For this week’s birdy pick I’ve returned to one of my favourite Sydney-based online shops, Upon a Fold, which showcases an immaculate collection of paper creations from around the world. Stationery nerds will get their geek on over the exquisite range of cards, envelopes and notebooks sourced from Japan and Korea, while design aficionados will appreciate the line-up of architectural paper objects and creations.
I made a bee-line for the beautiful bird-themed cards and envelopes, which are miniature works of art in themselves and can be enjoyed for a long time after they’re opened. This colourful little fellow, top (AU$6.95), has die-cut feet so that he stand up alone, or he could be hung as a colourful mobile. And the beautifully-illustrated birds by Japanese designer Ayame Kikuchi, above, would make charming (and relatively inexpensive) decorations perched on a shelf or windowsill.
From top to bottom:
Bird card, AU$6.95
Birds card – Java sparrow (2 pack), AU$24.95;
Tori Pochi – Jiro envelope set of 3, AU$9;
Dove card, AU$9.95; and
Tobidustry tree sparrow pop-up card, AU$9.90, all from Upon a Fold.
You know how Withnail went on holiday by mistake? Well I’ve gone to town on Valentine’s Day – by mistake. I didn’t mean to find so many lovely things. But I did, and I’m afraid I’m going to have to share them with you over the next few days.
So if Valentine’s Day makes you want to vom a little bit, may I suggest that you view my sweet tokens of love as just that – little things that make me smile, and may in fact make the object of your affection (or best mate) smile a little bit, too. Otherwise just close your eyes, grit your teeth, and it will all be over soon.
Top row, from left to right:
Yeti Time letterpress card, US$4.50, by Hello!Lucky.
LOVE GIRL gocco print by Gemma Jones, US$29 from Paintergirl’s Etsy shop.
Mint Arrow Valentine paper-cut note card, US$5 by Ashley Pahl.
Second row, from left to right:
Punchline ‘Kisses’ card, AU$4.50 from Upon a Fold.
1/100 Paper Model Set No.11 Cherry Blossom by Terada Mokei, AU$23.95 from Upon a fold.
Letterpress Valentine Bear Hug card, US$6 by Blackbird Letterpress.
Third row, from left to right:
Cross my heart yoyo in blush pink, US$12 by Something’s Hiding in Here.
‘You’re just peaches and cream’ letterpress card, AU$6, from Bespoke Press.
Enamored pencil set, US$11 from Paper Pastries.