Papirmass 111 features a digital illustration, gorgeously brought to life by Suzanne Dias. The Wallflower is an expression of Suzanne’s emotions and her reluctance to break out of her shell at parties and other social settings. With a beautiful colour palette of complementing oranges and blues, Suzanne balances the apathetic expression of the girl in the image with joyful hues, peeking plants, and playful shapes.
Suzanne excels at creating a cast of characters that resonate with all of us. Expertly capturing expressions and scenes (in the form of some very cool individuals), Suzanne navigates her emotions through these drawings and embraces illustration as an outlet for her thoughts and feelings. For Suzanne, creating these images is incredibly therapeutic.
We love being able to share the work of up and coming talent from around the world and Suzanne is no exception.
Suzanne has shared that her drawings are a reflection of her thoughts and experiences. Think about a time you were in a situation (perhaps at a party or event) where you didn’t quite have the confidence to speak up or wished you could make a graceful exit. Now, gaze at Suzanne’s illustration and ponder these three questions:
1. What do you like about this image?
2. If you could listen to this women’s inner dialogue, what would you hear?
3. What do you think happens next in the scene?
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi
When we’re quick to judge the world around us, it’s important to pause and take a moment to reflect on your own thoughts. Perhaps it’s our opinions that are casting such a negative light on the world or maybe there is an internal issue that can’t be solved out there in the ether. Focus your efforts on self-improvement and you’ll soon realize that your attitude may be the source of your perception, so don’t be quick to blame the world for your actions.
Rumi was a 13th-Century Persian poet, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Considered the “most popular” poet, he is regarded as one of the greatest spiritual masters and poetical intellects and made use of everyday life’s circumstances to describe the spiritual world.
For this month’s Creative Activity, we want you to chill out! Zentangles are a method of drawing which allows the artist to trust their creativity and expand their imagination by not focusing on the end result. Fill in the shapes with your own Zentangles: structured patterns that consist of dots, lines, orbs, and simple curves, and discover what unexpected beauty lies on the other side! Once you’ve untangled yourself, post it on Instagram and tag #papirmass so we can bask in your chill vibe!
March’s mini print is a lovely companion to Suzanne’s Wallflower illustration. With a delicate hand and simple monstera, this work acts as a drawing study for Suzanne’s more detailed pieces. We recommend hanging this print above your bed or computer, perhaps with some washi tape or on a corkboard, for a calming effect.
We hope you enjoyed Edition 111! Remember to tag us on Instagram (@papirmass) so we can see how Suzanne’s work has decorated your home. And remember, we mail out a wonderful new edition every single month! Subscribe to a Papirmass Art Subscription and sign yourself or a friend up for a monthly creative surprise.