Layered Paper Collages by Nathalie Boutté

Nathalie Boutté, a paper artist from Montreuil, France, cuts and gently layers paper strips with astonishing results. Her newest work is an emotional rendition of a beloved photograph of Nathalie's grandfather with her sister.

2011 Nathalie Boutté, Remember. Cut paper, 86 cm x 60 cm

Originally the piece was to be titled "The Little Music of the Memories" as the picture reminds her of Simon and Garfunkel song lyrics...

"Long ago it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They're all that's left of you"


Nathalie chose a music dictionary from which to extract the text, and the other is a very thick white paper she enjoys using. The piece appears dreamlike at a distance, but pixelated when seen close at hand.


It fascinates me that Natalie is able to convey likenesses, even age and small details - perhaps I spy eyeglasses and a mustache - with simple snips of paper. How many times must she step away to get a better view of her work?

Visit Nathalie's website and blog where you'll find collages composed of tissue paper, novel pages, and vibrantly inked tracing paper.

Facebook links this past week included:

A bookish video that's a joy to watch
Make a colorful polyhedra garland
and a fringed paper gerbera daisy ring

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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