paper art

Ali Harrison of Light and Paper

 
 

"It was a fateful day one December when, in search of a unique Christmas gift, Ali decided to try a new craft. Using a borrowed box cutter and her kitchen cutting board, Ali created her first papercutting. After falling in love with cutting paper, Ali armed herself with a sharper blade and an actual cutting mat, and Light & Paper was born. At first, all Light & Paper items were handcut originals - but when it was near impossible to keep up with orders, Ali decided to begin lasercutting her designs.

Preferring a blade to a pen, Ali first creates her designs by cutting paper by hand. These intricate, unique patterns are then transformed into a variety of fun lasercut housewares."

INTERVIEW:

How did you get into your art/craft?

I first tried out papercutting when I was looking for a unique Christmas gift to make for my aunt. I fell in love with the craft and a few months later started Light & Paper.

What do you like to listen to while you’re working? 

Podcasts! My favourites are This American Life, 2 Dope Queens, and NPR Politics.

Outside of your medium, what other types of art/design/etc are you inspired by?

Lately I've been so inspired and amazed by embroidery artists and the gorgeous work they are creating!

If you couldn’t be an artist/craftsperson, what would you love to be?

Something with animals - full time puppy cuddler? 

Ali in her studio.

Ali in her studio.

Where is your studio located? What’s your favourite thing about your city?

My studio is located in Toronto's West end. My favourite part of my city is Chinatown and Kensington market - it's right around the corner from my home, and I love walking through on Sunday mornings for dim sum, fresh produce and coffee.

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?

Amsterdam! My family is from Holland, and Amsterdam is the most lovely city in the world.

What do you love most about Canada?

The weather! I know we all like to complain about our winters, but I love having four very different seasons. I can't wait for the first snow of the season (but I'm sure I'll be regretting saying that in March).

Advent Ornament Calendar

Advent Ornament Calendar

Favourite thing to do with your “down time”.

During the busy holiday season it's spending time with my partner, my dog, and my television.

If you could go to dinner with ANYBODY, alive or dead, who would it be?

Gertrude Stein! (In Paris of course)

What brand/artist can you not get enough of?

I love the new items this season from our friends at Gotamago! Can't wait to get my hands on one of their new calendars!

What’s one thing you hope makes it big?

Our new ornament advent calendar! It was one of the toughest products to conceptualize, and seeing it come together has made me uncontrollably happy. 

 
Merry Christmas Wreath - Lasercut Wood

Merry Christmas Wreath - Lasercut Wood

 


Do you have a favourite book?

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and On Beauty by Zadie Smith

What’s one goal you’re working towards right now?

Surviving the holiday season ;)

Lastly, what’s your favourite thing to do over the holidays?

Drinking eggnog and watching Love Actually on Christmas Eve - our family tradition!

 

Sean Gadoury from Group of 7 Billion

 
 

"Group of 7 Billion is collage duo Caitlin Eady and Sean Gadoury. The duo live in Hamilton, Ontario, where the collages they create are all cut and pasted by hand. They draw inspiration from their large collection of vintage books and magazines, which they use for materials, and their works often contain narratives that range from surreal to haunting to humorous."

INTERVIEW:

How did you get into your art/craft?

Caitlin comes from an artistic family and I come from a family of weirdos. After hanging out for a long time and working in mixed media, we sort of settled into our current paper collage aesthetic.

What do you like to listen to while you’re working? 

We always listen to records while we're working. Some absolute favourites are Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sigur Ros, Deerhunter, Can, Fela Kuti.

Outside of your medium, what other types of art/design/etc are you inspired by?

Inspiration can come from many different places, such as work by other artists in the community working in all sorts of mediums, from nature and it's infinite complexity, to folk/outsider art and industrial design. From everywhere, really.

If you couldn’t be an artist/craftsperson, what would you love to be?

I would love to be a teacher because I love meeting people and sharing passion with others who have it too.

Art Print by Caitlin Eady

Art Print by Caitlin Eady

Art Print by Sean Gadoury

Art Print by Sean Gadoury

Where is your studio located?

Our studio is located in our home in lower Hamilton.

What’s your favourite thing about your city?

Hamilton has a really laid back feel where you can just be yourself. There's tons of great arts and culture

What do you love most about Canada?

We don't have to worry about Donald Trump being our Prime Minister.

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?

Anywhere there is pizza.

What brand/artist can you not get enough of?

I'd have to answer Godspeed You! Black Emperor again. Everything about their music is so awe-inspiring. Even though it's very dark and heavy stuff, their records are something that we listen to extremely often.

What's your favourite book?

Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

What do you do with your “down time”?

We have young kids so there isn't much downtime, but I like to go record shopping and drink beer.

What’s one goal you’re working towards right now?

Goals are always shifting and changing based on circumstances. With our art, we want to improve, and keep people and ourselves interested.  We love that people have it on their walls as part of their everyday lives, and are sharing it with their friends and families in their homes.

What’s your favourite thing to do over the holidays?

Listen to Beach Boys and Elvis Christmas cassettes and eat bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese.