About Paper Punk
Paper Punk is an innovative paper-based building toy that provides endless imaginative and creative play for humans of all ages.
With a few simple folds, colorful 2D flat shapes transform into bold 3D geometric pieces to create spectacular looking paper toys and art forms. It was founded with a simple ambition – to enable people to exercise their creativity and make things with their hands.
Why Paper Punk Matters
As we increasingly rely on technological tools to discover, seek and share information, there is also a growing disconnect with the tangible world. Through the act of making, people not only change the way they think, they change the way they behave. Making has a magical, transformative power because you’re using your hands to think. Paper Punk is a creativity tool thatʼs as much an art form as it is a toy.
About Grace Hawthorne
Grace is an entrepreneur, artist, author and educator. She is the creator and founder of Paper Punk, a new creativity toy+tool for kids ages 6-99+ . Previously, she cofounded ReadyMade, the culturally groundbreaking design magazine for GenXY. As its CEO/Publisher she showed people how to transform ordinary objects into extraordinary design and turned the hip indie startup into a nationally recognized lifestyle brand. In 2006, she led the sale of ReadyMade to Meredith Corporation (NASDAQ: MDP) and continued as its President/Publisher until 2009. She co-authored the award winning book, ReadyMade: How to Make Almost Everything (Crown, 2005). Grace is a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford’s Institute of Design (aka: the dschool), where she spearheads Creative Gym, a course focused on honing design intuition and building creative confidence, leads a research project in collaboration with Stanford’s School of Medicine on creative capacity building and is prototyping a new course on failure and resilience. Her artwork has been exhibited in several national museums including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum Triennial, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, PMCA Design Biennial in Pasadena, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and was selected to be a TEDactive Artist in 2013. She graduated cum laude in Art/Visual Communication from UC Berkeley and also holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA and an MFA from the UCLA School of Film and Television. Grace serves on a board of directors for the Museum of Craft + Design, believes anything is possible and wants everyone to make cool things with their hands.