Nora Meets the Maker: Dianna from Paper Tiger
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posted 4 years ago

The ability to take raw materials and turn them into something beautiful piques Dianna's creative interest and sparks her drive to make new and interesting designs for her pattern line Paper Tiger. Whether she's knitting up a sweater for herself or dreaming up new pieces for others to try, Dianna's desire to do what she loves inspires us to keep pushing forward the things we love to make too!

My name is Dianna Walla, but you maybe know me as Paper Tiger, and my DIY weapons of choice are yarn and needles.

When I am looking for inspiration I find a new favorite blog. Travel. Sometimes I tidy up my studio - I find that sometimes ideas are just looking for a clean surface to land on.

After a long day of making things I like to curl up with a good book.

I got started making when I was a kid! I went to sewing day camp as a five-year-old, and there are some pretty spectacularly weird old photos of me in the outfits I made myself.

The one thing that drives my creativity is my desire to share the love of making with others.

When I think about starting a new project I ask myself, “Will I *love* this?”

The best part about running my own business is having the freedom to follow my muse.

I started by business because it was something I’d always wanted to try.

When I think about people making/using my supplies, I can’t wait to see what kinds of creative modifications they come up with

My advice to anyone looking to start their own business is be ready to try everything and don’t be afraid to make mistakes (you will make mistakes). And make sure you love it, because the paycheck alone won’t make it worth it!

If I wasn’t a knitwear designer I would love to be a linguist!

The first thing I do when I wake up is drink a big cup of coffee. On a good day, yoga follows.

The movie that can cheer me out of any bad mood is My Neighbor Totoro. Or re-reading Harry Potter.

My favorite word is: Today, it’s probably “sugoi!”, but it may be different tomorrow.

My least favorite word is: wrong.

Making makes me feel like I can do anything.

I get out of a creative rut by going for a walk around my neighborhood, taking a ferry ride, or heading down to Kinokuniya to check out Japanese craft books.

I most relate to people who always want to learn new things.

My favorite artists/designers/makers are Bristol Ivy, Kate Davies, Cirilia Rose, Marie Wallin, Brooklyn Tweed, & Pom Pom Quarterly.

My favorite thing about making is taking raw materials and turning them into something beautiful. It never gets old, being able to knit a sweater or sew a dress.

To me, DIY means taking the reigns.

Three words that describe me: Curious, resourceful, compassionate

Three words that describe my work: evolving with me.

Best creative advice I ever received is that in a world of talented crafters, it’s often hard to take our own work as seriously as everyone else’s - but if you take your work as seriously as you want everyone else to, you can start to build that confidence. Try to step outside of yourself and view a piece objectively

If I could live in any other country it would be Japan or Norway.

My DIY secret weapon is my relationships with others in my field, who are always there for advice or solidarity.

My next project is probably going to be a sweater, but I haven’t settled on it yet!

Discussion 2

  • Ursula Rosien commented 4 years ago

    I love your quote about converting raw materials into something! I'm a DIY crafts and focus on quick and modern crafts. Anyway, Paper Tigre stationery is gorgeous!  What an awesome job you have ;) cheers!

  • Very Shannon commented 4 years ago

    Yay! I love Dianna's work - she is so inspiring!


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