Paper Creation – Anna-Wili Highfield

24 Apr

Owl - Anna-Wili Highfield (source

Taking something as simple as a piece of paper and turning it into something beautiful demands such creativity and, I would suspect, a huge amount of patience.  Starting her career as a scenic artist for Opera Australia, the Sydney based artist Anna-Wili Highfield shows all of these skills in making sculptures of animals from paper and from copper pipe. Understandably Anna’s work is made on a commission basis and she has provided sculptures for companies such as Hermes, the World Wildlife Fund and Anthropologie, as well as many private commissions in Australia and across the world.

Horse Masks for Hermes - Commission in 2011

Panda - commission for the World Wildlife Fund

Paper Sculptures

The paper sculptures are created from archival grade cotton paper, this paper is then painted to give additional texture with colour and then hand sewn together, to create the figure of an animal or bird.  They are stunning, don’t you think?

Copper Pipe

Anna also uses copper pipe to form some of her sculptures.  The copper pipe is bent and manipulated to create sculptural forms which resemble line drawings. Anna also introduces other elements into the sculptures such as bark and driftwood to make something even more special.

So amazing, definately put my paper folding to shame!!  I hope you enjoy.  If you are interested in seeing more of Anna-Wili Highfields work you can see more at her website

On with the colourful journey…………..


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12 responses to “Paper Creation – Anna-Wili Highfield

  1. danielwalldammit

    April 24, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Love the snow owl.

    • birdcagedesign

      April 24, 2012 at 7:17 am

      It is amazing isn’t it, she is very talented. Thank you for taking time to stop by. 🙂

  2. Emmy Charlotte Watts

    April 24, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Woah this is awesome. I love how realistic they look despite being made from paper. Another ace post, thanks x

    • birdcagedesign

      April 24, 2012 at 7:21 am

      Thanks Emmy! Glad you enjoyed, they are stunning arn’t they.

  3. Arsonette Artworks

    April 24, 2012 at 7:27 am

    These are beautiful! I’m not sure if I prefer the paper ort the copper work more!
    Thank you for sharing the art and the information! And may I also say this post is beautifully laid out and flows with the photos you use.

    • birdcagedesign

      April 24, 2012 at 7:30 am

      Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed the post, thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words.

  4. ceebee27

    April 24, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Wow! These are amazing!

    • birdcagedesign

      April 24, 2012 at 7:34 am

      Hi Ceebee, they are arn’t they. so much hard work must go into them. Thank you for stopping by the birdcage. Your travels look amazing btw!

  5. This Sydney Life

    April 24, 2012 at 8:23 am

    How amazing (and creative and talented and patient) is Anna-Wili Highfield? I am always amazed at the incredible people who create new careers out of doing something they love. Cheers BCD.

  6. weirdohamilton

    April 25, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Reblogged this on WTF Am I Talking About? and commented:
    Saw this on Out of the Birdcage. Astonishing!


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