August’s Artist of the Month is none other than Paper Puffin! Featuring wide-eyed curious cats and intricately illustrated natural elements, Paper Puffin has definitely created an unmistakable style.
What would you say inspires your work?
This particular, peculiar cat named Puffin is my main muse, though I’m inspired by the many amazing cats I’ve met over the years. Nature, micro landscapes and collections and the places I’ve lived.
We carry some of the best Paper Puffin goods available year round in our Downtown Portland location. We have prints, cards, and stickers- all adorned with those funny cat faces!
What is one of your favorite spots in Portland? I know it’s hard to choose just one!
There are so many great coffee shops and little stores! Magnetic North Studios off Belmont is a great artist-run workspace, and where I do my screen-printing. My favorite moments are walking through the neighborhoods when all the flowers are blooming.
Tell us a bit about your artistic process!
I limited myself to a single black pen years ago, as a way to develop my line work but also to narrow my focus. I love working with lots of different materials and processes, especially paper, wood fabric and found objects. I love it most when I can combine a design with hand-made production.
What is your favorite product to make?
I love working on original paintings, and collaborating with other artist friends for smaller projects when I can.
It’s so hard to pass up any of these cat faces, so stop in this month and adopt one of your very own!
If you could use just three words to describe your business, what would they be?
Curious Paper Cat