|A drop-spine case covered in paste paper and tied with a satin ribbon|
Wrapped up like a present, Magic Magic looks pretty and pink. Pretty harmless, huh? But presents are magic too. The mystery is incontrovertible.. Until the moment you unwrap a present, you never really know what's inside. Shake it to see if you can guess. Well, this present is silent. No rattling or clinking.
|A wrap around case and a book inside|
|A paper rack at Paper Mojo|
Recently, several of my students and I took a field trip to the local paper store, Paper Mojo, in Wake Forest, NC. Paper Mojo sells paper online at www.papermojo.com and has recently opened a storefront where the brides-to-be, mothers-to-be, fancy-party planners, collage artists, book artists and other devotees of pretty paper can walk in... and see and feel and purchase... the vast selection of decorative paper... in person. This tiny cubicle-of-a-store in the back corner of a pink-brick strip mall is a perfect example of what happens when one is under the spell of magic.
|Paper Mojo, Wake Forest, NC|
|Magic Magic paste paper and more|
|Paste papers, marbled papers, and Japanese chiyogami|
Symbols and motifs are repeated over and over on the handmade papers.
|The intaglio blue rose and the pagoda appear again and again...|
|Vibrant and lively... papers in action!|
|A paper candy wrapper at home among the exquisite marble and paste papers|
|Last page... blueberries and "Gargoyles Watched Over"|
To me each page is like a piece of string taffy, delicious! The papers lay in Magic Magic like Easter eggs in a basket... their pretty patterns and lovely colors as enticing and mesmerizing as any form of magic.
|Real handblown eggs covered in paper by Sara at Paper Mojo|
Paper is an odd sort of passion all on it's own and without the benefit of words or books to make it significant. ...But it has a softness in the folding that hints at an unlimited potential... a potential that can flower and grow into the most unexpected conclusion.
|Paper flowers at Paper Mojo|
May your passion have the magic to bring you much joy.