ORIGIN GALLERY is the home of RIPPED UP ART, here we create magic; our range of affordable handmade art works. These cheeky critters are designed to make you smile. And, here’s the real fun… each piece is individually crafted from ripped up paper and a good dose of British humour.
Ripped up Art has been sold at the historic Greenwich market since 2010. We have established ourselves as a popular brand by providing both locals and tourists with unique British made and, handcrafted products.
Our unique greeting cards are made from 100% recycled paper and seeds. After the card has been gifted the whole card can be planted in a garden or a pot. With just a bit of water and light and love grow into beautiful wildflowers. These cards have a surprise second life!
Ripped up Art was initiated by the Managing and Creative director Pamella East. Bsc MBA
Many people ask me if the idea for seeded cards that grow was mine; I have to confess that it was not. I first saw plantable cards in the 70's as a university student in New Zealand. In recent times as we have become more environmentally aware I realised that these cards would be 'cool' again and an old idea was recycled.
With the seed card came the necessity to develop designs that are biodegradable and could be planted, hence the idea of cutting and tearing paper to make images was born.
Of course cutting paper to make images is not a new idea and I have long been a fan of Matisse; his later work has for many years been an inspiration to me. But it was the discovery of the Mulberry paper and the fluffy edge it gives when torn that led to the signature look of all my designs. Every design and every picture has a story; how it came to be, and what it means to me, Of all my designs my personal favorite is the London soldier which I consider to be the signature image.
At the young age of 60 + I now have enough history behind me to have inhabited a number of different career paths. Some of the positions I have held are: Business and Economics teacher, ICT Teacher, Self employed as a property consultant, and self employed in an importing business. I also am lucky enough to have 5 children (4 boys and 1 girl) and 3 grandchildren, and although I'm officially 'old' I'm having the best time of my life!
I have been interested in both business and creative pursuits all my life; Ripped up Art and Origin Gallery are an expression of me, they bring together so many things I love and I hope that you will love them too!