Los Angeles paper artist Anna Bondoc can make a graphic statement at practically any scale. Take handmade place cards for the Thanksgiving table, for example. “It's a nice alternative to thinking big and florid,” she said. “It's thinking small and repeated.”
Bondoc draws from influences that include the Arts and Crafts movement, Japanese printmaking traditions and the midcentury textiles of the likes of Marimekko to create one-of-a-kind pieces. She's a master of the X-acto knife, using a layered paper-cutout technique for her work.
Here she shares step-by-step instructions on how to make a butternut squash place card with what she described as a simple “trace, cut, layer” process. The result lends a decorative flourish that's seasonal but subtle.
The gesture might seem a tad old-fashioned, but that’s partly the point. “It unifies the table because everybody has one,” Bondoc added, “and there's something to take home.”