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Amber About Page: The Cardboard Collective

Hello!

We’re shouting out to you from the suburbs of Tokyo! An amazing city that we are learning a little bit more about every day. I live here with my husband, and two daughters, in what I call a tiny Tokyo apartment. Actually by Japanese standards it wouldn’t be considered tiny, but compared to living spaces back home in Michigan, it’s small.

My husband and I have been living, working and traveling all over the world for the last 10 years. Japan is our most recent stop and the place where we have finally started our family. The blog started in October 2011 and I try to post once a week. Here you’ll find inspiration for projects, cardboard links, information about tools and techniques, and also a bit about sustainable building, crafting and living.

The inspiration for this blog was a book about cardboard furniture I read one day at one of the wonderful city sponsored play houses for children aged 0-3.  I have always been obsessed with cardboard and already had many many pages in my sketchbook devoted to this humble, yet noble material, but this book was a real springboard for me.

We built a set of table and chairs from one of the projects in the book, and to our surprise they were light enough for a 1 year old to move around, recycled and recyclable, adorable and amazingly sturdy. Is there anything more divine? And the best part was that I felt an incredible sense of joy and (still do) every time I look at pictures of those table and chairs. Mostly because my husband and I lovingly made them, but also because we built something really durable and fun without having a garage, a basement, a workshop, or even a car.

I hope that this blog will inspire you to make something out of cardboard for yourself or your child, that reduces your impact on the earth, and brings you an incredible amount of joy.

I have my cardboard goggles on. Prepare for brilliance.

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28 thoughts on “About

  1. Popped over here after seeing your comment on Jo`s post at Whip It. Fellow Japan mama!

    Love the table- have seen this type of thing at the jidokan around here. Amazing how sturdy they are!

    Will try to keep some cardboard and make one of your projects in the future. LOVED the swing you took to the park near your place- fab!

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  3. Hi Amber,
    (I’m sorry if you received this massage for the tird time lol but I had a problem to submit it…)
    I just discovered your blog and i’m so happy! You have so good ideas ! I love Cardboard too , i run a blog about it too but it’s in French http://magicarton.com/ (I still have to find a good ap to translate it) , anyway a lot of ideas come from english-speaking creators or blogs etc…So don’t hesitate to take a peek even if you don’t speek french ;-) I also made a board on Pinterest with many beautiful Cardboards Projects, let me know if you’re interested for the link …
    Meanwhile I will follow you with great pleasure ! Have a nice day!

  4. Hi Amber!
    Discovered your blog through Diane’s class, and just love it. A blog on cardboard? How great and such a “niche”! (niche means doghouse in French, have you made one already?)
    Congratulations!

    • Hi Mary! Thanks for your comment! I haven’t made a doghouse yet, but I surely need to, what a great idea! The blog has been so much fun, and it seems that we’re right at the beginning of a huge cardboard renaissance…we’ll see what becomes of it! I’m so excited about Dianne’s class, and truly looking forward to connecting with so many talented bloggers. Your quilts are so amazing! I was also really moved by your post about Motoi Yamamoto, salt is a deeply spiritual thing here…….and those shapes! Of course I’ve got to make the bracelets! So good. I am a huge bangle girl. Anyway, thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you in class!

  5. Wow, what a fun day everyone must have had using their creativity! We need more of this happening all over the world. You are so inspiring!

  6. hi! what a beautifull blog! your cardboard proyects are amazing. i also love building cardboard things (houses, pitrate ships, etc) for my dauther and niece. i look forward to see your next proyects.
    greetings from Argentina
    apó
    ps: if you´d like to see my cardboard works
    http://eltallerdeltioapo.blogspot.com/

    • Apo, Thanks for visiting! I got the chance to check out the amazing creations on your blog! Thanks for getting in touch, I have added your site to the blog roll, Cheers, Amber

    • Hi Irene! So excited after our chat, and pleased to meet you. Please drop me a line next time you’re in Tokyo! Let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help out with cardboard play day!

  7. Hi Amber,

    Wow….it has been a long time since Cairo :) I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! It is my first time looking through it….I am truly inspired and plan on sharing it with friends. I hope you, Pete and the rest of you beautiful family are doing well.

    All my love,

    Mary

  8. Hello,

    I’m a Web Producer at The Weather Channel and we’re working on a story about the coolest playgrounds in the world. I came across your images of the Tokyo Tire Park at Play-Scapes.com (http://www.play-scapes.com/correspondent_post/nishi-rokugo-koen-tire-park/). Would it be possible for us to license these images for use in our article? If so, please contact me at Caitlin.Jones@weather.com and our writer Allie Goolrick at allie.goolrick@weather.com.

    All the Best,

    Caitie jones
    The Weather Channel

  9. I’ve just found your blog and am sooo excited!
    I’ll definitely try your projects with my children.

    I’m happy to know that you’re now living in my country.
    I hope I can see you sometime in Tokyo.

    • Hi Akiko,

      It’s wonderful to connect with other crafty bloggers in Tokyo like you, please let me know next time you are hosting a workshop in Shimokitazawa, maybe I’ll be able to attend!

  10. Hi Amber, I’d like to follow your blog, but I can’t see any ‘follow’ buttons to click. What should I do, please?

    Diane :-)

    I’ve ticked the notify box below – will that do the trick??

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