to cut 10 of each shape from coloured card. We used two different colours for each shape – 5 of each colour. Fold each shape in half.

Step 2

Stack one coloured shape on top of another and staple together twice on the fold line.  Repeat with pairs of different coloured shapes until you have 15 mobile pieces. For a different look you could use a sewing machine to attach the shapes together, as shown with the finished product.

Step 3

Using the edge of a scissor blade, make a 0.5cm notch in the centre of each piece of dowel and smaller notches at the each end.

Step 4

Position the pieces of dowel to form a cross, with the centre notches facing each other. Cut a 70cm piece of string and double over. Wrap the string around the centre of the cross, making sure to bind tightly from both directions to strengthen the bond. Tie in a tight double knot and trim the excess thread.

Step 5

Using a needle and thread, link three mobile pieces together to form a strand, leaving 7cm of string in between each. We doubled up our thread for strength. As you thread, make a knot at the bottom and top of each mobile piece to stop them from sliding up and down.  Leave 20cm excess thread at the top of the strand for tying to the dowel.

Step 6

With each strand, wrap the excess thread around the ends of the dowel, slotting the thread into the notches made in step 3. To finish, tie in a tight double knot and trim the excess. To hang, tie a double piece of thread around the centre to form a loop.

Kitiya Palaskas is a craft-based designer living and working in beautiful Sydney, Australia. She loves polkadots, tropical souvenirs and eating dessert for dinner. She can often be found buried under piles of paper scraps, pom poms and haberdashery or frantically bedazzling everything in sight.   See Kit’s work on her website or read her blog.

Paper coffee cups + Art = Love

Today we discovered Gwyneth Leech.  Gwyneth began drawing on her empty paper coffee cups during meetings in 2007. One thing led to another and the practice has come to absorb her completely. In partnership with Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, in 2011 Gwyneth has exhibited her cup drawings as public art installations in numerous locations around New York City.

‘Hypergraphia’ is an installation of drawings on upcycled paper coffee cups, Gwyneth has been sitting in the windows of the Flatiron Prow New York five days a week since September 20, 2011 drawing and painting on ever more cups and adding them to the installation. Now in its final days the show closes on February 18th.

Warning – heart palpitations ahead!

images courtesy of Gwyneth's blog.

We hope you enjoyed as much as we did – how wonderful it would have been to have visited in person.

x Nikki and Maree