Paper artists are often full of surprises. Case in point is today's featured artisan, Patricia Chemin, who lives in the Brittany region of France. She has been working almost exclusively with tissue paper for the past nine years... yes, ordinary tissue paper. Who would imagine it could be turned into objects of such beauty?
Self-taught and one who has always loved to create, Patricia told me she was drawn to tissue for its lightness and the delicacy required in its use
"I fell in love with its
huge potential for transformation and its
indescribable emotion when I give birth to a
creation full of life from such a simple
"I realize many things... little paper people
that I started to make just because I have
always written stories and invented worlds with bizarre
"Inspired by nature, everyday life, literature and children, modeling tissue paper allows me to give
life to my characters. I also shape chimerical dishes, cocoons, flowers and ornaments for hair."
While designing a display in the window
of a florist friend a few years ago, it occurred to Patricia that her passion could become a profession.
She manipulates tissue by crumpling, tearing, gluing, painting and repainting until an imagined form is achieved.
Current work is low paper relief
inspired by vegetation and the sea world that is painted with
acrylics, embroidered and applied to old barrel boards,
as well as tissue paintings that are reinforced on fabric.
"Folds become wrinkles in a face or imperfections of an object. They are central to my work and talk about my attachment to the wear
and patina of time.
Patricia's work is frequently seen in galleries and will be exhibited in Douarnenez, France at Galerie 7, July 15-31 and August 16-31, 2016. She is already creating pieces for the window of Les Enfants de
Dialogues, a bookstore in the town of Brest, France for the Christmas season.
See more of Patricia Chemin's tissue paper art on her website.