Paperwhites is a combination theme stemming from my love of paper ephemera & beachcombing. My first memory of collecting comes from being about three or four, wearing pink bikini bottoms with navy & white ties and on my hands & knees beachcombing the sandbar for the beautiful kelp shells that were washed up in huge rifts. They were all shades of pink from dusty grosgrain to rich aubergine, patterned with stripes, zigzags & solids. I would then take home the shells and find places to store them.
These days those same shell collections are safely packaged in the multitude of small cardboard boxes I own, filled with all of my other oddities and curious notions. Often alongside the paper ephemera that I’ve collected over the years: postcards, love letters, certificates, shelf liners, doilies, patty pans, the backs of botanical plates, flashcards, wrapped sugar cubes, and matchbooks. I am a long-time admirer of paper, it’s tones & finishes, from reams of standard snow-white copy paper to gorgeous crepe, onionskin, glassine, vellum, tissue, & tracing varieties.
The palette and texture that emerged from these two great loves of mine created this range of creamy whites through to soft whispery silver & golds, to barely there pinks and dirty purples. Think vintage Mother of Pearl, sea urchins & lovely old crunchy crepe papers.