Canadian artist Elly Mackay makes the most wonderful ‘Theater Clouds,’ beautiful storybook illustrations that are constructed with paper. She first draws her characters on a paper called Yupo paper, a plastic paper – it has strength, bends without creasing, takes ink and captures light well – and then places them on a small stage, her theatre, which is open on all sides which allows her to light the set from all angles. For her background skies and landscapes she uses tissue paper. Once all the bits and pieces are finished she holds them together with wire and photographs it.
There is something magical about her work, it harks back to another time, an older, slower time, full of innocence and wonder.
Here’s what she says about her work:
My work often tells a moment in a story, and often plays with the themes of childhood, and the ephemeral. I look to my own childhood, my experiences as a mother, Victorian curiosities, vintage book illustrations, set design, and the land and weather here . At times I work on a larger scale, creating installations. In the future I hope to do some animation as well.
Via Lost In E Minor
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