Friday, September 16, 2011

Elly MacKay - Theater Clouds

Canadian paper artist, Elly MacKay creates and photographs imaginative little worlds that capture the essence of childhood dreams.

Somewhere Between

She cuts and inks tiny objects from YUPO and Mylar (okay, neither is true paper, but close enough). Elly then layers a parchment background inside a miniature theater constructed by her cabinetmaker husband, and wires the colored bits in place. Lights and filters shape an ethereal sense of wonderment.

Follow along with Elly on her blog and see her fascinating process.

11 comments:

  1. Enjoyed visiting her blog, So much more of her sweet creations on her little theater.

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  2. MacKay's work is delightful and charming, and beautifully realized. She achieves a remarkable feeling of fluidity in her workI enjoyed stopping at her site.

    My painter-friends tell me Yupo is not easy to work with, though they love its effects. That MacKay combines it with Mylar is interesting, because of the way Mylar can reflect light and color. A friend used it in an installation, leaving it unpainted; the effect was tremendous, especially when the sun hit the windows of the gallery where her piece was being shown.

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  3. This is wonderful, Ann! I agree, it is close enough :) I don't know why I can relate to the child aspect to it at my age, but I do. She certainly puts a lot of thought into her work. Love it, thanks for sharing :)
    -Molly

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  4. Neat! Loved visiting her blog. Such fun stuff, and so creative.

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  5. ...interesting concept; certainly would be eye-catching

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  6. Very cool. I'm off to check out her blog

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  7. YUPO! I know that "paper". It's supposedly waterproof. There's a whole line of waterproof books (for reading in the tub??).
    How funny that the artist made little sailboats with it! Love them.

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  8. Isn't Elly amazing? Thanks for sharing all you do!

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  9. WOW!!! So cute!
    You asked about the chalkboard paint...I used Valspar...I think it was and it's working just perfectly:) Good luck if you give it a whirl!

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  10. Wow, dreamy photo. Off to peruse her site :)

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