Monday, April 20, 2009

Jo Lynn Alcorn

While paging through the New York Times one day last week, a photo of pale peach paper flowers and green leaves cascading across a staircase wall caught my eye. The beautiful mural in the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Manhattan was created with Maya Romanoff wallpaper by paper artist Jo Lynn Alcorn. Of course me being me... always excited about paper flowers, I immediately googled Ms. Alcorn's website, and asked permission to share her art with you.A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Jo Lynn originally worked as a magazine art director and art buyer, but turned to dimensional illustration to satisfy her love of collage and paper. Not surprisingly, there's much interest in her work in China and Japan where paper creations are revered.Jo Lynn begins by working from a sketch she has drawn in pencil and marker. She chooses a palette of papers that she customizes with paint and pattern, cuts out all the elements, and then constructs the piece in layers, using foam core, balsa wood, tape, and glue. Her graphic design background comes into play as she often works with art directors and photographers to place products such as jewelry or fashions within photos of her dimensional pieces, creating advertisements and catalog covers.She also creates bouquets of custom ordered paper flowers, has written two books of animal, holiday, and seasonal projects for young children, and is currently working on a personal collection of butterflies and insects.
I look to nature, the greatest designer, for inspiration. In my work I try to capture the luscious color, rich detail, and endless variety that I see in nature and at the same time add my own sense of fantasy. Jo Lynn Alcorn
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