mixed media monday - watch case necklaces

So far Helsinki has welcomed me with nothing but love - I'm so glad to be here for the summer. Here I can open my windows to the park and listen to birdsong and the shell chandelier that turns into a wind chime with the lightest breeze. Here is full of light. And I am light as well.

mixed media collage watch case pendant necklaces by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

Some of you may have seen on Instagram that I was forced to abandon my fine binding project I blogged about last Thursday. My recurring wrist issues decided to show up after a blissful break of a year and a half. And because of my years of experience in semi-chronic tendonitis in both wrists I also know that pushing through it at the first signs of pain most likely leads to months of serious pain and inability to make stuff. So, no fine binding right now. Maybe I'll bind another light-on-the-wrists version of the same book later this month when my wrists have had a chance to recover a bit.

Before this whole wrist pain episode I finished this trio of collage pendant necklaces created from vintage watch cases hung on silk cords. They won't be listed in my shop as I'm closing it for the summer next week, but you can contact me directly if you're interested in purchasing one (50€ each including worldwide shipping).

mixed media collage watch case pendant necklace by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

not so silly

mixed media collage watch case pendant necklace by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

take the sea with you

mixed media collage watch case pendant necklace by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

ask for spontaneous trouble

mixed media collage watch case pendant necklace by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

Each collage is protected by a layer of mica, and each pendant comes with a long hand-dyed silk cord you can tie to the desired length. And as you see below, these pendants have signs of wear from their previous life as pocket watch cases, but in my opinion the wear only adds to the charm.

mixed media collage watch case pendant necklace by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

Lots of love to you all. I'm honored to have you follow my creative projects.

mixed media monday - watch case pendants

mixed media watch case pendants by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 - www.paperiaarre.com Time for fair and lovely things! Also, I just realised this is my 700th blog post! It's surprisingly easy to forget I've been doing all this for over 9 years! I'm so patting myself on the back for this accomplishment.

mixed media watch case pendants by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 - www.paperiaarre.com

This trio of vintage watch case pendants is the result of me trying to be less precious with my beautiful raw materials. Mission accomplished, this time! I've been hanging on to these watch cases for long enough now, and the funny thing about it is that I've known all along what I want to make with them. It just took a little (or lots of) creative advice dished out by the fab Jealous Curator on her ART FOR YOUR EAR podcast (I've been binge listening, so I have no idea which episode pushed me into movement - I recommend each and every episode!) before I could take on the task of putting these pendants together.

A lucky lady already bought the middle one off my Instagram, but the other two will be available later today in the Paperiaarre shop. Still in time to arrive by Christmas, hint, hint...

mixed media watch case pendants by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 - www.paperiaarre.com

mixed media watch case pendants by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 - www.paperiaarre.com

"together is found here in great quantities"

Couldn't be more true! - I'm fully taken over by some year-end sugary-syrupy gratefulness for all the togetherness you've shown me this past year. While all that sugar doesn't generally fit my personality, I'm just going to embrace it. This year has been the best of all the nine Paperiaarre years. Thank you, my loves!

mixed media watch case pendants by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 - www.paperiaarre.com

Usually this time of the year I've been hard at work on the non-Christmassy advent calendar - always enjoying it, but usually also struggling with the sheer volume of work to be done in a very limited time (yeah, yeah, I could just manage my time better and start earlier, but that's just not something I'm able to do). Creating these watch case pendants satisfied my desire to work small, and it was also very rewarding to have a December project be done within mere days of starting it. Selfish, selfish! I refuse to feel guilty about it, though. I find my best work gets done when I enjoy making it the most, so basically you directly benefit from my selfishness, too.

mixed media watch case pendants by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 - www.paperiaarre.com

I wish you all lots of laughter and nonsense this December Monday! Have great week, make stuff, love more!

poetry awards

Nihil Interit poetry awards 2016 - handmade by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com Now, a secret project finally revealed! Earlier this year I was honored with the task of making the awards for the annual Finnish Nihil Interit poetry awards. I won't go into the background here much since hardly any of you know Finnish (you can read more about Nihil Interit on their website if you do), but the idea is that the poetry award objects are commissioned from other poets. I'm certainly a fan of this to poets from poets idea!

Nihil Interit poetry awards 2016 - handmade by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

Last Friday these "poetry medals" were presented to the poets Pauliina Haasjoki and Leevi Lehto at Turku Book Fair, and I can finally share them here with my readers. I've been pretty excited about these ever since I finished these some weeks ago, so it's about time! The boxes I already blogged about, impatient as I was.

I was given a free hand to create whatever I wanted, which was such an ideal situation to start with in this case. Even though I'm best known as a bookbinder (and a poet) I opted to create medals for the award winners instead of handmade books. I'm not ashamed to admit I'm drawn to objects that are more special and less everyday, when given the opportunity (not to say my notebooks are bland and boring), and award ceremonies are perhaps one of the most obvious situations where the object presented is mainly symbolic and usually entirely decorative. I wanted to play along with traditions and still come up with something unexpected.

Nihil Interit poetry awards 2016 - handmade by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

The linen covered presentation boxes feature hidden magnets to hold the medals in place by the pin.

Nihil Interit poetry awards 2016 - handmade by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

My new-to-me typewriter was put to use for the first time as I repeatedly typed the word runo (Finnish for poem) onto linen and featherweight Japanese tissue. The tissue was then adhered to a sheet of translucent natural mica. Mica can be split into ever thinner and more translucent layers, more times than you'd first imagine. To me, mica was really the starting point of this project: its naturally occurring shapes, its ethereal translucency, and it's multi-layered structure, they all formed too delicious a parallel to poetry to pass by the opportunity to bring the two together.

Nihil Interit poetry awards 2016 - handmade by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

And finally, some minimalistic diplomas to go with the awards:

Nihil Interit poetry awards 2016 - handmade by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

Centering stuff on a typewriter... Let me tell you - it's hard, especially for a beginner! I'm glad our new neighbours didn't come knocking on our door to complain after I'd spent the better part of two hours banging my typewriter somewhat aggressively.

I now want to say huge thanks to Oskari (who gave me the typewriter - it's awesome and I love it even when my fingers hurt), to O-P (who kindly made sure the awards ended up in Turku when I wasn't up to travelling), and most importantly to Nihil Interit ry for trusting me with this wonderful task!

Tallenna

mixed media monday - the moment necklace

the moment - mixed media necklace by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 / paperiaarre.com The moment. It seems to elude me lately, so I have very little to say today. Instead of words I leave you with this mixed media necklace I made during the weekend.

the moment - mixed media necklace by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 / paperiaarre.com

The vintage watch case collage pendant hangs from a lovely hand-dyed silk cord. I left the cord long so that you can freely adjust the length to your liking. A sheet of natural mica protects the collage.

the moment - mixed media necklace by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 / paperiaarre.com

vintage watch case, vintage photo, vintage graph paper, cut up vintage text, mica, wire, silk cord

the pendant is a little under 5cm / 2" in diameter

the moment - mixed media necklace by Kaija Rantakari, 2016 / paperiaarre.com

Lots of wear from earlier life. I hope this piece will get lots of wear in its future life, too. You can find this in my shop later this afternoon.