Paper Collage by Baye Hunter

Baye Hunter's distinctive paper collages caught my eye... they are featured in a show titled Bikes, Butterflies & Birds through September 1 at Rectory Gallery on Ward's Island just offshore from Toronto, Canada. Baye works with Japanese paper, hand-printed tissues, and magazine pages.

blue jay paper collage

The subject matter is inspired by the Toronto Islands where she lives. I was interested to learn that the islands are a popular tourist destination and the largest car-free urban community in North America... needless to say, bicycling is common there.


Not only does Baye bike in the Toronto vicinity, but she has ridden extensively in Europe, Asia, and western Canada. She has studied art and is a photographer, watercolor artist, ESL teacher, and web designer - a busy person with varied interests that inform her art.


To create a collage, Baye first draws an image, then chooses papers collected over time that correlate with the subject matter and colors she has in mind.



These are combined with hand-printed tissue paper onto which she stamps patterns and adds a color wash. She applies the papers to a backing paper which is then cut or torn into pieces. Each piece is adhered to the drawn image, and lastly, a color-softening paint wash is applied.


 See more of Baye's art on her website.


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  1. Oh wow, these are amazing! I especially love the first one.

  2. Wow, love all the Birds. That Owl stole my heart. :)
    When I went to Malaga , Spain last year I saw an artist who used this technique. She did a whole street scene of the shops, houses and street by ripping different papers from magazines and newspapers .and gluing them down.


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