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Paper Origami Shirts – DIY

A quick tutorial to fold Origami Shirts  - just in time for Father's Day.  This pattern is based on the well-known Origami Money Shirt.  Do you remember?  We made a whole set of them a while ago from Monopoly Money.  However, this version is made from plain printer...

Heart-shaped Hot Air Balloons

Freshly Found received a commision to create a fleet (?) of heart-shaped paper hot-air balloons for a jewellery store client.  Because Valentine's day is imminent, we got to work tight away and completed the order in time for the build-up to the special day.  I...

Christmas Puzzle Wreaths from Recycled Papers

This set of Christmas Puzzle Wreaths were a delight to create from recycled materials.  Can you tell just what I used?  The puzzle pieces used for the round wreathes are obvious.  The book paper, used for the bow decor, was washed in paint - to mask the print and add...

Folded Book Buck – Springbok Trophy

Recently we completed a commission to create a Folded Book Buck Trophy!   You may have seen that years ago I had made a quick prototype.  Consequently I found the prospect of fine-tuning the design quite exciting.  We created a fair size herd.!  As a result a Freshly...

Print Proteas – Deconstructed Book Art

Years ago, we started out making our proteas as a form of deconstructed book art.  What a delight to make a new batch again  Our design has been refined and created out of many different papers over the years.  This batch is on its way to a special YPO...

Edson Chagas Print Metamorphed into Origami Cranes

I love to recycle!  Usually I recycle papers that are forgotten or destined to be pulped.  These paper origami cranes are on another level!  They are created from an Edson Chagas' Print. I picked it up a few days after the opening of The Zeitz Mocaa Museum  last year...

Decorative Geometric Shapes

We were recently commissioned to create a set of these geometric shape pieces as table decor for an event company.  We enjoyed making them, and now, as a result are delighted to add these polyhedron objects to our portfolio. Before I packed them into a box, I quickly...

Paper Origami Cranes and Lilies

We've just finished folding a few hundred origami shapes for a re-launch function in Johannesburg.  We created the traditional Japanese Origami Paper Cranes and Lilies for the event.  The launch of the Yellow Pages Online Directory. Not only did we create traditional...

Puzzle Pot – Perfect for Dry Arrangements

This textured grey puzzle pot with turquoise rings formed part of the Intellectual Property Exhibition at Alliance Francais in Durban earlier this year.  It was the first larger piece that I made from Puzzle pieces.  I had made some smaller simpler pieces for The...

Springbok Silhouette Mobile – Hand-cut Map Paper

I've been wanting to work with silhouettes of South African animals and this chandelier-mobile gave me the chance.  It is entitled Sit-Spring-Stand and is one of a trio that I am exhibiting at The Intellectual Property 2017 Exhibition at The Plant in...

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Paper Design Stories

Puzzle Piece ‘Pottery’ Light Pendants

I grew up in a home with my mom being passionate about puzzles. I have memories of her dining room table being filled bit-by-bit with the evolving image of a landscape, country-side scene or a map. They've kept her company, even now in the late years of her life. I've...

Create a Playing Card House

You need 21 playing cards to make a cute card house.  Its a great way to use up a pack with a missing or damaged card, You will be able to make 2 houses from 1 pack of cards. The whole process requires no cutting and no glue.  All you need is the cards, and a scoring...

Dip Dyed Serviettes – A Quick Dinner Decor Project

This is a fun and super quick way to give a dinner party a vibrant hand-crafted touch.  Quickly dip-dye paper serviettes (or napkins) in diluted food colouring, allow to dry and use! (Pictoral and video Instructions for making the dip dyed serviettes below) Dip dyed...

Paper Apples – handcrafted from books

We are keen to explore new directions in our paper work for clients, and were delighted to make up some paper apple prototypes from recycled books.  The apple shape, is a bit like the heart shape - familiar, simple and pleasing with soft curves. We were very happy...

Stage Design – Curtain of Paper Leaves

Recently I was involved in designing a paper installation for an exciting stage backdrop. The stage decor team at my church CityHill Hillcrest, decided on a paper leaf theme to coincide with Autumn and to have an beautiful opportunity to recycle discarded office...

Puzzle Wreath – Piece Together a Christmas Welcome

This year I created a Christmas wreath for our home from puzzle pieces.  A friend of mine had some children's puzzles with fairly large peices, which made ideal building blocks for this circular decoration. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to cover all the coloured...

Geometric Paper Desk Set

Stationery Storage - Desk set.  This is a variation on the paper terrariums from last week.  Follow the instructions, but cut out only 2 of the windows. This allows easy access, while partially obscuring the contents. I used paper from an old atlas.  It's really good...

Paper Terrarium DIY

It's been very pleasing to see beautiful angular terrariums in so many places lately.  The vibrant geometric shape softened by the fresh green leaves of the resident plants makes a great decor item. A paper terrarium is an innovative variation of the original -...

Design Indaba Creative Collab Durban

Tonight is the opening of the Creative Collab Durban.  An exciting exhibition with some amazing local talent. I've been setting up the Freshly Found display. The focus of the stand is the bespoke design installations we do.    To showcase this, we've produced a...