This is brilliant.
I Wrap You is a mall-based wrapping paper printing company that will take a snap of you and make wrapping paper out of it on the spot. Only available at that Plaza Ginza shopping center in Tokyo, Japan but hey, it’s a good enough idea so I hope it comes to the US.
I’ve been doing something like it for years: I use prints that didn’t work out as wrapping paper but alas, they’re on heavy cotton rag which isn’t great for wrapping gifts. The idea of printing on wrapping paper is brilliant. Makes me wish I’d bought a higher-end Epson printer that took roll paper. I could buy brown or white wrapping paper on a roll and print on it.
I’ve been working on origami boxes and decided to dive into my stash of handmade papers I’ve been collecting for years. This paper feels like a wool-cotton blend although I have no clue what the fibers are made of. It stretches the idea of what paper is. I like that.
I’ve been collecting handmade paper for many years now and recently I found some amazing paper made out of cross sections of thinly sliced vegetables and fruit. This is very thin and translucent paper with the consistency of parchment and I’m totally in love with the patterns and colors it makes when pressed in this form.
I hung it so as to back light it with natural light from a skylight although if I had a light table that would have worked too.
Carrot Paper Closeup
Kiwi Paper Closeup
Orange Paper Closeup
Any time I’m in LA I have to visit a small store in Santa Monica that caries a great assortment of handmade Japanese papers. I just can’t get enough of these patterns and the textures are luscious too.