Meet the Maker - The Nature of Paper
We are all very excited about our first Cornish Christmas Market at the Godolphin Arms. We have a host of wonderful stall holders, including Pam Booth from The Nature of Paper
Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a self-taught paper artist, originally from a small town in Cheshire on the edge of the Pennine Moors, I moved with my family to Cornwall in 2004, I now think of Cornwall as my home.
In 2010 I took the decision to set up my own business, after enrolling on a Multimedia and Design course at Cornwall College the previous year, and handing in my notice at work. I embarked on the first leg of my self-employed journey as a freelance web designer, but it wasn’t long before I realised that sitting in front of yet another computer all day really wasn’t for me.
My lifelong passion for arts and crafts eventually led me to where I am today, a self-employed paper artist and owner of The Nature of Paper.
What do you make?
Taking inspiration from the beautiful, natural and architectural forms of flowers and nature, I work with different types of sustainably sourced paper to create unique pieces of art. From individual blooms to full backdrops of flowers, each item is individually crafted using small-scale production techniques and lots of lovely paper of course, sometimes with a bit of fun and quirkiness thrown in for good measure.
What can people expect to find on your stall?
My little business has taken me in many different directions over the last few years but this year I have decided to take things back to nature, so you can expect to see lots of flora and fauna inspired paper items including some botanical art, there will also be the return of a few favourites, like the twinkly lights and miniature globes.
Where did you get the idea to make your creations?
I actually can’t remember what inspired me to make my first paper flower, possibly something I saw on the internet or maybe a magazine, but for some reason, the idea stuck with me. I haven’t got a garden of my own, but with my creations, I’m always surrounded by flowers.
What is your favourite part about the process?
Actually seeing a flower come together is always rewarding, I can often spend hours studying photographs and botanical plates, or if I’m lucky actual flowers, although I prefer to leave those in the ground, and then cutting, shaping and colouring each individual part to create a finished piece.
What inspires you most?
Flowers, Nature, People, Stories ... so much inspiration just not enough time!
Describe your creations in three words
Inspired by nature
Where in Cornwall can you be found when not making and creating?
I think I spent more time out and about in Cornwall before I actually moved here permanently! But when I do manage to get a break from making it’s usually spent walking and discovering the beautiful coastal paths and numerous gardens and nature walks around the county and taking lots of pictures of flowers of course!
What is your favourite thing about Christmas in Cornwall?
What’s not to love ... I remember being in absolute awe the very first time I saw the lantern parade in Truro, I hadn’t seen anything like it before. There’s just so much to discover and do, you can’t help but join in the festive spirit and then of course theres a whole lot of fairs and markets to buy extra special gifts and treat yourself too.