Paper and Patience – Helen Musselwhite

29 May

There is something about the texture, colours and thickness of paper, which combined with a high level of skill and patience can be turned into something so very beautiful.  The intricate “paper sculptures” of UK artist and illustrator Helen Musselwhite certainly do not disappoint in this regard.  I cannot imagine the hours that go into each one of these pieces……, not to mention the steady and delicate hand!!!!

“Each piece combines the hand cutting, folding and scoring of a wide range of papers and card that are further worked on to create patterned and textured surfaces. They are then used to build scenes in box frames which are often complex and consist of many layers. This process means that each item of work is truly individual with no two pieces the same.Influenced by the natural world each piece is manipulated to become an intriguing place, a glimpse into another world of fiction and fairytale.”

You can purchase pieces from her website which is well worth a look or you can commission pieces.

All White

I love the all white pieces which rely on the shadow to bring them to life…………


….Bunnies in the Valleys….

Something for the children’s room…..

“Owl Town” is one of Helen’s more recent collection, very whimsical and playful…you can just imagine all the little characters of the owls…

…..but I think “Midnight Foxes” and “Beauties Butterfly” below are my favourites……How about you??

Glass Domes and Wedding Bells

For those of you planning a wedding, the glass domes below would be perfect for a centre piece at a wedding table, they will certainly last longer than a flower display, and would create the perfect talking piece.

On with the colourful journey………………….


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12 responses to “Paper and Patience – Helen Musselwhite

  1. This Sydney Life

    May 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I am in awes of paper artists, and Helen Musselwhite is no exception. The precision, patience and hours and hours (and hours and hours!) of work involved in creating each exacting piece of art just amazes me. Just gorgeous. Cheers, BCD! 🙂

    • This Sydney Life

      May 29, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Please note ‘awes’ is the plural of ‘awe’. It trumps the singular in every way! 🙂

      • birdcagedesign

        May 29, 2012 at 10:11 am

        Ha ha …A new word has been invented in the birdcage today by TSL!!! 🙂 Totally agree re her patience, they are “fantabulous” 🙂

  2. tarapappas

    May 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Wow…incredible work! Thanks for sharing Musselwhite’s work!

    • birdcagedesign

      May 29, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Thank you for stopping by my blog, i am glad you enjoyed, it is really amazing isn’t it…. some very talented people out there.

  3. twoblackdoggies

    May 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Such beautiful and delicate work, I think that the midnight foxes and the last dome sculpture are my favourites.

    • birdcagedesign

      May 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      They are really amazing arn’t they. I cannot imagine how long they would take….not to mention the tears when you slip as you cut the paper (which woud undoubtedly happen to me!)

      • twoblackdoggies

        May 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

        I tried doing paper sculptures at Uni, have to admit that I really sucked at it 🙂

  4. EverydaySparks

    May 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    You had me hooked with that first pic, BCD – love it! These are so fantastic, I agree with TSL – I’m in awes too! 😉

  5. deCamville Design

    June 1, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I am enjoying yours as well! ~Patricia

    • birdcagedesign

      June 1, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Thank you for vvisting, I am enjoying yours too… 🙂


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