yeiou

Modern Papercraft + Paper Heirlooms

Arlington, Massachusetts On Etsy since 2014

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yeiou

Modern Papercraft + Paper Heirlooms

Arlington, Massachusetts | 342 Sales

Announcement    Custom House Portrait orders will open every 2-3 months with a limited number of commissions available at a time. My email list will be the first to know! https://www.yeiou.com/join

Custom architectural portraits, delightful paper boxes, gifts, greeting cards, DIY kits, and decorations for making every day special. Designed and made by Abigail McMurray in Arlington, MA.

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Last updated on May 1, 2020

Custom House Portrait orders will open every 2-3 months with a limited number of commissions available at a time. My email list will be the first to know! https://www.yeiou.com/join

Custom architectural portraits, delightful paper boxes, gifts, greeting cards, DIY kits, and decorations for making every day special. Designed and made by Abigail McMurray in Arlington, MA.

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A summer vacation memory makes an excellent gift!
In just about a year and a half of creating these custom house portraits, I've had the privilege of recreating 35 or so special homes with paper and glue.
I spend a lot of time at this desk! After drawing the pieces and cutting them out, I sit here to assemble the house, referencing both my drawing and the original photo.
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About yeiou

Sales 342
On Etsy since 2014
Video summary: Assembling a custom house portrait is an exercise in patience and creative engineering!

Hi, I'm Abigail. I make things out of paper.

Why yeiou?

Because vowels are important!
Because making things up is fun.
Because silliness is underrated.
Because the domain name was available.
Because it rhymes with “Hi, you!” and I am all about enthusiastic greetings.
Because why not?


To be human is to be creative. I have done my best to share and live up to that motto for as long as I can remember. In 2014 I made it official and launched yeiou paper objects at a local arts fair in Somerville, MA with a handful of products (mostly fold-it-yourself gift boxes). Over the years I’ve added more products, more color, and made everything more fun.

I still work primarily with paper and my computerized cutting machine. I still explore the tension between the digital world and the tangible world, and between the 2D world and the 3D world. I still look for ways to spark creativity and delight. I still show up for the same local arts fair in Somerville, MA.

Lately I’ve returned to another childhood interest. As a kid, when I wasn’t folding origami boxes or playing with paper dolls, I was building massive apartment towers out of Legos or spending hours designing virtual homes.

Nowadays I create custom three-dimensional paper house portraits based on a photograph of a home or building. These pieces are framed keepsake paper sculptures based on a digital drawing of your home. I transform the drawing into the components I need in order to build the paper house, and then use my computerized cutting machine to cut the pieces I need, ensuring accuracy.

It has been an adventure to develop this new process and also to hear so many stories of what home means to people. In the first year of offering custom house portraits I completed about 30 of them, and I feel like I’m just getting started!

I work out of my home studio outside of Boston. I live with my husband, who you’ll often see at craft fairs by my side; my sister, who is also an artist and occasional collaborator; and my feline studio assistant, Bash, who keeps things interesting.

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  • Abigail M

    Owner, Chief Paper Folder

    I've been making things out of paper for as long as I can remember. Now, I'm combining my training in graphic design and sculpture with my love of paper, geometry, and architecture.

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