We’re turning five – to celebrate we are giving away 800 prints for FREE!

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Happy Birthday to us, and Happy Holidays to YOU!

We turn 5 this month, and to celebrate we are doing something kind of crazy. We are giving away 800 prints this Holiday Season. Why? Because we love you and appreciate all your support over the years!

We have 200 print packs (with 4 prints each) that we are giving away FREE with every Gift Subscription purchased, while supplies last. Act fast these won’t last.

 

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That’s not all!

We have a range of other GREAT Holiday Offers until December 31, 2014.

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WOW – almost 1,000 people signed up for our Collage Scrap Exchange!

Holy smokes! A whopping 975 of you signed up for our Collage Scrap Exchange, co-hosted with Brown Paper Bag. That is REALLY exciting. It means that there will be a flurry of collage scraps flying around the globe for the next few months, culminating in an issue of Papirmass. We can’t wait to see the results!

People from all over the world have signed up. We have participants from Brazil, Germany, the UK, China, Israel, and many, many more countries. This is epic.

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The winner will receive a fantastic prize pack of a $250 value that includes a chance to be published in Papirmass plus so much more!!

Follow the hashtag #collagecontest on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram to see the results and works-in-progress.

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Read our interview with Sara Barnes of Brown Paper Bag herehttp://papirmasse.com/art/2014/inside-collage-scrap-exchange-interview-sara-barnes-brown-paper-bag

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Sook-Yin Lee: Writer Interview

“I’m drawn to stories about conflicted and intimate relationships.”

Sook-Yin Lee wields multiple mediums with impossible ease, and we are honoured to introduce her creativity in a new form in our next issue. You have likely encountered her energetic story-telling in some way before, from her early days as a MuchMusic VJ, to her time spent in Vancouver performance-punk band Bob’s Your Uncle, to her current gig as host of CBC Radio’s DNTO, or perhaps in her starring role in the cult hit Shortbus.
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She has expanded her foray into the visual arts in recent years with the photography exhibition We Are All Light Rays, the theatrical dance performance How Can I Forget? (performed with Ben Kamino), and musical and performance pieces recently performed with Adam Litovitz.
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Our December print features her comic debut, with an excerpt of a black and white wordless comic developed in secret over the past ten years. Art by the equally energetic and effervescent Jennifer Sanchez appears on the flip side.

Subscribe by November 20 to end your year with this exciting work.
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Hi Sook-Yin! For our readers who don’t know you, can you briefly introduce yourself?

I’m a self-taught filmmaker, musician, actor, visual and performing artist and broadcaster based in Toronto. I was born and raised in Vancouver. I host and co-produce the personal storytelling show DNTO on CBC Radio 1. Storytelling and the desire to communicate are common to all the forms I work in.
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You work is an astonishing array of media, from radio broadcasts, to acting and directing, musical performance, photography, dance, and now comics. Wielding different mediums with apparent ease, you are by-and-large a storyteller. Are there specific themes and narratives that you find yourself returning to time and again? 

There are recurring qualities, though I am not entirely aware of what they are. I’m drawn to stories about conflicted and intimate relationships. I am interested in contradiction, paradox and playful humour that helps the bitterness go down. It likely originates from my own troubled family life which was embattled by mental illness and violence. I often explore what can happen in the lives of girls and young women as they navigate a confusing and difficult world.
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 It’s unfinished without resolution, a locket-size portrait of a lost child.

 


You describe your contribution to Papirmass as “a never-before-seen-unfinished wordless comic I began over a decade ago.” How has your concept of this comic evolved over time, and is this the work in its entirety or an excerpt of a larger whole?

This is an excerpt from a longer strip (I included the panels that, to me, hang together best). At the time, I was intuitively drawing one image to the next without a lot of thought or premeditation. The pulse behind it was my sister Dede’s death when she was nineteen. Eventually this comic became too big an undertaking, so it remains here, in a difficult place called Undone. It’s unfinished without resolution, a locket-size portrait of a lost child. I still wrestle with how best to tell this story. One day I hope to convey it with clarity, but it will likely take on a different form, maybe a movie or a book.

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From the solo photography exhibition We Are Light Rays, at the Ottawa Art Gallery

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Your comic depicts a young girl adrift in an adult’s world, exploring the quest for selfhood, loneliness, and family dynamics (with great details, like the woman whose desk is adorned with selfies). Can you elaborate on the story and how it relates to your personal experience?

There is a lot going on in each panel loaded with autobiographical references. The Social Services office I’d go to as a teenager. In this dehumanizing institution, there are small details in how office workers decorate their cubicles that reveal much of their vibrant personal lives. There is the troll doll my friend cartoonist Chester Brown gave me that reminded him of me, and the iconic palm tree paradise Dede used to draw over and over again, even when things fell apart in her life. The child suffers injury and is quieted by a grotesque stuffed doll.  Paradise is left behind and someone tosses it in the garbage. The child returns home to a dark place weighted with silence. It’s here where she dreams and imagines.


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As a prolific creator working in a range of media, what’s the next creative itch you’d like to scratch? 

I have a two movies I’m developing, but movies take a long time to finance, so more immediately I’m working on a new dance narrative involving a girl-child and two women. We are in our first residency in a process that will take time to develop. I’m also putting out an album with my new band Jooj, with Adam Litovitz. That album will be released on Last Gang Records some time next year.

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Sook-Yin Lee is our December 2014 writer.
This is a taste of what’s to come when we release her print at the beginning of the month.

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$69 in North America, $99 Internationally. 

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Jennifer Sanchez: Artist Interview

“Graphic design is all around us.”

We close out the year with the vibrant art of New York City artist Jennifer Sanchez, whose layered geometric forms will surely chase away your winter blues! We caught up with Jennifer to discuss life in the studio, inspiration, and patterns. Read our exclusive interview below, and if you are not a subscriber, you’ve got until November 20 to sign up to get this art in your mailbox!

A never-before-seen comic by Sook-Yin Lee is on the flipside.

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Hi Jennifer! Could you introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m from Florida and live in New York City. I primarily use acrylic paint and Xerox transfers to make my paintings.

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Your piece for Papirmass is a beautiful, bright, geometric abstract work. This new turn to geometric forms is a slight departure from your earlier bodies of work, which featured many layers of swirling, circular forms. What lead to this new direction in your work? 

The boredom of working in that style. I wanted to simplify my paintings and be less concerned with having some sort of movement in them. Now I’m creating simpler, more straight forward paintings. I’m also taking more time to create and live with the paintings.

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Are there specific narratives or themes that you find yourself continually exploring in your work?

My color is usually bright and the shapes are basic geometric forms – those 2 things have always been constant. How I use them and the different aspects that I’m interested in at the time is what changes.  I don’t use any narratives. Sometimes people see things in my paintings & I think that’s fun & I enjoying hearing about that, but there’s isn’t any narrative intention at all.

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You have a background in Design. How does that inform your artistic practice?

Graphic design is all around us. Especially here in NYC w/advertisments all over the place. Good design, in any form, is always inspiring. I parse out the essential design & beauty that’s in an ad or other signage or package design & rework that into a painting. For instance, a food truck may have some great color combo & I bring that into a painting.

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You are incredibly prolific. What is your studio practice like? Are you in the studio at regular hours every day, and how do you balance creating art with the administrative duties that inevitably arise? 

My studio is in my apartment, and that makes things incredibly convenient and easy. My paintings are always around and I either make changes or add to paintings as the come, or make notes on the paintings for later. I don’t keep a strict schedule for my studio routine or office work. I’m fairly disciplined & motivated.

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What’s on your horizon for the next year?  Any new developments and exciting events?

I’ve started making patterns based on my on paintings. Completely mind blowing to see how the paintings are transformed when they’re mirrored & repeated to make a pattern. I’ve begun working w/an agent to sell these patterns to designers & it’s exciting to know that my work will reach an even bigger, broader audience. For the past few years I’ve been more aware how fashion designers work w/artists to create unique patterns for their labels & I’m itching for a collab like that….Diane von Furstenberg, Proenza Schouler are you listening?

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Jennifer Sanchez is our December 2014 artist.
This is a taste of what’s to come when we release her print at the beginning of the month.

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$69 in North America, $99 Internationally. 

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November Giveaway: Paper Pusher’s 2015 Isometric Risograph Calendar

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WIN Paper Pusher’s 2015 Isometric Risograph Calendar!
Enter your photo submission to this month’s Photomass November Giveaway
and this fantastic calendar could be yours.
Printed with fluorescent pink, blue and yellow soy-based inks this 100% recycled oatmeal-kraft paper calendar is the perfect addition to any home, office or studio.
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To enter for your chance to win a Paper Pusher calendar, share photos of your Papirmass prints via social media!
Limit of one submission per person.

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Photo Contest

PHOTOMASS CONTEST RULES: As always, entering is easy! We will pick our favourite photo
– of your favourite Papirmass print – at the end of the month. Limit to one submission per person.

Share your own photos and tag us to enter: #papirmass or @papirmass. Get snapping!

To enter your photo, simply post it to InstagramTwitter, or Facebook.

We will choose the winner on November 30.

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Issue 59: Sophie Lécuyer & Mary Pinkoski

Issue 59 is here! Featuring an illustration by French artist Sophie Lécuyer and a poem by Alberta spoken-word artist Mary Pinkoski, this print should warm you up on the coming chilly winter nights.

Buy it now for only $10.

 

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La Tatouée, by Sophie Lécuyer

There comes a moment when an image escapes its creator and becomes a screen onto which everyone can project their fantasies. Sophie Lécuyer revels in this moment. Her ink-stained hands dig out strange stories that walk the tightrope between tenderness and cruelty, creating puzzles for the viewer to assemble with imagination. She lives in Nancy, France. See more at sophielecuyer.ultra-book.com

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Faces, Like Gravity, Fall, by Mary Pinkoski

Recently awarded the position of Poet Laureate of Edmonton, Alberta, and contributing to Papirmass for a third time, Mary Pinkoski’s dynamic and visceral, intergenerational narrative of aging is both tender and terrifying. Performing across North America, Mary was named the most valuable poet at the 2011 Canadian National Poetry Slam. When not performing, she runs spoken word workshops for youth and adults. Learn more at marypinkoski.com, and see her previous contributions to Papirmass here and here.

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Paper Size: 9 x 12 inches
Image Size: 9 x 12 inches
Printing: CMYK Offset Lithography on coated cardstock
Ships Flat in a 9 x 12 inch envelope with a cardstock stiffener.

BUY IT HERE.

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October Giveaway WINNERS!

“It’s so nice to come home and find #art in the #mail.”.

Congratulations to @annychih, @collagevaliente, and @charlottemoynes for your winning Photomass submissions for this month’s giveaway!

Each of you will be receiving a copy of Collage by Danielle Krysa, aka The Jealous Curator!
Thanks to everyone for your submissions. We received so many amazing ones it was tough choosing the winners.

Our next Photomass Giveaway prize will be announced tomorrow – stay tuned.

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@annychih posted this photo to Instagram featuring Issue 58 and said: “It’s so nice to come home and find #art in the #mail. Thanks @vancouverangela! <3 #papirmass”.

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Photo Contest

Every month we choose our favourite photo and send the lucky winner a great prize! Stay tuned for monthly themes!

To enter your photo, simply post it to InstagramTwitter, or Facebook.
Just tag us and you’re entered – it’s that simple.
Tag #papirmass or @papirmass.

We will choose the next winner on November 30. Get snapping!

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Jennifer Sanchez: December Artist

Issue 60 artist Jennifer Sanchez‘s infectious paintings are so bright and layered that you can’t help but feel a little burst of energy while looking at them. She painstakingly builds layer upon layer, carefully leaving traces of what came before so that the process remains evident in the finished product. We thought that something so vivid would be a great way to end the year. So, as 2014 draws to a close, hang this on your wall and reflect on your own brightest moments from the past year. Not a subscriber? Fix that right now, so that a print by Jennifer arrives before the year is out.

Sook Yin-Lee‘s comic debut appears on the reverse.

And can we just say: we are five years old. Five! This is issue 60. SIX-ZERO. That is a pretty great feeling, and we must admit: we are pretty damn proud of this print. We love it, and we hope you will too. Subscribe by November 20 to receive it.

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Jennifer Sanchez is our December 2014 artist.
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October Giveaway Runner’s Up!


Thanks to everyone for your submissions to this month’s Photomass contest!
We received so many amazing ones that it was tough choosing the winners.

We loved all of your submissions so much that we wanted to post of a bunch of our favourite runners-up.

Our next Photomass Giveaway prize will be announced tomorrow – stay tuned.

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@heatherserena says:

“New #papirmass artwork on the top left. The light in my hallway is weird. Even with filters I can’t get it to be less…yellow.”
Whatever, Heather: we love your super cute wall set-up! What a great little gallery you’ve got.

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We love how this collage by @marinamolares, shared via Instagram, reminds us of Issue 35.

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Danielle Masseria shared this photo with us on Facebook, saying:

“Just landed on my desk !!!! I am so excited because Papirmass was so generous and surprised me with a gift of Melissa Del Pinto !!! How did they know that she was my friend and I have been dying for a work from her!!!!!!! Sometimes it pays to give back you never know how it effects someones day !!! Thank you Papirmass !!! You have no Idea how these 2 amazing artist have effected my addiction to art !!!”

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Another great collage by Photomass winner @collagevallente, shared via Instagram.

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@collagevallente is on fire – we love your layered flowers!

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And finally, we were quite taken with this little felt collage by @heysosi, who says:

“Each element of this composition is cut by hand,because there’s nothing more satisfying than
using your hands to create something. Happy weekend to everyone!!”

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Photo Contest

PHOTOMASS CONTEST RULES: As always, entering is easy! We will pick our favourite photo
– of your Papirmass prints – at the end of the month. Limit to ONE submission per person.

Share your own photos and tag us to enter: #papirmass or @papirmass. Get snapping!

To enter your photo, simply post it to InstagramTwitter, or Facebook.

We will choose the winner on November 30.

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PAPIRMASS x The Giller

We got together with some super pro OCADU Publications students to put together print packs for the Giller Light Bash!

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If you’re attending Canada’s preeminent literary awards in Toronto on November 10, 2014, you will receive a sample of Papirmass, including issue 58, featuring art by Hollie Chastain and poetry by Claire Caldwell!

Special thanks to Megan Yetman, Nyssa Komorowski, Lisa Elaine Frost, and Kirsten McCrea. Video by the always stellar Jp King of Paper Pusher Print Works in Toronto.

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