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 - my body in darkness

My body in darkness, The singular stain that love illumines.

my body in darkness - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com
my body in darkness - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

(cut-up vintage text, vintage illustration, mica, paper, card, thread, vintage eye fastener)

7,3x9x1cm / 2.9"x3.5"x0.4"

for sale here

my body in darkness - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

Details, details. I still spend possibly way too much time considering different options. I'm currently trying to get better at making decisions and then committing to those decisions. In life, and in art, too. I've made some headway on both fronts. I found myself a beautiful home for the summer on Thursday - almost four months of uninterrupted writing time ahead of me if I so please. I decided to keep the Paperiaarre Etsy shop open at least until the end of May, since I'm able to ship at least weekly even after my change of scenery. And for the rest of the summer I'll probably just put it in vacation mode to create as distractionless a writing space for myself as possible. Trying to illumine the darkness that is the muddle I call a manuscript. In all honesty, it's not a muddle at all, but it does need a lot of work given the plans I have for it.

my body in darkness - mixed media collage by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

How do you create space for your creative endeavours if you have a lot on your plate? I know skipping town for months is pretty drastic, but it was a possibility I didn't want to pass. For the past year and a half I've managed different projects through list making and my trusty bullet journal, but now it's time to prioritize writing my poetry book and see what Helsinki is like in the summer time.

everything fades - an artists' book

Everything Fades - an artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.comEverything Fades is a tiny scroll of barely visible typewritten text on handmade indigo sunn hemp paper housed in a vintage pocket watch case, housed in a metal leaf decorated wrapper tied with navy silk ribbon, housed in a slipcase that also features those barely visible lines that repeat on the scroll: "everything fades. so soon. not soon enough." - The scroll actually has more text between those repeating lines, but let's let those beautiful things fade away in peace.

This artists’ book is my entry for the #AreYouBookEnough Instagram bookbinding challenge. The challenge has a changing monthly theme, and the March theme was ‘time’. This month the theme is 'nature walk', and the challenge is open to bookbinders of all levels - more details here. I have a busy, busy, busy month ahead of me, so I'll probably have to skip the challenge this time. Do check out the hashtag to see what everyone else made for the March challenge, and there'll soon be progress photos of the new work other people are creating around the April theme, too!

What I found interesting browsing through the books made for this theme 'time' was that there was so much blue and/or round books (also some wonderfully nerdy time travel books!). Perhaps it's the blue of a night sky that reminds us of the things that are eternal from the human point of view, and while doing so reminds us of the brevity of our time on Earth. And there are no corners in time, no place to stay put just for a moment before moving on with your life. The hands of a watch go round and round, and even when we do something like turn the clocks for daylight savings, it's just a minor hiccup - the watch hands never stray from their track. And of course, time keeps passing, no matter what happens to the fragile instruments we use to tell time. Repeatedly I find myself thinking of a human life as an arc of a circle, or a spiral, so large we can never find ourselves where we began. What else could it be?

Everything Fades - an artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

If you want to take a closer look at the night sky blue and the repeating round shapes of my artists' book: more photos and details below.

Everything Fades - an artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

Everything Fades - an artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

Everything Fades – an artists’ book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017

(vintage watch case, handmade indigo Sunn hemp paper, board, leaf metal, silk ribbon, typewritten text)

4,6×5,2x1 cm / 1.8″x2"x0.4"

Everything Fades - an artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

Everything Fades - an artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com

Everything Fades - an artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2017 / www.paperiaarre.com