“We founded Papirmass to spark
curiosity and inspire creativity.”
Papirmass is an independent art subscription that seeks to spark curiosity and inspire creativity. Subscribers all around the world love how our monthly mailings help them discover their next favorite artist. Through unique prints, studio interviews, and hands-on artistic activities, Papirmass is all about making creative connections.
Founded in 2008, Papirmass is run by husband-and-wife team Jp King and Kirsten McCrea in collaboration with a handful of wildly creative people in Toronto.
“We are artists who
believe that art is for everyone.”
The story of Papirmass begins in Montreal when Kirsten finished art school. Money was tight and her future as an artist was uncertain. She was forced to return to her prairie home of Edmonton: a cold, flat place, lacking a large creative community.
Craving new images and the inspired conversation that only happens in artist’s studios late at night, she scoured the internet in search of an art print subscription. Nothing turned up. In this moment, she remembered some good advice: “Tell the story you want to hear.” Inspiration struck; Kirsten would start the art subscription she longed for.
“Surrounding yourself with beauty is important. We keep Papirmass affordable so everyone can embrace their creative curiosity.”
Now, as most people know, an education in the arts does not fully prepare one for the life of an entrepreneur. After facing the challenges of working alone, Kirsten met Jp, a designer, printmaker, and her future husband. Quickly, their mutual passion for print became a superpower and sharing their love of art with others became a way of life. Running Papirmass has given them the chance to work with some of their heroes.
“We have proudly collaborated with over 100 artists to send more than 100,000 prints to subscribers on 6 continents.”
While being many things at once was challenging at first, the couple now embraces living and working at any number of creative intersections: art / business / culture / commerce / design / craft. Looking ahead, Kirsten and Jp intend to continue inspiring audiences to embrace their own curiosity by connecting them with innovative individuals and creative communities. They love sharing what they find so that these discoveries can become your own.
“We do what we do because
we love making things:
together, alone, and with others.”
Kirsten McCrea splits her time between co-directing Papirmass and her own career as a multi-disciplinary artist, mural painter, and illustrator. With an eye for bright colours, bold patterns, and the forms of nature, her work in-studio and on the streets has been widely recognized and supported.
Named one of the Top 30-Under-30 artists in Canada by Blouin Artinfo, her work has exhibited in Toronto’s AGO, Montreal’s Musée des Beaux Arts, and the Shanghai International Arts Festival, and has appeared in numerous publications, including The Globe and Mail, Canadian Art, and BUST Magazine.
See more at: www.hellokirsten.com
Jp King splits his time between co-directing Papirmass and his own career as an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and writer. Having recently completed an MFA at OCAD U, he currently teaches on the subjects of material culture and creative methodologies, and experiments with Risograph printing as Paper Pusher.
His work has been generously supported by SSHRC, the Canada Council, and the Banff Centre for the Arts amongst others. His illustration clients include: Fast Company, Penguin Books, Oxford University Press, and New Scientist Magazine.
See more at: www.jpking.ca
Papirmass is published 12 times per year in print (ISSN 2291-1162) and online. All rights reserved. No part of the print or on-line version of this periodical may be reproduced in any form without the consent of Papirmass or the individual authors.
We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.