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Reinventing the Times – the art of paper doilies

Posted in Home & Decor, and Things We Love

When I came across camparigirl’s beloved New York Times, rendered even more lovely, I couldn’t resist featuring it.

The creator of these rather glorious doilies, Donna Ruff, draws her inspiration equally from sacred texts like the Torah and the Qur’an, and the more prosaic pages of the New York Times and the Manhattan phone book.

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Donna sources the paper for her designs in cathedrals, mosques and synagogues – but also searches through the old warehouses of Chicago and Brooklyn. So they’re a marriage of the old and the new. The sacred and the profane. Ruff gives equal weight to both positive and negative spaces of the page: allowing her new, delicate patterns to blend seemlessly with the faces, dates and headlines of old, sometimes brutal news. Indelicate words rephrased in a filigree of lace.

DonnaRuff2.jpgThese are no ordinary doilies – for no ordinary friend. Happy New Year Wahini.

Camparigirl responds: This is a perfect example of how we sometimes look at things differently. I bury my nose in the NYT every single day yet I have never come across these doilies. I want one now to put on my coffee table (otherwise devoid of doilies, paper or otherwise). You wouldn’t be you if you didn’t make me look at things from a different angle. Happy New Year!

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  1. Brilliant! I love these – I love my Times, and I love seeing things from a different angle, and combining seemingly disparate objects or ideas. Thanks for featuring the work.

    January 4, 2013
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