Paper-Ya on Granville Island

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Paper-Ya offers the creative individual a unique and inspired collection of decorative and unusual papers from around the world. We specialize in all areas of contemporary personal and office stationery including photo albums and wedding invitational papers.

The Light Creations of Cameron Mathieson

are extraordinary in both their simplicity of materials and purity of feeling.

We met this remarkable artist in Paper-Ya, buying paper, of course. Even though we do not sell his lights we wanted to share his artistic endeavors with you. We know you will be impressed and inspired, as we are.

Cameron Mathieson works from the shores of remote Duncan Lake in the Kootenays, in nature and solitude. His collection of what he refers to as a "boneyard of weathered wood" is stunning and an art instillation in itself!

The artist transforms worn and naturally discarded branches and roots into new life. Like skeletons and spines, they become armatures of which paper is elegantly shaped and twisted around and light is introduced. His creations are indeed functional while instilled with a spiritual feeling and deep respect toward nature and her natural gifts. Wood, paper and lightness. To learn more about this artist and his amazing work go to

The Magic of Marbelling

Painting on water is magical! Floating colors of pigmented inks on water creates a vast possibility of patterns. Traditional methods go back hundreds of years. Marblers made gorgeous decorative end papers for books and art pieces incorporating calligraphy which stand on their own throughout Asia, Turkey and the Western world.

Above are a few of our hand marbled papers from Italy. These use a freeform pattern creating a loose aqueous feel in soft hues and golds. Below is a video, not to be missed! The artist Seyit Uygur creates marbled images that are highly unique and works of art on their own. 

Manipulating color on the surface of the water, using methods as blowing through a straw, pushing and pulling with pins, bamboo, even hair or simply fanning the water aids in making a unique statement. Below are our marbled momogami papers from Thailand. These papers are soft and incredibly strong. More recently we have seen them used as wall papers and collage.

Our Declutter Friends: Pouches & Boxes

The whole idea of decluttering and tidying is to clear our minds and enjoy a fresh aesthetic. 

At Paper-Ya we appreciate beauty and style too! Choose from our pouches for tucking pencils and pens away or a really pretty box for the "little nothings" drawer. We all have no shortage of small things that need to be gathered or organized.

Not all pouches and boxes are for managing our clutter. Some pouches go shopping or to parties, as they make the perfect little purse. Some boxes hold our most treasured memories and keepsakes.  

Do life with style while receiving the pleasure some simple things can give. A well designed pouch or a beautiful, useful box, now that, is simple!