ABOUT STUDIO LUPINO
"There is beauty in everything around us, if we look for it."
For as long as I can remember, I’ve collected snippets of beauty wherever I find them. I have quotes, train tickets, inspiring packaging, photos from magazines, scraps with words heard in passing tucked into every nook and corner of my life. There is beauty in everything around us, if we look for it. I think there is a magic to words and how they can make us feel; how they can connect us to others and touch at things we can’t always express.
Through my artwork, I try to share the glimpses of beauty and magic I discover. I believe handmade things are important in our lives because they connect us to the maker. But equally as lovely is for the artist to feel they’ve sparked something in the viewer. I love hearing the stories that come back to me about where my work traveled, who the words touched or helped.
The papers for the stitched notes are made in Amalfi, Italy by Cartiera Amatruda, one of the most renowned papermaking centers in Europe since 1380. They still use many traditional methods that were developed in the Middle Ages. Each quote is typed by hand on my 1939 Underwood typewriter. Each card is then passed five times through my sewing machine in my studio in Denver. As each card is made by hand, they will all have slight variations.
"I have made collages for as long as I can remember. No surface was safe, I covered my bedroom door, notebooks, purses, a sash for a dress, anything! It wasn’t until I studied abroad in Italy that I discovered handmade papers. I started making cards to send to friends and family back home. I’m always making things, throwing a dinner party so I can make invitations, making Christmas gifts. It’s the best when someone else can have what you’ve made."
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