Malena's paper skills are completely self-taught. Her evocative sculptures are often inspired by everyday life. Some are lit from within and each is beautifully photographed.
While there are always comparisons that can be drawn between altered book artists, Malena more than holds her own in originality judging by the diverse examples that feature stand alone figures, as well as exterior and interior dioramas.
Many of her pieces include recycled materials. She says this is not just an ethical statement, but because they add authenticity and charm.
Malena created this altered book as a tribute to Emily Dickinson, one of her favorite writers. It features hand cut words of Dickinson's poem, A Book.
I was delighted to see Malena also creates paper jewelry from old book pages and pretty metal findings.
This statement necklace is composed of hundreds of squares. It reminds me of a soft woolly caterpillar!
Malena says, "Making things has always been incredibly important to me and it is often an amazing release to get it out of my system."
She created this necklace from the sheet music of a Spanish love song... I can't image a more appropriate first anniversary gift.
Malena accepts custom orders via her shop or Facebook page.