Friday, October 28, 2011

Julie Dodd - Paper Eggs

I came across the thought-provoking work of Julie Dodd recently via Twitter. She's an installation artist in England who uses discarded paper as her material of choice to focus on environmental issues.

Julie's concern about the decreasing number of migrating bird species due to loss of habitat (trees) and climate change in the UK, is what prompted her Paper Eggs project. She worked with magazines because of their fleeting nature, translating them into objects that possess a sense of permanence.

Paper eggs

Julie says she often feels compelled to work in multiples. Her creations mimic life, growth and regeneration, thus this stunningly beautiful collection of eggs. Julie stacked and glued layers and layers of magazine pages, returning the paper to a wood-like substance which she then sculpted.

On a related note, she recently spent a year on a fellowship project at Wirral Metropolitan College in England where her body of work was similarly based on the declining number of trees and its impact on the planet. Julie created a miniature paper forest canopy to emphasize that carbon dioxide absorbing trees are the lungs of the world. A Year of Trees is well worth a look.


And now a new feature...

For those of you who don't get over to the All Things Paper Facebook page, (that's okay!) I occasionally share spur of the moment links there. Here are some Facebook Finds you might enjoy from this past week:

Stylish manifold clock
Intricate cut leaves (not paper per se, but amazing!)
Pretty printable gift boxes
Customizable printable 2012 owl calendar
Easiest design transfer method ever
Victorian newspaper dress

12 comments:

  1. Can't find words to describe the beauty of all of julie's work. The eggs have such a smooth finish ,must have been such a lot of work gluing all the paper together. A year of trees by her is so inspiring.

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  2. Her work is fabulous!!! So neat and well made....Like the way she used art to give a message to the world..Hats off to her!!! =)

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  3. I recently have been looking at Dodd's work, too. I think it's wonderful.

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  4. Thank you very much:)

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  5. She is pretty amazing, one of my best friends and her work always leaves me in awe. I am also the proud owner of one of these eggs :)

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  6. these are so beautiful. Incredible Julie; love them! Wonderful use of recycled magazines and creating such wonderful mimics of nature's bounty like you do.

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  7. wow! what amazing talent!!! I also checked out the free owl calendar - amazing! Hugs, antonella :-)

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  8. Oh my gosh, those eggs are simply gorgeous!

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  9. Ann, thanks for showcasing Julie's artwork. I adore her cell books, textiles pieces and the Human Nature 3d piece. I would love to be able to hold one of Julie's sculptured paper eggs.
    Licia

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  10. Wow, those eggs are stunning, what a wonderful project she is doing!

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