Dazzling 3D paper sculptures of birds, bees, and other creatures
UK-based designer and illustrator Lisa Lloyd worked for nearly 20 years as an animator, director, even a creative director. But the one thing she was missed doing was creating her own work. So, six years ago she started creating designs out of paper in her free time. Now she creates incredible 3D hand-cut paper sculptures inspired by nature.
“I first made a 2D paper hummingbird. I loved working with the paper and found the whole experience really relaxing, almost like meditating,” says Lisa. “I started to experiment with three-dimensional models and tried to challenge myself with more difficult designs.”
Whether it’s a paper bird made from intricate layers of feather-like paper, or a colourful chameleon adorned in individually-cut paper scales, Lisa’s inspiration comes from her love of patterns, symmetry, colour, geometry and texture.
Lisa eventually became a member of the Paper Artists Collective. Not long after she received her first big break from Waitrose Magazine in the UK, where she was asked to make a paper blue tit for the cover. Recently two more of her creations were featured at Milan Design Week as a part of a Wunderkammer curated by CASAfacile magazine.
On average it takes Lisa 5 days to make one of the models. For example, the blue tit’s feathers were all hand-cut and fringed; the body was made from hundreds of hand-cut pieces of paper. The chameleon and bee are both made from approximately 600 little hand-cut paper triangles.
Her impressive style has earned her an extensive paper sculpture portfolio filled with work for clients such as Asahi, The Guardian, BBC, Disney, Hershey, Universal Music Group, Sony, and more; all of which you can see on her website and Instagram.
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