Brilliant contemporary artists are upcycling scrap materials to create artworks to campaign an artistic method of reducing waste. There’s Sean Avery who recycles old CDs and crafts incredible sculptures out of them. Matt Wilson’s beautiful bird sculptures are also made entirely from unwanted scrap metal that he collected from junk yards. More and more creative artists are embracing the use of recyclable materials into their craft. And if you’re still doubtful about the outcome of recycled art, let this Japanese artist convince you. Chie Hitotsuyama, a paper artist from Japan, can make realistic animal sculptures by using old newspapers. Take a look at the elaborate details of these incredible newspaper animal sculptures.
But how did the artist craft these exquisite sculptures out of paper? The artist has her own studio where she gathers old newspapers to use as her main material. First, she cuts the newspaper into long strips. She applies water on each strip to make it damp and limp. Then she rolls and twists the wet paper strip in order to form it into a string-like material. Finally, she carefully constructs the sculpture by binding and forming the paper strings together.
Hitotsuyama uses papers with different thickness and contours in order to achieve the desired form. She even takes advantage of the colored prints to bring variations of colors into her newspaper animal sculptures. As an animal lover, Hitotsuyama’s creations mostly depict her most favorite subject matters which are animals. All of her newspaper animal sculptures feature life-life details and naturalistic stance that they almost appear to be actually moving.
Here are some of the most impressive newspaper animal sculptures from Hitotsuyama Studio:
Source: Hitotsuyama Studio