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I Cut Old Books Into Hundreds Of Strips, Scales, And Curls, And Turn Them Into Animal Sculptures
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I Cut Old Books Into Hundreds Of Strips, Scales, And Curls, And Turn Them Into Animal Sculptures

The myriad forms and infinite textures seen in the animal kingdom hold my attention and encourage further exploration. This is why I indulge in the creation of my paper sculptures.

Utilising the traditional paper mache technique, these sculptures are made from discarded newspapers and finished with pages from pre-loved books. This imparts them a very light environmental footprint and a very dreamy character. It is as if the words in the book somehow decided to spell it out visually. The inherent black and white ensures no distraction from form/texture, adding an element of light-heartedness and whimsy.

Texture and form have the ability to visually stimulate different tactile memories in different individuals. I am an avid reader and an obsessive recycler. It gives me great joy to patiently layer strips upon strips and think about how texture may be added to the piece to make it playful and invoke a sense of childhood nostalgia.

More info: candidcuts.weebly.com

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AlbinoSquirrel
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6 years ago

Amazing!

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6 years ago

Thank you!

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maggiemoonbeam
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6 years ago

I love these, always assuming that the books have outlived their usefulness -- like irrelevant textbooks, books that might ordinarily be thrown away. To me there's a sacredness to books, especially timeless literature, that may just be waiting for the one person who will love them the most. Having had my brief fuss, do you sell these, Janaki? And, if so, where? They are delightful!

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6 years ago

I agree with you on every count! I generally cut up old books that are a one time read! Yes, I do sell them and I am happy to make a commissioned animal! I am based in South Australia. You can view them all on my website as well as get in touch through there ... http://candidcuts.weebly.com/paper-mache-sculptures.html

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AngelleAlbrechtWebb
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6 years ago

That is so cool! I really like the octopus!

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6 years ago

Thank you @Angelle! Octopus by far took the longest to complete!!

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AlbinoSquirrel
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6 years ago

Amazing!

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6 years ago

Thank you!

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maggiemoonbeam
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6 years ago

I love these, always assuming that the books have outlived their usefulness -- like irrelevant textbooks, books that might ordinarily be thrown away. To me there's a sacredness to books, especially timeless literature, that may just be waiting for the one person who will love them the most. Having had my brief fuss, do you sell these, Janaki? And, if so, where? They are delightful!

Community Member
6 years ago

I agree with you on every count! I generally cut up old books that are a one time read! Yes, I do sell them and I am happy to make a commissioned animal! I am based in South Australia. You can view them all on my website as well as get in touch through there ... http://candidcuts.weebly.com/paper-mache-sculptures.html

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AngelleAlbrechtWebb
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6 years ago

That is so cool! I really like the octopus!

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6 years ago

Thank you @Angelle! Octopus by far took the longest to complete!!

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