We know very little about Vietnamese paper artist Dinh Truong Giang.Â He studied architecture in Viet Nam and has been designing origami since 1998. Currently he lives in Virginia.Â This highly experienced artist uses a technique called wet folding when constructing his work.Â Wet folding is done by dampening the paper surface to allow it to be more malleable to curves and to making distinct features.Â On an interview with Combustus he says this about his work:
â€œI do not create complex designs with hundreds of folds. I strive for simple and elegant design. â€Less is Moreâ€ for me. One of my favorite quotes: â€œPerfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.â€Â Â ~Antoine de Saint ExupÃ©ry.â€
More of his work can be found here on his website.
Images: Courtesy of Dinh Truong Giang.
Have always carried a notebook despite the digital conveniences.Â Thatâ€™s why we love this Paris-based company, Soumkine, a brand bent on reviving the paper and writing culture. In 2016 Soumkine was launched producing simple but thoughtfully designed notebooks and planners. Each notebook is made of high-quality Italian paper and bound by hand at their Parisian atelier.Â The books are hand-stitched in the beautiful tradition of pre-1950s French bookbinding.Â Their graphics are designed by Fiodor Sumkin the companyâ€™s typographer and founder. The process of making a Soumkine book is explained here in their blog.
Their products can be viewed on their website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Soumkine.
We always want to make our gift wrapping extra special and unique so we think these lace tapes from Japanese brand, Pavilio, will do the trick.Â The company was born in 2015 as a joint venture developed and planned by a sticker printing company in Sanjo City and a design company in Tokyo. Their lace tape features fine cutting and colorful designs.
All their patterns can be viewed here on their website.Â Some designs are available on Etsy, Amazon and a few other companies listed on Google.
Images: Courtesy of Pavilio.