Montag, 28. Dezember 2009

Papergirl San Francisco is here!

Hello all, I’m happy to announce that a San Francisco division of the awesome Berlin art project Papergirl is FINALLY HERE! After some deliberation, we have finally got the ball rolling and are now accepting submissions!

Our deadline for submissions is May 17th, 2010

You don't have to be from SF to participate, we encourage all to contribute!!!

As you all know, there are no guidelines as to quantity or format: zines, prints, drawings, paintings, photos, textiles, stickers, writings, etc. are all welcome. Once you have finished creating your masterpiece|s they can be sent to:

Papergirl SF
PO Box 410156

To find out more, check us out here:
and join us here:
We want to extend a warm thank you to all who helped get this off the ground, and to the Berlin Papergirl team for all their support. You rock!

Montag, 21. Dezember 2009

Papergirl - Sao Paulo

Great news to start 2010!!!!!!

In happy to announce that we will be doing a PAPERGIRL here in Sao Paulo, Brazil!!!!

We don´t have any dates yet but get ready! Next year your work will be exhibit and shared here in SAO PAULO!!!!

Soon we´ll post more news about it!!!


Sonntag, 15. November 2009

Papergirl- Charlotte

Charlotte is a rapidly growing city in North Carolina, we've got a lot of local artists here that come from many different backgrounds but due to the lack of unity between them the arts community is lacking a great deal. I know that there are many people here that are trying to improve that and this seems like a great way to unify the efforts in that.The hope is that this will not only help to unify the arts community here in charlotte but to also bring a little spirit of community to charlotte as a whole. this past weekend I was in charleston and Katy was down in florida and we started to spread the word outside of charlotte for donations. also a lot of the people on our facebook group are people who have moved from charlotte to go to school and we hope that they will help spread the word in their new communities, we'd love to see donations from all over. Everyone I' ve talked to about this idea has been very interested and willing to jump on board. As of right now we have made a blogspot site and a facebook group We have not set any final dates yet but we hope to have the showing in march, so that we have plenty of time to prepare and collect donations, after our planning meeting this weekend we will have a specific set of dates that we will use. we are also going to work on finding the right spot to have the show, but we've already got a few in mind. This past weekend we made some flyers which will continue to be put up and passed out. if you have any questions or ideas feel free to contact us at

Check Us out At:

Montag, 9. November 2009

Papergirl Portland Video!

Papergirl Portland from abraham ingle on Vimeo.

In 2009, Abraham Ingle brought Berlin's Papergirl Project to Portland. Over 200 pieces of original 2d art were displayed in a gallery, then rolled up, and distributed via bicycle to randomly selected people on the streets of Portland.

Pictures, more info, and other projects, at

Music by The Blue Horns

Sonntag, 11. Oktober 2009

Pictures from Paper Girl Portland

papergirl at second nature

The show is still up for one more week before we give it all away…

Second Nature Gallery

811 E Burnside Portland, OR

more pictures here

and info here

Montag, 28. September 2009

Almost There

It is interesting to see how every city that takes on PaperGirl has a different result. Albany has less than 2 weeks until we exhibit our work.
I have a question about submissions: Not everyone gets the concept of PaperGirl. The idea that you are giving original, one of a kind pieces of art work to strangers on the street. I have received some submissions which, I find, are not in this criteria. However another concept of PaperGirl is that there is no turning away art. Correct? Perhaps I should be more articulate next year? I mean do digital photographs on regular printer paper meet the qualifications? But perhaps the people who recieve the art will be just as happy to get it.
This is probaly the only problem that I have come accross. It is a bit difficult to get the word out about PaperGirl in a short message, but the articles have helped a lot, and I also really think that Albany is a city that resists such a project. This is a city dominated by the government buildings, so it'll be intersting how this is received. The art scene is making it's way into the light, so it'll be excited to see what happens in the next weeks.
Thank you Berlin for the idea on such a great project!!

Sonntag, 20. September 2009

Random Acts of Creativity

Paper Girl delivers a new brand of public art to Albany
By Josh Potter

Modesty comes quick to Sina Hickey, but when the artist and University at Albany student defers to the many people who make her current project, Paper Girl, possible, it’s not self-effacing—she literally wouldn’t be able to do it without them.

This spring, Hickey happened upon a Web site created by an artist in Berlin, Germany, that documented a project she’d undertaken for the past four years. In response to legislation that would have equated bill posting with spray painting, the artist devised a new method for creating and distributing public art. The idea was fourfold: First she’d solicit submissions of artwork from friends and begin accepting donated work from whoever wanted to take part. Having culled the desired amount of art, she’d display the work in a standard gallery show. Then, with the help of friends, she’d roll the work into portable scrolls that could be delivered via bicycle in the manner of a paper boy/girl. After the work had all been passed out at random, all over Berlin, she’d throw a party for everyone who had been on either the giving or receiving end. Playing with ideas of public art, gift economy, social networking and urban beautification, the original Paper Girl project adopted as its motto: “Anyone who picks up a roll is lucky, and money can’t buy luck. Something is most fun when you don’t expect anything in return.”

Since its inception, the project has been taken up all over the world in places like Portland, Ore., and Northampton, Mass., with plans for similar events in New York City and South Africa.

As soon as Hickey learned about the project, she knew she’d love to replicate it in Albany. All summer, she worked on the project’s first leg by collecting submitted work in a box she keeps in the trunk of her car. It’s meant a huge time commitment, all without the promise of monetary compensation.

“Paper Girl is about doing art for art’s sake,” she says. “It’s not about money, but it is about networking, making friends.” She says the project has been a great way to meet artists in the area and that the later stages can provide an opportunity for local artists to collaborate on something larger than their own personal work.

Through Sept. 28, Hickey will continue accepting submissions. Anyone who’s interested in donating work can drop it off at the UAG Gallery (247 Lark St., Albany) or at the Existing Artists table this weekend at LarkFest. So far, contributions have run the gamut from drawings to paintings, photographs, origami, seed bombs, and even a sheet upon which an artist printed photos of her home birth. The only requirement is that the work be handcrafted (no photocopies, etc.) and rollable.

Project collaborator Melanie O’Malley says that this, unfortunately, prevents her from submitting her (obviously unrollable) hand-built guitars, but it’s the project’s social component that most excites her. “The networking part is an art on its own,” she says. “Sina’s using a network to do Paper Girl, which itself creates an even broader network.”

Through this network, Hickey found Ken Jacobie, who was looking for artists to take part in a local show called Flux (Oct. 9-11), for which he secured access to the breathtaking 153-year-old St. Joseph’s Church in Arbor Hill. “The show’s about change,” Jacobie says, “and the project she’s working on caught my attention as something that imminently made sense.” Over the course of three days, Flux will display the work of a host of local artists, accompanied by music in the sonorous space. The proceeds from the show will benefit the Historic Albany Foundation; HAF owns the building and requires large sums for its upkeep. Before the work for Paper Girl is rolled and delivered, it will be strung and displayed underneath the grand columns and dazzling stained glass at St. Joseph’s.

“It’s such a pure idea,” says Jacobie of Paper Girl, “giving something beautiful to people who don’t expect it at all, for no reason other than happenstance. Person-to-person is the missing ingredient in our society today, and if the rest of the world could work this way it would be kinda cool.”

After the show, Hickey, O’Malley and others will roll the work and plan a set of days over which to distribute it. “We’re going to make sure to get every neighborhood, including the state Capitol on lunch break,” says Hickey. She says she hopes to enlist the help of the Troy Bike Rescue and has expanded the parameters of participation to include skateboards and other human-powered transportation.

Approaching strangers with a gift is a bold gesture, and Hickey realizes that some people might not appreciate the offering. “If somebody thinks it’s shit, they might turn the corner and throw it out, and that’s unfortunate. But we’re hoping that doesn’t happen, and I don’t think it will.” Inside the scroll will be information about the work included, as well as contact info and details regarding the open party to follow.

O’Malley is especially enthused about the project’s later stages and says she’ll definitely be one of the bikers. “It’s really exciting to see stuff like this going on in Albany,” she says. “I was born in Arbor Hill, and I’ve lived in the Center Square area since I graduated [from UAlbany], but it’s just in these past six months that the buzz [in the local art scene] has really picked up again. There’s just all these people, with really quality stuff, who want to get their stuff out there, and without all the pretentiousness.”

From the point of view of the Paper Girl project, art is only as good as it is significant and useful to the community in which it exists. The more people that get involved, the more useful it becomes. “Some people use the term ‘Smallbany’ in a negative way,” says O’Malley, “but it can simply mean living in a community,” which is what Flux and Paper Girl are all about.

Samstag, 5. September 2009

Papergirl Northampton Closing reception and distribution net Weekend!

A quick reminder for anyone in the Area. The hours below are the possible times and places to view the donations we have collected thus far

The Basement of Thornes: Tues-Sat, 4-8 pm
The Dirty Truth: Mon-Fri 4pm-close, Sat & Sun, 11am-close
Sticks and Bricks: Wed-Sat 12-5
Glamourama: Tues-Sat, 12-8 pm
The Guild: Window Front, viewable any time.

The response has been amazing! we have been met with great enthusiasim so far and have been offered space in 5 venues to show the 400 pieces we have collected in the past two Months. Most of which is viewable here, on the project website. Or keep in touch with us on Facebook.

The closing reception to view almost all of the donated work will be this Friday, Sept. 11th from 6-9pm at the basement of Thornes Market. There will be a keg, cheep food and Live music. Come down and show some support for everyone who participated!
There has been an online article written on PaperGirl. Check it out here:

Mittwoch, 2. September 2009

October PaperGirl-Albany

Yay! Portland! I received 5 pieces of art from some of the Portland PaperGirl people! It is soo cool that this project is going all over the world! Yay!

PaperGirl-Albany has a new art deadline: September 28. 
The exhibition will be at this wonderful Cathedral in Albany that is being renovated for a weekend show! St. Joseph's Cathedral is a grand structure that will be hosting the FLUX weekend of music and art experience! PaperGirl is going to have some kind of a wing in this Cathedral: October 9,10,11. 
The distribution day is TBA. Hopefully the weather will stay decent! 

Good luck to N. Hampton who has their exhibit coming up soon!

Samstag, 29. August 2009

Papergirl Portland 2009

Hello Everyone,

This Summer, I am partnering with Papergirl in Berlin to bring Papergirl to Portland.

You’re saying, “I like paper, girls, and Portland, tell me more!”

more info…


September 14th, 2009 - Get all art to me, or you are on the no-fun list. Art can be mailed or dropped off at:

2314 NW Marshall St

Portland, OR 97210

Also: If you'd like your work to be included in a digital gallery on the web, photograph or scan your work and email that to me

October 1st, 2009 – Oh Snap! All the art get’s hung up in Second Nature Gallery on 8th and E Burnside

October 2nd, 2009 – It’s First Friday and we’re up in the thick of it @ Second Nature Gallery

October 18th, 2009Papergirl rolls up the art and hits the road!

November 6th, 2009 – First Friday – The same gallery posts all the documentation of the event (Re: you being awesome)

want to help?

1) spread the word

2) e-mail me if you want to help pick-up art/coordinate gallery stuff/run the facebook, etc… (I’m kind of doing this whole Neighborhood Diaries thing at the same time…)

papergirl links:

1. Papergirl PDX

2. Papergirl Portland on Facebook:

Montag, 3. August 2009

PaperGirl Albany-- delayed!!

The Albany group has decided to set our PaperGirl date back a month due to lack of submissions (although those that we received are Phenomenal), and to get into the optimal space! A wonderful church is being used as an artist/music space for one weekend in October (10-12). This space is amazing, and we tried to collaborate earlier, but I was hoping to do PG in September. Now, as a group, we have decided to use this space and to use the extra time to get some more work from people who were away for the summer (this is largely a college town, and so it will be packed in the next few weeks as the student body comes back from the summer). 
I think this delay will be hugely successful for PG-Albany (I just hope the weather holds up!)

Sonntag, 2. August 2009

Donnerstag, 16. Juli 2009

Papergirl-Northampton in Local Paper

Hey! we got a wrtie up in the local Paper! Here. Lookin' Good.

- Ebenezer Archer Kling

Mittwoch, 1. Juli 2009


Northampton MA, is a small community in western Massachusetts centered around five schools, Hampshire College, Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke and U-Mass. While there is a variety of folks who live here, It seems mostly a community of young progressive students. And while the community here is filled with artists, receptive to public projects there seems a lack of communication between the participating parties. My comrades and I have decided to start a Northampton Chapter of the Papergirl project in a hopes to coalesce the various creative entities in this town and celebrate collective efforts to distribute art and ideas for free.
We have begun construction on a website for the project. Though it hasn't been completed yet, you can see the progress here. The deadline for work to be donated is by August 20th. The distribution and exhibition is scheduled to coincide with the monthly Northampton Arts Walk in September. We received a great response from local venues allowing us to hang the work! And we already are receiving donations! I am personally printing all of the fliers and flags for the bikes myself. Work being donated can be sent to:

Katherine Romansky
103 state st. #4
Northampton, Ma

If I am forgetting anything, please let us know. We will keep you posted, take care,

- Eben Kling

Dienstag, 30. Juni 2009


Albany, NY is the capital of NY State (3 hours north of NY City along the Hudson River). There are many artists in this area, and not everyone has an outlet to get their art out there. This project, PaperGirl-Albany, has already proven to be a great networking tool for Albany. There has been one incredibly successful meeting, and anyone who hears of the project is supper excited that something like this is happening in Albany!
Art submissions are due August 10th-- giving us enough time to get our shit together for Troy Night Out and First Friday (Troy, NY is across the Hudson River, and we are hoping to reel them into this project too!). TNO and 1st Friday are held at the last Friday of each month and the first Friday of each month as a bring the neighborhood together theory. Art is often exhibited, and that is what we plan on doing!! 
We are still looking for a space, but plenty of people have already shown their interest, and I think it is only a matter of time before we find a space! Flyers have been made and are in the process of being distributed. Contact sites have also been set up: Facebook group and
One of the great things we hope to do in Albany is not only bring the artist community together (there are various cites around Albany: Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga, etc), but also unite the neighborhood within Albany, the lower class areas. These neighborhoods are so close to downtown, and not as scary as they seem. I'm sure we'll find artists in these areas who have no outlet to present their art, and I'm very excited to incorporate these neighborhoods in the final bike ride. 
The word is spreading, and there is a lot of interest!! And I'm so glad that I have such a project to keep myself feeling energized about being stuck in Albany for the summer!! There is no distance too far to submit art to Albany! Feel free to contact me at
I'll update you soon with Albany PaperGirl's progression!!!