This December, Meet Noemi of Imeon Design, our maker of the month found right within our creative community. Noemi specializes in Paper Artistry, where she creates mesmerizing displays of handcrafted art with unlimited possibilities. Discover more about how her hobby and creative happy place turned into her paper profession.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where are you from? Where do you live? What is your occupation? What are your hobbies? What makes your life special for you? 

I’m originally from Vancouver, Canada but now live in Portland, Oregon with my husband, two kids and two dogs. Prior to starting my business, I worked at an energy conservation organization. I’m fortunate to have what I do for a living as my hobby.

How did you become involved in the art of paper? 

My dad was an architect, I was surrounded by his work quite a bit growing up. I was fascinated by the hand-drawn designs on the various papers he used, this sparked my appreciation for all things paper.

When did you begin as a paper artist? 

Several years ago I found myself needing a creative outlet while I was raising my young children, pursuing my interest in paper artistry was a natural fit.

Tell us about your style and designs. 

My style is layered simplicity. When I first started, my designs were one-dimensional and uninteresting. But over time I explored and found enjoyment in multidimensional designs.

What inspires you as a Maker? 

Due to making a variety of paper art, I find inspiration in my everyday environment. One of my favorite places to visit is the Portland Art Museum, I enjoy seeing different types of art forms; photography, paintings, sculptures, clothing.

I can get lost looking at paper for hours, I love how it feels, the color options, how it can look one way flat versus folded, the endless possibilities of what can be done with it. Working with paper is truly my happy place.

What are the essentials in your maker toolkit?

I absolutely must have glue, a needle tool, paint brushes, scissors, an x-acto knife, bone folder, quilling tool, a ruler, embroidery scissors, regular scissors  and of course paper.

What advice would you give other makers, designers, and creators given your experience?

Trust your instincts, the process and be patient. There will be moments when things don’t work out the way you had planned, but keep trying because your “oops” may turn into a “yes!”.

I was looking online for inspiration one day and came across a creative’s paper pinecone. I gave it a try but it wasn’t turning out the way I wanted it to, so it went on the back burner for some time. One day I saw aubergine paper at my local Paper Source store and had an “aha” moment.  I turned the pinecone around and that lead to the creation of an artichoke.

Do you have any specific goals for the future or dream projects in mind?

My goal is to not be confined by any singular design or focus, but to continue searching for subtle inspiration in the world around me.

What is Your Favorite Colorscope Color at PS?

My favorite is Rose, it’s a beautiful and charming color that is able to stand on its own and is able to bring balance to other colors like Papaya and Blossom.

Do you have any favorite PS items that you are loving right now?

Every time I go into my local Paper Source store, I head straight towards the Paper Bar and the wrapping paper area!



To shop Noemi Designs and discover more about the artist, visit here.