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Paper Passion Interview: Sue Leslie

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Today we bring you a short interview with Sue Leslie from A Thousand Paper Wishes Sue took part in our very first PaperLove ecourse back in June. We are so happy to be sharing more of Sue’s beautiful paper passions in today’s post.

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How did you discover your paper passion?
I think paper has always been part of my life I can remember making paper dolls with my mother before I went to school. But at age 7 or 8 I had a lovely teacher called Miss Butterworth who showed us how to fold paper and make lanterns, baskets, houses and little books. Suddenly paper took on another dimension!

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What is it you love most about paper?
Everything. The huge variety of textures, colours and patterns that are available. I love everything from magazine pages, old ledgers, business envelopes, damaged books and maps to handmade Japanese papers, hand marbled paper to pristine sheets of white paper.

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What kind of paper do you love to create with the most?
I think I get most pleasure using paper that would other be thrown away.

What excited you most about taking part in the Paper Love ecourse?
I really enjoyed being part of an online group and seeing how other people interpreted the tasks.

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Which was your favourite week and why?
I really enjoyed the week when we made the little concertina books. I have used this method in my work already using a combination of paper, monoprinting, fabric and stitch.

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What are some of the areas covered in the class, that you would like to continue to explore?
I really want to learn more ways of making books.

What would you say when recommending this class to a friend
Go for it, work at your own speed and follow what other members of the group are doing on Facebook.

Connect with Sue here: Website | Facebook

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Do you obsess about stationery, love the idea of creating your own books and boxes, enjoy sending real snail mail, and lust over the delight of words?

If so this course is for you!

Join us to discover the delights of PAPER (week 1), COLLAGE (week 2), WORD (week 3), BOOK (week 4), MAIL (week 5). Our next class starts on Monday 3 November, 2014 and registration opens on 29 September 2014. 

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Paper Love ecourse: Student Showcase part 5 {June 2014 class}

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Excited to showcase more beautiful work from our very first Paper Love ecourse which ran in June 2014. Here is part 5 of our showcase with some love notes from participants about week 5 – all about mail art!

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“This week was more fun than I could have imagined and left me wanting more on so many fronts. The whole course fulfilled all my hopes for loosening the laces on my imagination and opening my mind to so much more ways of creating with book binding particularly, and really pushed my boundaries.  Rachel’s enthusiasm for all we did was wonderful ” -  Susan Hague

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“It was exciting to reach out to the other members of the class with real, physical mail art. This course has been a significant creative point in my life – it’s thrown up questions, ideas and ways of thinking that have been very inspiring (not to mention sometimes, even therapeutic!), taken me out of my comfort zone and introduced me to new concepts of self expression, and all with a gently supportive and encouraging tone which made it easy to feel like I was right where I belonged and that this course was almost designed for ME! I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the course to anyone interested in finding, re-aquainting themselves with, or even boosting their own inner creativity.” – Joy Gosney

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“I loved being introduced to Mail Art, something I didn’t even know existed” – Jo Caskie

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“Falling back in love with the postal system. Making time to send a real/hold-able message. Thanks again for such a brilliant experience and sharing your passion and knowledge. I feel so inspired, I’ve enjoyed it all! (I didn’t watch television for the five weeks). I found the posts/ your writing/the videos so accessible and full of personality! ” -  Ceri Amphlett

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“How I have loved these arriving from different parts of the world!  Each envelope creates a closer connection to people I have got to know through the course and one special envelope is being circulated from member to member, what a journey that one is making!  I also enjoyed making my own collection of origami envelopes and posting them with a small surprise inside. ” – Sandie Cottee

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Do you obsess about stationery, love the idea of creating your own books and boxes, enjoy sending real snail mail, and lust over the delight of words?

If so this course is for you!

Join us to discover the delights of PAPER (week 1), COLLAGE (week 2), WORD (week 3), BOOK (week 4), MAIL (week 5). Our next class starts on Monday 3 November, 2014 and registration opens on 29 September 2014. 

Please join the email list here to receive the special offer when registration opens.

 

Paper Love ecourse: Student Showcase part 4 {June 2014 class}

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Excited to showcase more beautiful work from our very first Paper Love ecourse which ran in June 2014. Here is part 4 of our showcase with some notes from participants about week 4 – all about books

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“With the encouragement to make my own book and make marks within it I’ve got over my previous phobia of writing or using sketchbooks for thoughts/ideas/drawing and actually found what a cathartic process it can be!” – Joy Gosney

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“This week inspired me to look again at making a single sheet book. I had been taught this before but not given it much time or thought but once I started to think of it as a ‘real’ book I was really happy with the result.” – Jo Caskie

 

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“I really enjoyed all the different structures we worked on in this week, including some that surprised me such as a book mobile. I loved every moment of the course, even the challenging ones. It has freed up my creative spirit and put me in touch with like-minded souls all over the world. I wish we could go back and start all over again…come to think of it, perhaps I will!” – Kate Fothringham

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“Making the book mobile was very meditative, mini narratives evolved into flying books.” – Ceri Amphlett

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“I combined a celebratory and birthday present in this exercise. I had so much fun making the bunting and incorporated different fonts, homemade sticky tape and collage from earlier weeks and was very pleased with the result (as was the recipient!).” – Natalie Legg

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“I had wanted to try long stitch binding for quite a while and this week gave me the courage finally to have a serious go at it.” – Susan Hague

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“I loved this course and am so glad that I took part.  I really enjoyed the structure, how the five days of each week had a different approach, and how each week complimented and added to the last.  I didn’t have time to work through the projects in time with the course but I love that a strong community has formed through the Facebook group and how we share our progress, ideas and love of paper.  I have wanted to do a course with Rachel for so long and it has encouraged me to book a residential course – I can’t wait to meet Rachel in person!” – Sandie Cottee

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Do you obsess about stationery, love the idea of creating your own books and boxes, enjoy sending real snail mail, and lust over the delight of words?

If so this course is for you!

Join us to discover the delights of PAPER (week 1), COLLAGE (week 2), WORD (week 3), BOOK (week 4), MAIL (week 5). Our next class starts on Monday 3 November, 2014 and registration opens on 29 September 2014. 

Please join the email list here to receive the special offer when registration opens.

 

Paper Love ecourse: Student Showcase part 3 {June 2014 class}

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Excited to showcase more beautiful work from our very first Paper Love ecourse which ran in June 2014. Here is part 3 of our showcase with some love notes from participants about week 3 – all about word.

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“The writing exercises were great fun and making folded books is addictive. ” – Ceri Amphlett

 

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“I loved the inky text exercise and then seeing that technique become a lovely book in it’s own right really inspired me.” – Jo Caskie

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“A return to my childhood with writing exercises, and the challenge of playing with Haiku verses for the first time ever was very satisfying.” – Susan Hague

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Do you obsess about stationery, love the idea of creating your own books and boxes, enjoy sending real snail mail, and lust over the delight of words?

If so this course is for you!

Join us to discover the delights of PAPER (week 1), COLLAGE (week 2), WORD (week 3), BOOK (week 4), MAIL (week 5). Our next class starts on Monday 3 November, 2014 and registration opens on 29 September 2014. 

Please join the email list here to receive the special offer when registration opens.

 

Paper Love ecourse: Student Showcase part 2 {June 2014 class}

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We are excited to showcase more beautiful work from our very first Paper Love ecourse which ran in June 2014. Here is part 2 of our showcase with some love notes from participants about week 2 – all about collage!

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“Playing with pattern and texture to represent different personalities whilst still creating an balanced overall effect.” – Natalie Legg

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“This was my favourite week – I loved the opportunity to play with colours and shapes in a really creative way – it has fired my imagination to discover what more I can create in this medium which I had never thought about before.” – Joy Gosney

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“Some great projects and I loved being introduced to some new artists. The Collage Container Box was a fairly lengthy project but well worth it. I’d always thought boxes were a bit terrifying to make but your instructions were excellent.” – Jo Caskie

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“Creativity really exploded in week two as we were encouraged to think outside the box, even when learning how to make boxes.” – Kate Fothringham

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“Trying to make sense of or new realities with the given pictures and words with the help of glue.” -  Ceri Amphlett

 

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“Reawakened the fun of primary school days and expanded my atrophied imagination for telling stories with scraps of paper and incorporating things from nature – even an old paper wasps’ nest!” – Susan Hague

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“Cherries as remembered by the dead (after John Berger)’ spell ‘cherry’ with their own stalks – Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese

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“I have made tape strips before, using double sided tape, but this time I had great fun experimenting with different papers including tissue.  One of the patterns looked a bit boring so before cutting the strips I added a stamped image and I love the effect this gave.” – Sandie Cottee

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Do you obsess about stationery, love the idea of creating your own books and boxes, enjoy sending real snail mail, and lust over the delight of words?

If so this course is for you!

Join us to discover the delights of PAPER (week 1), COLLAGE (week 2), WORD (week 3), BOOK (week 4), MAIL (week 5). Our next class starts on Monday 3 November, 2014 and registration opens on 29 September 2014. 

Please join the email list here to receive the special offer when registration opens.