...Paper Towns Nightlight Drawers (Part One)
Just one of wonderful things about the folks at the Robin's Nest (and believe me, there are many) is that they are always coming up with fun themes for the Robin's Nest Design Team. This year they suggested we create projects that coincide with summertime movie releases.
John Green's Paper Towns hit theaters earlier this week. Although, I'm not particularly interested in this flick (my teen daughter has informed me we will be going to see it), the title of the movie caught my eye. Paper Towns--could a more perfect title for a crafter exist?
The project, which began as a leftover gift box and some foam core, evolved into a three drawer nightlight unit. It features rows of simple white paper houses--a paper town.
Part One of Two-Part Tutorial to make Paper Towns Three Drawer Nightlight Unit
Good stuff I used
Step 1 Find a elongated sturdy box. It should be at least as sturdy as and slightly longer than a shoe box.
Making the drawers
Channeling my inner fatherThere's an interesting side note about this project. Although he never said so directly, it was clear my Dad was not a fan of my art. Endless layers, textures, ephemera and more are the exact opposite of his style. A purist architect, who had once worked for the famed Eero Saarinen, my dad believed that "more did not make better".
Due to both my journalism and graphic design backgrounds, I appreciated, understood and applied this approach in my professional work. However, crafting is my escape from rigid rules and precise measurements. As a result, most of my art has lots of "more".
He suggested more than once that I design sympathy cards because there were none simple enough for his liking. I gave him a couple of samples containing a line art flower surrounded by lots of white space, yet those were still too ornate. At some point I gave up. Honestly though, I think the only card that would have pleased him would have been one teeny, terse phrase written in Helvetica All Caps:
It is safe to say he was a no nonsense man.
My dad passed away in June. As I was working on Paper Towns, my sister noticed it and chuckled, "You are channeling your inner father." She was right. I finally made some art he would have liked.
So, Dad, this one's for you. Thank you for being my night light and unwavering beacon of safety.