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Fiona Mich­e­lon, the Syd­ney craft queen be­hind popular DIY blog, knows all about pa­per craft­ing. She has teamed up with friend and graphic designer Anita Cic­co­cioppo to set up The Chaos Club, an on­line store for fun and quirky pa­per goods with a fo­cus on play­ful mo­tifs and bold colours. Their first col­lec­tion, Geo­met­ric Fruits, Licorice All­sorts and Ab­stract Prints, is avail­able as gar­lands, gift tags, straw dec­o­ra­tions and cup­cake top­pers. Mich­e­lon, who will take part in Etsy’s Craft Party, says the pair’s fas­ci­na­tion with pa­per is be­hind The Chaos Club. “There is some­thing re­ally lovely about the sim­ple and tac­tile na­ture of pa­per and the dif­fer­ent ways it can be formed,’’ Mich­e­lon says. “From a crafter’s per­spec­tive it’s an eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able prod­uct that can be used for so many dif­fer­ent types of projects.’’ For her col­lec­tion she uses thick stock for a sturdy, qual­ity feel. “We use a range of pa­per stocks but pre­fer to work with un­coated stock as it has a more nat­u­ral, hand­made feel ... I am a big fan of pa­per cut art works and the way they can be ma­nip­u­lated into 3D pieces, and the shad­ows that it casts can add an­other layer of in­ter­est to a piece.”

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