I know it has been a few weeks since our last interview, but fear not this one in particular is worth the wait! Being a paper lover as well as blogger it is hard in some means to locate the absolute perfect sources for finding new artists working in the medium of paper and keeping up for that matter.
This quarterly magazine that we are featuring today provides everything from showcases of party planning to the latest and greatest paper artists and everything in between. They produce captivating stories that keep the reader intrigued with the latest events, showcases of new artists and trinkets for practically any viewers taste. Without further adieu I am happy to share the Australia-based quarterly magazine Paper Runway! Be sure to check out their latest issue (featured above) and be sure to sign up for the 5th issue!
Tell us a little about your backgrounds – what path led you to what you’re doing now?
Maree: As a graphic designer, a mum and a paper lover. After returning to Australia from living in London for 6 years with my husband and children I wanted to combine all these elements of my life somehow into a creative outlet, in the process of this I met Nikki. After many long phone calls, emails and some rather strange coincidences, our love of paper and design we started Paper Runway together. In between issues I freelance and also have Little Branch to fill in the hours between school/kindy runs!
Nikki: I have lived a bit of a nomad lifestyle moving quite often with my family when I was growing up. After leaving school I had high hopes of becoming a forensic psychologist but after working as a receptionist in a law firm I knew then that it was law that captured my passion. Having said that I was also torn and divided by the creative side of the brain and I yearned to make and create. I recall as a young girl making furniture and designing dolls clothes with my mum and grandmother. These days I do both, I work in family law for half the days and then Paper Runway for the other half. It’s a great balance, it’s a challenge but very rewarding.
How would you describe your process in choosing what is featured in the magazine?
It’s very much a collaboration of what we love. We bounce ideas off each other and then make our wish list and go from there. The process is quite challenging but exciting at the same time. There are so many wonderfully talented people out there that, that probably the hardest thing to do – cull the features. In each issue we have enough content to fill two or three magazines.
What are your goals and aspirations for the magazine?
Our goal is to continue to bring our readers inspiration and a magazine that they will continue to love. It would be great to hear Paper Runway become a household name for the lover of paper.
If your magazine had a soundtrack, what songs would be on it?
Probably the songs that we listen to while working away on the magazine, Coldplay (Paradise), Florence and the Machine (Dog days are over), Etta James (At last), Powderfinger, Inxs, Angus and Julia Stone, Crowded House, Sleeping At Last (Turning Page). A real mixtape!
Who is your favorite new paper related artist of 2011/2012?
Stuart McLaughlin, although not new to the art world he is phasing into paper cutting and installation. His work combined with dynamic photography is really well executed. (featured below)
What can we expect from you in the future?
Paper Runway’s future is looking brighter each day – there will be more inspiring interviews and features, more pages to the magazine, a new look (watch this space!), our website is having a major revamp, we will be introducing new contributors and team members and a studio somewhere between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.
Are you involved in any upcoming shows or events? Where and when?
We certainly are but we can’t reveal too much at the moment but let’s just say it will be a first of many and of course it involves paper!
UPDATE: Paper Runway will be hosting an event entitled The Paper Trail, which will be held in Byron Bay May 25th-27th. Coinciding with the magazine’s first birthday, it will feature paper workshops for all ages with leading artists and paper product designers including Kim Amos, Anne Leon, Craig Rochfort and Kate Ford. Workshops will include paper making, creating paper zines, book binding, the art of paper cutting.
If you could collaborate with anyone in this world, dead or alive, who would it be?
That’s a tough one. Deanne Cheuk, David Carson, Alexey Brodovitch, Todd Selby…
What are your favorite websites/publications?
Magazines: The Wrap, Grafik, Empty, Dumbo Feather…
Websites: There are just way too many to list… The Design Files, Strictly Paper – of course, Behance, Pinterest, Upon a Fold
What are you most proud of?
Watching Paper Runway grow, gain momentum, recognition and seeing it stocked on shelves. Probably the proudest moment was opening the first box of printed magazines, there were lots of squeals and happy dances.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our viewers?
Believe in your instincts and intuition, take a chance, do what you love. Smile each day and be thankful and grateful often. We are so fortunate that we are doing something each day that gives so much pleasure.
We thank you so much Maree and Nikki for taking the time to answer our questions, what a great interview! Also thank you for coming up with such a lovely magazine concept for all the paper lovers out there! To our viewers, be sure to post below with your thoughts and if you know of any artists that work with paper that you would like to be interviewed be sure to shoot us an e-mail.