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Paper creations by Jenny Pinto

I’m always excited by useful objects made with beautiful paper. I was enchanted by the completely sustainable paper lamp designed by the talented Mr. Gardener. I chanced upon Jenny Pinto, a hugely talented designer based in Bangalore, India. She makes paper by hand the old-fashioned way using agricultural and waste fibers from the banana tree, sisal, river grasses, and more. Check out her inspired paper designs.

All art from jennypinto.com.


Dyed shibori paper

“Dried Flower” banana fibers

Gorgeous lighting for home and studio.

“Time Maps”

“Water Stories,” hand stitched and sculpted book

Jenny has a heart of gold. To source material, she contacted NGOs working with women in rural parts. She taught key members of each group her paper-making techniques, and empowered them to be self-sustaining entrepreneurs who make and market paper products. Read about Jenny’s vision here.

Design it to last

A packaging tip: Although this seems counterintuitive, consider a packaging design that lasts beyond its initial use. Packaging themselves can become keepsakes if they are attractive and durable enough to provide an alternative use.

Jewelry Designer Mimi Tudor likes to re-purpose interesting everyday containers to package her creations. Anything from used cupcake boxes, chocolate tins, and packaging for tea products enjoy a lovely second life in her studio.