West Auckland paper artist launches DIY book video

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Glen Eden paper artist Liz Constable works with paper to produce art that she describes as magical.

Turning a little piece of paper into something magic is Liz Constable's stock and trade. 

The book artist and author said she loved what can happen with paper, imagination and a bit of time. 

Constable also liked to share this art with others.

Liz Constable is a paper artist based in Glen Eden, west Auckland. Her new book, Do-it-yourself Notebooks id being ...
DEBRIN FOXCROFT

Liz Constable is a paper artist based in Glen Eden, west Auckland. Her new book, Do-it-yourself Notebooks id being launched in New Zealand on October 19.

So much so, that the Glen Eden-based artist is about to launch a do-it-yourself book on how to make notebooks and other paper crafts. 

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This is Constable's second book. Her first publication, One Small Drop, was a story of unhappiness and transformation told through both words and design.

Tools of paper art.
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Tools of paper art.

"I went to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2015 with my first book to see if it would sell. The reach was beautiful," she said. 

"I saw that the world is full of people who love books."

However, interest in her work came from an unexpected corner. 

"While there, I realised that my audience was people who want to learn how to make the books themselves," she said. 

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A German publishing house contracted Constable to produce a DIY book on paper craft.

The English version of the book is being launched in New Zealand on October 19 through Little Island Press.

Constable uses coffee or tea to add colour and texture to her paper. Shapes, cut outs and lettering give detail.

The bohemian journals, envelopes, stitched books and other paper art elicit delight from people who see them.

Working in a studio set up in her garage, Constable said her work was about taking a piece of paper and making it into something special.

"It has taken time but I now see my work as a piece of art," she said.

 - Stuff

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