Friday, January 18, 2013


Hi Everyone,

We have a brand new website! Though we have enjoyed this one, we needed to expand, so please join us over at

See you there!

michele & Eryne

Friday, November 09, 2012

Papergirl Vancouver meets Vancouver Biennale!

Eryne Donahue, Barrie Mowatt, Katherine Tong and Michele Mateus
Today was an exciting day for Papergirl Vancouver as we had the chance to visit the Vancouver Biennale office; the space vibrant with their signature neon yellow and pink, amazing art, and creative energy! Michele and Eryne had the chance to speak with Katherine Tong, former board member and Program Manager for the Big Ideas Arts in Action program and Barrie Mowatt founder and president. 

It was exciting to learn about the wonderful work Vancouver Biennale are doing in the schools, and their celebration of art in public spaces. 

Much like Papergirl Vancouver, the Vancouver Biennale strives to bring people together through the arts and open dialogue about art; oh and they also have a love for bikes
as well! 

Needless to say with our commonalities and creative energies, the meeting was a success and beginning of a great new relationship!

Papergirl Vancouver wants to thank the Vancouver Biennale again for having us join you today. If you don't know about the Vancouver Biennale make sure to visit their website to learn more about who they are and what they are doing to make out public spaces energized with creativity!

Oh and watch this space everyone for a fun Vancouver Papergirl-Vancouver Biennale challenge coming to you!

Friday, September 28, 2012

A night of chatty crafting, what could be more fun?!

Caede shares some of her beautiful cards and supplies with the group.

Last night we had a great time making so many new friends and sharing the Papergirl fever for community engagement through creative action. Caede Pugente of local small business "Caede's Cards" brought loads of crafty supplies and two sewing machines for us to use and she shared some of her previous creations as well as organizational and technical skills with the group. We had the happy accident of Jen, one of our 2012 cyclists, attending the workshop without knowing that we were hosting it! We were also joined by Papergirl volunteer extraordinare Jocelyn. Others at the event were new introductions to us- creative and friendly types- that we were so glad to meet and share stories with. And the best part is that a few walked away having made some new friendships.

This was all made possible with funding from the Vancouver Foundation's small neighbourhood grant to Caede and the generosity of the Roundhouse Community Centre for donating space and three great volunteers.

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us for this fun evening, and to those who shared their lovely creations with us for future use! We hope you all stay in touch with Papergirl Vancouver and join us for our big year number 3 in 2013.

Take a look at all the fun we had and the gorgeous cards we made on Flickr!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Engaging Community through Creative Card making with Caede's Cards!

WOW how do you like that title for alliteration! Do you love getting crafty with others? 
Looking for some new techniques?

In collaboration with Papergirl Vancouver, Caede Pungente of Caede's Cards will be putting on a workshop where you can hone your papercrafting skills and use a sewing machine. This card-making workshop will be a perfect opportunity to make customized cards for upcoming celebrations, special events or a simple thank you. If you are interested in collage or assemblage art, then this workshop is for you!

This workshop is FREE, and materials will be supplied. Space is limited so register early!
You will go home with several new tips and techniques as well as your own unique card. You will also be contributing to Papergirl Vancouver's movement of giving by sharing your design.

The workshop will take place September 27th from 7-9:30pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre. 


You might recognize Caede's creative work from the Oak Street Farmer's Market or Bird on a Wire Creations (Main street) where she has exhibited and sold her unique cards. Caede has worked in various mediums from ceramic tile mosaics, fabric, and more recently with paper. She teaches classes that encourage others to use their creativity.

With a keen eye for proportion, colour and texture, Caede delights in creating custom and one-of-a-kind creations. Some of her favourite techniques include paper folding, sewing and paper ripping; using typical montage tools scissors and glue, but also more uncommonly, she employs a sewing machine with long straight stitches or zig zag stitches for a unique touch!

*This event has been graciously funded by a Little Mountain neighbourhood small grant. We thank the Vancouver Foundation for their support of building strong, creative communities!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Papergirl Delivers, Vancouver Gets Gifted!

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, our 23 Papergirl cyclists hit the seawall with bundles and rolls of artwork and big smiles on their faces. We had nearly 360 rolls to give, so you can imagine the number of people who were out enjoying the day that were pleasantly surprised by our troop on wheels! Highlights of the ride included an early spill of artwork into the hands of a stagette party near the Plaza of Nations and the great surprise of two gentlemen in the middle of their boat building course along the seawall as they received prints and watercolours. We also shared a photo op with a very lucky wedding party, surprised the staff at Opus Art Supplies with a rolled gift and met loads of wonderful people from Vancouver and beyond on Granville Island.

This day would not have been complete without the energy and enthusiasm of our Papergirl volunteers (aka Gifterventionists) and the 136 artists who submitted work that they put their time, love and consideration into making and sharing. We were kept safe with helmets that were graciously donated by Prohab and supplied with bicycles for some of our participants who would not have made it otherwise by Reckless in Yaletown. Take a look at some of the photos we've posted from this event on our Facebook page.

Don't forget to share your Papergirl Story!

If you were one of our lucky recipients of rolled or bundled artwork, please tell us about your experience and let us know where the artwork now calls home! Post your photos to our Facebook page or tweet us, and don't forget to contact and thank your artist to complete the circle of gratitude.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The ride out is coming! Thanks to Prohab for their support!

With the big giftervention coming fast, we want to make sure everyone is safe on the road, Dustin John Bromley of Prohab Vancouver is very kindly donating some extra helmets to the cause. Helping our papergirls and boys execute the art of giving art a la bicyclette, in style, and most importantly, safely. As Prohab says:

Your brain is your most valuable asset.
Protect it.

The Prohab Helmet Society is a Vancouver non-profit organization dedicated to making bike helmets accessible for everyone.  Our aim is to get as many helmets on heads as we can while developing awareness about the use of helmets within our bike community.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Papergirl 2012 Opening Party! We hope to see you here!

It is finally here! The opening of our 2012 Papergirl Vancouver exhibition! We just did a count and we have 136 artists and a total of 738 pieces of art! Though there is more to add to that count as we had some last minute submissions made tonight at our Getting Your Art Into the World workshop with Jenna Heburt. 

Make sure to get to the event by 7:30pm as not to be miss our opening act, Monica Morong. We will also be treated to the sounds of Tim Gerwing and make sure to check out the sound installation piece on by multi-media artist Erin Alexandra Bosenberg, who sent us her work all the way from Cape Town, South Africa!

We have food and entertainment, but most of all we will have a room full of amazing, generous and creative people, sharing their passion for Papergirl and the Art of Giving Art! We hope to see YOU and your friends at the Roundhouse Community Centre at 
7pm-9pm on July 24th (tomorrow)!