This weeks Handmade Trifecta post focuses on one of my most favorite blogs in the world. I can’t think of a more mentally stimulating and intellectually soothing website than Thisispaper. There’s so much to love here and the creative minds behind this wonderful space have truly created a Handmade Trifecta worthy of admiration. In my little world, Thisispaper is my model for what I want the future of IAMTHELAB to be. Let’s explore together, shall we?
First, I want to talk about the blog itself. Alexander Zakharov’s goal with Thisispaper is to showcase “the interaction between timeless forms and movements in contemporary arts.” You clearly see this in the carefully selected articles featured on the site. You’ll find a vast assortment of topics on Thisispaper. From architecture to apps, no source of modern inspiration is left out. Here are a few recent posts that grabbed my eye:
⬆ Francesco Faccin: 28 Posti Restaurant // Thisispaper ⬇
⬆ Apparatu: Extrusion Bowls // Thisispaper ⬆
⬆ Lina Marie Koppen: Learn to Unlearn // Thisispaper ⬇
As you explore the site, you’ll soon discover just how much creative talent there is around the globe. Thisispaper brings the treasures of the global creative community to one place, making it effortless to find inspiration.
As if the main site isn’t enough, there are two subsidiary sites: Stories, a design showcase with stunningly large images and Guide, which features a giant map of creative hotspots from around the world. There’s enough here to keep you going for days.
OK, I know you didn’t come here just to read about a fancy blog. You came for the handmade and I won’t leave you disappointed. Thisispaper recently opened a Big Cartel shop full of amazing handmade goods. I guess they’re as inspired by all the artist they features too. While the shop does have some locally sourced kitchen items, to me the standouts are their line of bags. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. What can I say? Just look at the images; these bags are simply beautiful.
Last but not least, is the social media presence of Thisispaper. It’s always fascinating to me to see which social media outlets a blog or artist is most drawn to. I find that Thisispaper has a very modest Twitter following and a nice sized Facebook presence. However, would it surprise you that a site that focuses so much on visual imagery would have a HUGE Pinterest following? Nope, me neither. I’m a follower myself. It goes to show that you really need to know who you are and what you are in order to make social media work for you.