Kris Zorko

A paper artist I know uses the phrase “Joy in the Making” in her email signature. That strikes a chord with me. I’ve always taken great delight in the creative process.

My Note Totes (refillable notepad holders and sticky note holders) are a direct result of my ongoing love affair with paper. They are fashioned out of everything from handmade paper to wrapping tissue to old maps! I also make wearable art pins. These are made with matboard bases that are embellished with paint, clear and embossed metallic resins, with occasional embedded bits and pieces. They have the look of porcelain or raku pottery.

Using the same techniques with paper and resin I also create wooden quote plaques and decorative mirrors. These creations allow me to combine my love of beautiful papers and my fascination with words, specifically quotes. A good quote is like a sparkling gem to me — a profound thought or feeling crystallized within a few well-chosen words. I work to capture the essence of the quote in the design and images of the tiles. I choose quotes that have meaning for me, and I hope they speak to you as well.

I am now exploring mixed media collage, using my own marbled and gelli-printed papers, and am excited about the possibilities that await me there.

Creating something both beautiful and useful gives me a lot of satisfaction — Joy in the Making!

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