I’m Ellen Golla. I make my artist’s books and related work as The Paper Chipmunk Press.
And what, you might ask, does a chipmunk have to do with a zebra?
Zebra Crossing Picture Factory came first. In the background to my paper mosaic collages, which had been my focus as a working artist, I’d long been making little books and doing other things with paper. I didn’t consider these to be my “real” work, and often gave them away as gifts.
Over a decade ago, I developed a (still undiagnosed) neurological condition that affected my hands, among other things. As my ability to use tweezers and scissors declined, I turned increasingly to those handmade books and other paper-based creations. The world of artists’ books became a fascination and a solace.
I started an anonymous blog about paper art and artists’ books to entertain myself. I chose the Paper Chipmunk to differentiate it from my usual studio output.
But as I became more and more involved with making books — and this blog — Zebra Crossing and The Paper Chipmunk began to evolve together. I dropped my bookmaking anonymity, and I started using the name The Paper Chipmunk Press for my bookish things. I think of it as the bookmaking division of Zebra Crossing Picture Factory.
At the moment, there are things keeping me from my studio. I’m a caregiver for a family member. Somehow in the midst of that, I’ve also become involved in advocacy work that does not involve art. I haven’t had much to blog about in the realm of paper art, and so this blog came to a slow stop.
I know that people around the internet have linked to some of the images and tutorials on here, and the plan is now to transition to a new site that will be less blog, but keep some of that material. Perhaps. In the meantime, I hope you find something useful in this archive of . . . stuff.