Joanna Caskie

I am a paper artist and I create paper sculpture, papercuts, collage and handmade books.
I work from my home studio on the beautiful Isle of Mull on Scotland's west coast.
Please join me here to see my recent work, find the occasional tutorial and get some creative inspiration.
Recent work is always available in my Etsy shop and I am happy to take on commissions.

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Thought I’d give you a little How To this week, using the Turkish Map Fold to make a book.  This was the style of book I used to make my first book in my Library of Inspiration Project (making a personal library of mini books containing my favourite quotes). It’s very easy to do but looks pretty impressive when done.  For my book I used one fold as I just needed one page, but when you glue a few together it looks great.  I used origami paper for this tutorial because it makes it fairly easy to see what I’m doing but you could use any, fairly thin, paper you like.  Let me know what you think - it’s my first tutorial!  And if anyone wants to create their own Library of Inspiration I’d love to see.

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This little book made it to my online shop this week.  Not blowing my own trumpet but I do rather like it.  I’ve been doing bucket loads of paper cutting recently which I do love too but felt the Urge To Make Book.  So make a book I did.  Thinking about books has spurred me on to get started with my Library of Inspiration project so I’m going to make a mini book every month, filled with a favourite quote or poem, until I have a unique collection. I’ll share my efforts with you here and on social media with the hashtag #libraryofinspiration .

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The sun came out! 3 whole days of it! My eyes and my skin almost couldn’t cope it was so awesome.

Speaking of awesome, the PaperLove Blog Hop that we did on Monday was super cool.  I had a very pleasant evening reading through all the posts and it was great (and reassuring) to see all those overflowing paper stashes in various studios and craft rooms around the world.  Click through the links if you get a chance to discover all sorts or papery goodness.

I managed to get two new paper cuts in my Etsy shop this week too - Red Lovebirds and Home Sweet Home.  And I have been busily framing up lots of pieces for some local galleries.  My challenge for this year is to have my work displayed in more places, possibly even on (da-da-daa) The Mainland.

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I love paper, it is true.  Some would call it a problem but I call it a healthy passion.  I have a stash, it’s overflowing in various areas of my studio.  I squirrel away little bits of books I find in the charity shop, I keep old envelopes and I own far too many notebooks.  A happy day for me involves tearing or cutting or gluing paper.  Or stitching it or folding it.  I find that back section of Paperchase with all those shelves of beautiful paper a little overwhelming because I want to take it all home with me.

If you ever feel a little like me about strong, versatile, fragile, amazing paper then you may want to check out the links below.

The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here

Majo Bautista / Tona Bell Louise Best Cathy Bluteau / Jennifer Bomgardner / Giova Brusa / Lindsay Buck / Beka Buckley / Joanna Caskie / Jonathan Chapman (Mr Yen) / Halle Cisco / Sarah Clare / Cathryn Clarge / Dawn Clarkson / Rhiannon Connelly Jenny D’Fuego / Molly Dhiman / Ian Dudley / Ayisatu Emore / Akmal Farid / Monika Forsberg / Claire Fritz-Domeney / Louise Gale / Chrissy Gaskell / Julie Hamilton / Emma Hawman / Rachel Hazell / Holly Helgeson / Claudine Hellmuth / Kim Henkel / Sarah Hoffman / Joanne Hus / Paula Joerling / Beth Kempton / Julie Kirk / Eos Koch / Katie LaClair / Kristy Lankford / Michelle Manolov / Doreen Marts Rosie Martinez-Dekker / Tori Mears / Maria Mederios / Lise Meijer / Debbie Miller / MaryJane Mitchell / Suzy Naidoo / Grace Noel / Hannah Nunn / Camilla Olsson / Jo Packham / Rachelle Panagarry / Monette Pangan / Melanie Paul Nicole Piar / Jen Pitta / Liz Plummer Julie Reed / Michelle Reynolds / Lisa Rivas Angee Robertson / Natalie Ryan / Aisling Ryan / Elisabet Sapena / Kyrrha Sevco / Jamie Sprague / Elizabeth Steele / Terri Stephens / Juniper Stokes / Mary Tanana / Maike Thoma / Linda Tieu Gabrielle Treanor / Tammy Tutterow / Deborah Velasquez / Jordan Vinograd Kim / Cat Whipple / Brooke Witt / Katie Wood Amelia Woodbridge

Spring is round the corner so I think it’s a perfect time to decorate a dusty corner with something pretty - which is where paper garlands come in. Here’s one I made from the pages of a book I found in my local charity shop.
I had planned a monthly tutorial for you on this blog but I have quickly realised that I am both lacking in time and expertise. Instead I’m going to send you on a papery, garlandy, buntingy journey with links to other clever peoples shops and tutorials.
If you want a tutorial try Minieco (want to live in this website) or Okapi-cat or Poppytalk for ideas.  If you want to buy something ready made from a lovely artist type try LaMiaCasa or petitprojects or Fabulously Handmade.
Enjoy!

Spring is round the corner so I think it’s a perfect time to decorate a dusty corner with something pretty - which is where paper garlands come in. Here’s one I made from the pages of a book I found in my local charity shop.

I had planned a monthly tutorial for you on this blog but I have quickly realised that I am both lacking in time and expertise. Instead I’m going to send you on a papery, garlandy, buntingy journey with links to other clever peoples shops and tutorials.

If you want a tutorial try Minieco (want to live in this website) or Okapi-cat or Poppytalk for ideas.  If you want to buy something ready made from a lovely artist type try LaMiaCasa or petitprojects or Fabulously Handmade.

Enjoy!

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So I recently saw a blog post by Pip Lincolne of the awesome blog Meet Me At Mikes where she is instigating a Link-a-long.  It’s a chance to acknowledge those people out there that are inspiring you at the moment. What a GOOD idea! 

I decided to pick one person today and that is Geninne Zlatkis.  I have just been soaking up the colours and aesthetic of her work and blog as I have been trying to incorporate colour into my recent work.  Geninne lives in Mexico and I really see those Mexican colours all through her work.  So check out her blog and shop and maybe treat yourself to some to some colourful, painterly loveliness.  Thank you Geninne for creating such beautiful work.

All images above by Geninne Zlatkis.

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So at my Craft Croft I have declared 2014 the Year of the Papercut!  I always struggle with an overload of ideas and get bogged down indecision, so this year I am going to concentrate on one medium only and practice and develop.  So for the time being a papercutting I shall go.

I’ve also been filling up my Etsy shop, reading my camera manual. reading about SEO and generally trying to take a more business-like approach to my work.  I’ve even joined Twitter (I’m @jocaskie).

I want to make a living from art.  I want to work as an artist.  There, I’ve said it!

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I’ve been finishing off some books this week to include in an exhibition in October and I’m pretty pleased with them.  I’ve been meaning to make some more books with driftwood covers since I made one on a workshop with the super talented Rachel Hazell and I FINALLY got around to doing it.

I’m now trying to get my brain in gear for Christmassy things to make for an upcoming market but we’ve been enjoying the last throws of summer and I just can’t get in the zone. I’m never one to be wishing for winter weather but in this case it just might help.

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