Meet the Author
Hey there, can you introduce yourself?
I call myself Maker Extraordinaire, because I do a little bit of everything and I make something everyday. I teach workshops at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Press: Works on Paper as well as other guest locations in the SF Bay Area and online at Creativebug.com. I send a lot of mail art and play with image transfers on a regular basis. I'm addicted to instagram @ccerruti and released my first book, Playing with Image Transfers last year.
Tell us a bit about the book?
Washi tape is a low tack, slightly transparent decorative tape originally made in Japan. Its become incredibly popular because its versatile, easy to work with and adds a pop of color to any project. Most people are swiftly addicted once they start using washi tape, but are often stumped as to how to use it beyond a paper project. The Washi Tape book offer over 101 ideas for how to use the tape in every and all aspects for home decor, craft, daily life and beyond. Once you start using washi tape, you won't be able to stop.
What was the inspiration behind it?
I've always loved working with tape in paper and book arts. I make a lot of tape image transfers and mail art and also do a lot of installations and window design and I started using washi tape in both to quickly add color and pattern to projects. On paper washi tape is fairly permanent as works well for correspondence, gift wrap and mixed media art. For booth displays, window designs, events or even to add color or a graphic to the floor I started using washi tape because it comes is a variety of styles and is removable.
Everytime I used washi tape in a piece of art or in an environment, people were curious and excited about the possibiliites and the projects in the book came from seeing how washi tape can add dimension and a graphic pop to almost anything.
Which is your favourite project?
That's so tough. I'm always finding more and more ways to use the tape, but I think some of the storage ideas for organizing many rolls of tape might be among my favorites. That might also be because the projects display an array of colored and patterned rolls and anything in multiples and organized by color makes me giddy. With over 101 projects, there is something for everyone!
What is your craft space like?
I'm a collector and my house reflects my love of beautiful objects and images. I favor vintage items but am also in love with modern color palettes and all things neon pink, so its a curated mix of unique objects and a lot of art.
Have you always been creative?
I've always been a collector and a creator. It took me awhile to feel confident in calling myself an artist without reservation, but its undeniably who I am.
When did you first start crafting?
I always drew and painted as a really small child but I think one of my earliest memories of making something was a ceramic face of a girl I'd seen in a claymation short on TV. Her name was penny and her eyes were spinning coins. I made a version of her when I was in kindergarten in a nighttime ceramic class which felt so grown up and special.
Who are your crafty heroes?
I mostly look at books with beautiful images. That can range from a well illustrated kids book to a painter's mongraph. On my coffee table right now is Sibella's Court The Life Bowerbird, Black Antoinette by Olaf Hajek, and Jane, the Fox, and Me illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. As far as crafty heroes, I have a lot of friends who are artist and educators and they inspire me endlessly. Here are some who post their creative endeavors on instagram regulary:
@poopingrabbit, @lisacongdon, @finelittleday, @cmorey, @thecraftedlife, @phoebewahl, @bloomsintheair
Where do you find inspiration?
I'm inspired by everything around me... I photograph things I see on the street, the way light illuminates a walk way or the way lines intersect in architecture. I take snapshots of color combinations in nature and textures of found objects and surfaces. I post some of it on instagram and archive the rest. I also love to look at pinterest for inspiration.
What's next for you?
I'm really excited to share my love of washi tape with crafters world wide!!! I'm starting on my third book which is scary and amazing. I teach workshops regularly in addition to building sets and working with artists at Creativebug.
If you have never heard of washi tape, get ready to enter a bright new world of paper crafts! Originating in Japan, washi paper is stronger than wood-pulp paper making it perfect for use in projects like origami and scrapbooking. The tape is low tack and slightly transparent, and add in a mix of adorable colors and patterns, a brilliant way to make all of your crafts even better. Perfect to use for parties. See how to create invitations, gift wrap, and goodie bags. Holidays have never been more colorful with ideas for ornaments, window adornments, and even garland.Decorations for your home and office are easy and inexpensive when you use washi tape. Wall décor, borders and lampshades can become unique works of art and give your home a personal touch.You can even use washi tape in fashion. Dress up your glasses, shoes and jewelry using these simple ideas and designs. And because it’s safe to use on delicate items, washi tape is great for personalized gifts like vases and photo albums. Washi Tape by Courtney Cerruti offers 101 amazing ideas that will make this new craft tape your new favorite thing. It’s safe to use almost anywhere and great fun for children!