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Featured Seller: Paper Statement

Mar 21, 2012

by dorisse

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
My real name is Doris, but when I studied in Italy, the Italians couldn’t pronounce my name — it sounded like “Dorisse.” Soon, this became my nickname among friends, and finally my artist and label name. In my Etsy shop, Paper Statement, I offer jewelry made of paper and cardboard.

After studying art history and Italian literature, I worked as a tour guide in Italy during the summer, leading people through museums and cities such as Milan, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Naples, Pompeii and Palermo. In the colder season, I taught Italian in Germany and began to love this work. So I studied teaching German as a foreign language, and teaching German is now my day job. I need both sides in my life: working with people and creating at home. Since the birth of my six-year-old-daughter, my life is more calm and structured. We live now in my hometown near Munich, Germany, in an exceptionally supportive little neighborhood.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I really like my work as a German teacher. Where else do you have the chance to know so many interesting people from all over the world who are staying in your own little town? Getting to know different cultures and ways of thinking, and recognizing that there are so many different ways to live makes the mind free from established patterns and beliefs.

I pass my free time with my daughter and by playing piano, reading, dancing, and gardening during summer time.

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
I Did It My Way. This line from the Frank Sinatra song encouraged me so often during difficult times.

Where does your inspiration come from?
A friend of mine started calling me an “Ornamentist” years ago. Yes, I love ornaments, structures, textures and patterns — the repetition of identical elements. I like amorphous soft shapes, asymmetry, proportion and color combinations. I can find them everywhere.

What does handmade mean to you?
Something new, well-planned, elaborate and aesthetically ambitious that is precisely crafted — these are my criteria for quality in handmade things. That is what I aspire to create for a lifetime.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
Without my mother, who always insisted on handmade gifts, I certainly would not have experimented with so many different techniques.

Nowadays, I have a “family quality control,” which is when a prototype passes the critical eyes of my sister (I adore her taste for vanguardia), as well as the three architects in my family (my father, brother and sister-in-law). Their comments are often inspiring, and if they like the object, I am sure that I am on the right path. Recently, my gallerist is very important, because she is convinced that I am an artist and encourages me to make more art than craft.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
At 13, I sold my bead jewelry to fellow students. At 18, I was convinced I was an artist. At 21, I realized that I was not, and studied art history and registered my craft shop. I’ve always been creative: knitting, crocheting, sewing, making Venetian masks, bead jewelry, Christmas ornaments, mosaic, painting on glass, silk and porcelain (my other Etsy shop is ArtOnPorcelain) and, of course, painting. Being creative is my life.

How would you describe your creative process?
Once I have a new project, I work all the details out in my mind. I lay on my back with closed eyes, experimenting with variants and the technical realization. I always have a little sketchbook with me where I am fixing ideas. Once I know what I have to do, the execution is a relatively mechanical procedure. For fading out my wandering mind (there are always so many things that have to be done), I listen to audio books while I’m working. In order to solve technical problems, I check out lots of books with craft instructions.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
I would like to know Leonardo da Vinci, whom I admire as uomo universale. His studies, research, projects and inventions were groundbreaking, and his engineering work was way ahead of his time. In the Museo Leonardiano, I saw realizations of his construction designs in the engineering work … incredible!

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I have several works by artist friends that are important to me, but I cherish most the socks my grandma knitted for the whole family until she passed away. They all ended up with me, and I’ll wear and darn them forever.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
When I do not feel the urge to create, I enjoy the break and try to do things I usually don’t have time for. That is, until I feel the itch in my fingers again (usually very soon).

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I would like to be just as independent and free as I am now to create whatever and whenever I want, without external pressures and force. I want to experiment with new techniques and materials and acquire more technical skills (such as bookbinding, upholstery and welding). Somewhere along the way I’d love to have the chance to make some huge sculptures and installations.

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Hanging Ornament of folded Books
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Abstract Sculpture, Book Art: Carafe II, Book Sculpture
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Necklace OMBRA turquoise made of book pages and papers
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Necklace OMBRA gray made from book pages and gray papers
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Book Art: The Perfume I, Book sculpture, Made to order
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Book Art: Pilcher
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Book Necklace - Pendant made of Book Pages
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Ombre turquoise: Dangle Earrings made of cardstock
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Statement Ring - made of Book Pages and colored papers - size 7
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Book Art: Hanging Ornament - folded Book
Book Art: Hanging Ornament - folded Book
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Statement Earrings - Dangles - made of book pages
Statement Earrings - Dangles - made of book pages
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NEW: waved corrugated cardboard - Large sheets 13"x 9"  for crafting
NEW: waved corrugated cardboard - Large sheets 13"x 9" for crafting
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Folded Book Art - VIDEO Tutorial for hanging book ornaments
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Extra Fine corrugated cardboard - Large sheets 13"x 9"  for crafting - white
Extra Fine corrugated cardboard - Large sheets 13"x 9" for crafting - white
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$3.40 USD
Paper Necklace made of poppy red cardstock: CARTA
Paper Necklace made of poppy red cardstock: CARTA
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Book Art: Homo Faber - Book Sculpture
Book Art: Homo Faber - Book Sculpture
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Book Art: Blackbox - Book sculpture No. 59
Book Art: Blackbox - Book sculpture No. 59
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Paper Necklace LUNA MEDIUM made of Corrugated Cardboard
Paper Necklace LUNA MEDIUM made of Corrugated Cardboard
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$59.00 USD
Book Art: Flacon II, Book Sculpture, altered book
Book Art: Flacon II, Book Sculpture, altered book
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Night Train to Lisbon - Book Art: folded Book Sculpture
Night Train to Lisbon - Book Art: folded Book Sculpture
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Book Art: Eva Luna - Big Book Sculpture
PaperStatement
$77.00 USD
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DIY Pattern or template for the book sculpture - The Perfume I
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Shades of blue: Statement Necklace FILA with Beads of Corrugated Cardboard
Shades of blue: Statement Necklace FILA with Beads of Corrugated Cardboard
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Assorted: one sheet of each color - 20 Large sheets 13"x 9" corrugated cardboard for crafting
Assorted: one sheet of each color - 20 Large sheets 13"x 9" corrugated cardboard for crafting
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$14.00 USD
About 400 Paper Circles with hole in the center - cardstock die cut
About 400 Paper Circles with hole in the center - cardstock die cut
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Poppy Red: Set PALLA - earrings and necklace
Poppy Red: Set PALLA - earrings and necklace
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Statement Necklace made of book pages and papers: apricot and turquoise
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light gray: Necklace PERLA - Made of Paper
light gray: Necklace PERLA - Made of Paper
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red-orange: Necklace PERLA - Made of Paper
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Two colors: Dangle Earrings made of cardstock
Two colors: Dangle Earrings made of cardstock
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Statement Necklace made of black paper: CARTA L
Statement Necklace made of black paper: CARTA L
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Book Sculpture - The X-Files - folded Book Art
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$49.00 USD
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White: Statement Earrings PALLA - made of corrugated cardboard
PaperStatement
$19.40 USD
4 Large Sheets of corrugated crafting cardboard - 33 cm x 23 cm = 13" x 9"
4 Large Sheets of corrugated crafting cardboard - 33 cm x 23 cm = 13" x 9"
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$2.90 USD
Ombre grey: Dangle Earrings made of cardstock
Ombre grey: Dangle Earrings made of cardstock
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$24.60 USD
DROP Earrings made of corrugated cardboard
DROP Earrings made of corrugated cardboard
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$19.40 USD
8 Large sheets 13"x 9" corrugated cardboard for crafting
8 Large sheets 13"x 9" corrugated cardboard for crafting
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$5.50 USD
4 Large sheets 13"x 9" corrugated cardboard for crafting
4 Large sheets 13"x 9" corrugated cardboard for crafting
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$2.90 USD
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NEW: golden or silver corrugated cardboard - Large sheets 13"x 9" for crafting
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Tutorial: DIY cutting a book sculpture
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REFILL for the DIY-Kit: Necklace with Beads of corrugated paper
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$8.50 USD
Bracelet CARTA Ombra gray
Bracelet CARTA Ombra gray
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$74.00 USD
Book Art: Diamond - folded Book Sculpture
Book Art: Diamond - folded Book Sculpture
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$29.00 USD
Book Sculpture - Cylinder - folded Book
Book Sculpture - Cylinder - folded Book
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$20.40 USD
DIY Pattern or template for cutting 4 hanging ornaments
DIY Pattern or template for cutting 4 hanging ornaments
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$11.00 USD
poppy red: Bracelet CARTA - paper jewelry
poppy red: Bracelet CARTA - paper jewelry
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Bracelet CARTA made of paper circles- paper jewelry
Bracelet CARTA made of paper circles- paper jewelry
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$38.00 USD
Statement Bracelet - made of black paper - CARTA
Statement Bracelet - made of black paper - CARTA
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DIY Tutorial - Patterns for 6 different Book sculptures: instant download
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Earrings PALLA Small
Earrings PALLA Small
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$19.40 USD
Last minute: DIY Pattern or template to make the book sculpture - The Perfume II
Last minute: DIY Pattern or template to make the book sculpture - The Perfume II
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Black Statement Necklace - Made of Paper - PERLA
Black Statement Necklace - Made of Paper - PERLA
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Book Art: The secret Wisdom - Book sculpture No. 48
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Greenery: Dangle Earrings CARTA made of paper
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orange: Dangle Earrings CARTA made of paper
orange: Dangle Earrings CARTA made of paper
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All Colors: Necklace CARTA
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ombre gray: Statement Necklace FILA with Beads of Corrugated Cardboard
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Golden and Black: Necklace LUNA made of Corrugated Cardboard
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Crystal: Hanging Ornament - folded Book Art
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Silver: Statement Necklace FILA with Beads of Corrugated Cardboard
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