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. Artist’s books and related matters simply became what I did, and I started using the name The Paper Chipmunk Press for those things. I think of it as the bookmaking division of Zebra Crossing Picture Factory. My hands aren’t as steady as they used to be, but I can still fold, glue, and stitch paper.
I’ve noticed that people sometimes arrive here because they have Googled “chipmunk made of paper” or “papier maché chipmunk.” Alas, I don’t offer those.
But I do love paper, collage, cut paper and artists’ books. Here are my random chewings on these as well as other topics from my life as an artist. Papier maché chipmunks aside, I hope you find something useful.