My childhood collection of Victorian scrap - www.paperiaarre.com

accumulator seriali – part 33

My childhood collection of Victorian scrap - www.paperiaarre.com

One last hello from me to you in 2016! I’m a hoarder of many kind of things, but holiday decorations have never been a big interest of mine. I enjoy making holiday decorations, but actually decorating my home isn’t likely to happen. So, the vast majority of my Christmas-themed belongings is actually formed by these Victorian scraps of my childhood scrap collection. (More about the collection in my last Accumulator Seriali blog post.)

This post is the last scheduled post in the Accumulator Seriali blog post series for now, but should I find myself with excess time in 2017 I may share some more finds from my personal collections and accumulations. I want to thank you all for following along and leaving me sweet comments throughout the series!

My childhood collection of Victorian scrap - www.paperiaarre.com

The number of angels and Santas in my scrap collection runs in the hundreds. No better occasion to share them with you than today of all days!

I hope to see you again next year when I continue blogging about my bookbinding and mixed media projects – Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to each and every one of you! Now it’s time for us to listen to the Christmas Peace declaration and enjoy the holidays.

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handmade long stitch photo album with distressed gold spine and natural linen covers by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

glimmer in darkness – long stitch photo album

handmade long stitch photo album with distressed gold spine and natural linen covers by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

Today is one of the darkest days of the entire year here in the North. In Jyväskylä the day length is 5 hours 3 minutes – it’s also cloudy, rainy, and generally just not great by any measure. To me that sounds like a good day for a small hibernation to start. I finished the last bookbinding project of the year late last night, took some detail photos of it at awkward angles by the window (there really isn’t any room for non-awkward photography there), packed it all away to be properly photographed and added to the shop come January and brighter days.

handmade long stitch photo album with distressed gold spine and natural linen covers by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

This bleak week of rain and darkness needed something a bit more cheerful, so I made a natural linen long stitch photo album with a distressed gold spine. Now my studio is decorated for the holidays with specks of leaf metal glimmering pretty much everywhere I look. Tidying up can wait until 2017.

handmade long stitch photo album with distressed gold spine and natural linen covers by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

The inner covers are lined with Nepalese gold print paper, and the edges of the album pages are hand torn for a rough edge finish.

handmade long stitch photo album with distressed gold spine and natural linen covers by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

Such a pleasant sight, an open book at rest. Now it’s time for me to rest, too. I will stop by for a quick Christmas Accumulator Seriali greeting later this week, but the studio door is closed for the rest of 2016. Time for sleep, yoga, good food, and writing poetry.

 

The fiction that results from feeling - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 / www.paperiaarre.com

mixed media monday – the fiction that results from feeling

The fiction that results from feeling - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 / www.paperiaarre.com

“The fiction that results from feeling.” Something I cut from a Wallace Stevens poetry book years ago. The end of the year seems like a good moment for finishing touches. This field wanderer and the Wallace Stevens line have been hanging out as a couple on my desk for all of 2016, so it was only appropriate to finally build a mixed media collage around them before another year begins. I had planned something more elaborate for them, but in the end it didn’t feel right, and I went with my usual minimally layered style.

The fiction that results from feeling - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 / www.paperiaarre.com

(vintage photo, cut up vintage poetry book, vintage illustration, vintage book page, vintage watch parts, vintage book spine, lokta paper, board, twine)

11,9×15,2×1,5cm / 4.7″x6″x0.6″

The fiction that results from feeling - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 / www.paperiaarre.com

While there are some people in the distance, the field wanderer seems like a lonely fellow to me. Maybe I’m just projecting, but in any case I do like the melancholy feel of this man walking away.

The fiction that results from feeling - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 / www.paperiaarre.com

Luzula pilosa – a common thing, not much of a looker, but this close up illustration of its flower is a beauty. Modest looking things can hide beautiful details.

The fiction that results from feeling - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 / www.paperiaarre.com

I hope all of you have a stress-free week and are able to enjoy the time leading up to the holidays. I had a great Saturday selling my books locally, and I’ve sort of gone into vacation mode already. Some small projects still in the works, but my main focus is on the 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle on the dining table.

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