Friday, March 11, 2011

Crown Newspaper Art (Inspired by Ballard Designs)

I had so much fun making dresses after being inspired by the giclee prints in Ballard Designs, I thought I would try my hand at it again. 

Newspaper Giclées

After I saw these in the new catalog, I decided to do a little research into the artist behind all of this fantastic newspaper art that I enjoy knocking off imitating.

denise fiedler
The artist is Denise Fiedler.  She lives in San Francisco and has a degree in Interior Design.  She has worked for Marshall Field & Co. as a store designer and for Crate & Barrel overseeing Marimekko.  She launched her first business Bravura, a textile-based fashion and home accessory company.  Her most current venture is paste.  
the paste logo - cutouts of each letter from vintage papers
A lover of books, Denise has taken vintage printed pages and incorporated them into representational images. She designs that which she connects with and moves her, which can be anything from traditional and iconic architecture to fashion to dogs to food to portraiture of people that have caught her eye and imagination.
paste is an artistic endeavor that evolves and develops with Denise's artistic visions. Each piece from paste is an original piece of art handmade by Denise.
(from the website)

She has a gallery of pieces that can be purchased on the website and a listing of retailers where her art can be purchased.  She also does custom pieces of people or dogs.   Her work is amazing! 
Isn’t this Ball jar fantastic! 

Love this Converse sneaker!

Anyway, you just have to go to her site to see all of her work.  I truly am inspired and I wanted to make a crown to go in my bedroom.   I have a thing for crowns.  I guess I just like to feel like I am the queen of my little house. 


I have these king and queen crowns over my bed (from Hobby Lobby, on sale) and I have a few other crownish (is that a word? I doubt it, but just pretend it is!)  pieces in the room that also came from Hobby Lobby. 


This one had chipping paint so it was marked down from $50 to $10.  (I think I can fix that little problem.)

So, I started by printing out a crown  I found  at the Graphic Fairy.  I cut it out and used it as a template for my newspaper art crown.


I cut it into as many individual pieces as I could make from the image.  Then I traced those pieces onto old book pages, magazine pages, and newspaper pages.  I cut out all of my pieces, layed them out carefully and glued them onto a canvas by painting the glue on to the back of each piece and then over the front. 


After all of the glue was dry, I sealed it with Krylon and hung it in my room.  I love my crown.  It turned out just how I envisioned it.  Now, I have some original, unique art hanging in my room and the only money I had in it was for the canvas that I got on sale. 



I hope that if Denise Fiedler were to see it or the dresses I made that she would think that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery and not that I was just ripping her off.

Newspaper Dress Giclee Print


I am inspired by her art and have put my own spin on it.  After seeing her dress and making one similiar in style to her design, I made one of my very own design, using glossy, colorful magazine pages. 


After seeing the shoes and gloves in the Ballards catalog, I decided to make a crown.  I was glad that I didn’t see a crown when I was looking at her website.  However, if I would’ve, I still would have made mine.


I think all of us as crafters, artists, decorators, designers in our own homes imitate the styles and ideas of others that we see.  Every one of us can’t have each and every unique original idea.  But we all can take an idea that we like and make it our own by adding our own individual style to it.  I think that is important.  

I think if I just printed out Ms. Fiedler’s images and put them in frames, I would be ripping her off.  But if I look at her art and take this idea she had to paste these printed pages together to create an image and add my own design and style to it, I think I am inspired. 


What is your opinion?  Is it okay to copy ideas we see?  How many of us have made a rosette flower or book page wreath or mod podged something because we were inspired by someone else’s original idea? 

Where would we be if we didn’t? 

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  1. Love your post; the crown and the dress is my favorite!

  2. I have always loved newsprint artwork. Your crown is lovely :)

  3. Thank you for linking up this great project! I'd love to have you back next week with another one =)


  4. This is cool and would be a fun project.

  5. The crown came out great. I just adore this idea!

  6. I love this! The whole post is great too- good for you for researching the artist behind those designs!

    I would love it if you would link this up to my party... "20 Below Thursday" which spotlights cute and thrifty projects under $20...just like this one!

  7. Well helllooo Crafty Cat with her 5 children; rocking and rolling with the newspaper making paper crowns out of newsprint befitting Queen Elizabeth I might add and you are too young to know this but back in the 60s paper dresses were very popular -- one just went for about $50 thou at aunction. So you just keep on being crafty cause you are a sly one and keep on giving those credits where credits are due cause we all aer copycats. Blessings Terri

  8. You did a great job! So funny I saw your post over at Tatertots and Jello and had to click your link because I was just at Hobby Lobby today and bought a bunch of crown art that was 80% off--can't beat that! I guess I too want to believe I'm the Queen of the Castle. :)

  9. What a great job you've done, and I like that you've given credit for the inspiration to the original artist. I know that I've had folks copy my humble baby items, and I do look at it as a a great compliment. I'm a new follower, and will keep checking in our your crafting. Peggy -

  10. Awesome! I REALLY love the crown and will have to make one for my daughter!

  11. This is sooo awesome!! I am going to attempt to do the dress this week!! Thanks for the inspiration!!! Love the blog!!

  12. Great inspiration from you via Denise Fielder! My grown daughter calls me "Queenie" (queen of my own little castle). I'm not sure I want this to stick and then grandchildren call me this sounds a little ghetto

  13. Hey, we do it to Pottery Barn all the time!:-o) You did an amazing job on your art and on giving her credit as your inspiration! I love her canning jar...don't know if I'm up to "imitating" it though.

  14. I went to her site, but couldn't find teh canning jar...can you please point me in the right direciton? Thanks!!

  15. Gorgeous artwork! I too love crowns! Love this style of art!

  16. I love the crown. Truly an inspired by project. As for the "rip off" hard to say because places like Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and Anthro go to buy flea market furniture and reproduce it to sell in their stores. They aren't always honest about where they get their "designs" from. You are.

  17. Oh, the shoe! I love the shoe!

  18. I love it! I'm in a crown phase right now, so I might have to make one of these myself. I'm also a new follower. You have so many great projects I can't wait to read through them all.


  19. I really like the crown. I'd like to make one, too. I love it.

  20. Still loooove this!!!!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

  21. Thanks so much for popping in at my blog! So glad you're following me now too! Will keep in touch! Vxx

  22. I love this, beautiful! Inspiration comes from everywhere :)

  23. Love it! I did something similar and I agree that she would be flattered. :) Crafty Texas Girls

  24. Love your creativeness. No it's not ripping anyone off. I am sure Denise saw a version of paper folding or something that inspired her. I think she would be flattered not upset. Imitation is the best form of flattery.

    Keep up the fun stuff!

  25. I just saw these in a ad today and I also fell in love. Go girl!!! Good job and love what you did.
    Yes I think it is flattery to the artist to be inspired by her work.

  26. Absolutely...we are all inspired by what we see AND you took the time to give credit. Very nice job on your own twist!

  27. I love this...I too saw the originals in BD and was inspired! Love how yours turned out too! Laurel@chippingwithcharm