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.
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?
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.
On with the colourful journey…………..