5 Questions With Paragraph Cove

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I was lucky enough to meet Esther of Paragraph Cove while I was out in Portland for the Summit of Awesome. She was selling at a market near the Summit, and I was pretty much smitten with her wares right away!

1. Tell me about how you got started crafting.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been playing with bits of paper, wood, and fabric. My mom always encouraged my sisters and me to make things with our hands. We spent many afternoons making things with Popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, Friendly Plastic (remember that stuff?), beads and whatever else we could get our hands on. One of my favorite crafting memories is coloring white satin ribbon with markers…my version of tie-dye.
I started making envelopes when I was a teenager. My love of envelopes was rekindled about two years ago. When I moved back to Oregon after attending art school in the Bay Area. To keep in touch with my friends in California I began making envelopes and cards. They encouraged me to explore marketing my creations.

2. What draws you to eco-friendly materials?
I have an affinity for old things. I scour libraries, estate sales and thrift stores in search of discarded books. There is a sense of nostalgia within the pages that I’m drawn to. My current obsession is books printed in the sixties and seventies. I love the color saturation and style.

3. What inspires you?
I live on the Oregon coast. I’m incredible inspired by the landscape and wildlife. I have great blue herons nesting in my backyard right now. It’s a pretty amazing place!

4. Who are your crafty heroes?
Jill Bliss, Sabrina Ward Harrison, Mary Lou Zeek, and Kaliisa Conlon

5. Where can folks find your work?
You can purchase my upcycled stationery at paragraphcove.etsy.com.
Visit my blog at www.paragraphcove.com.

Are you an eco-friendly crafter? If you’d like to be interviewed as part of the 5 Questions series, just contact me!

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