The Paper Art of Cheong-ah Hwang
I recently saw this image on Facebook and fell in love. Isn’t it beautiful?
It’s a tiny sculpture by Cheong-ah Hwang, a self-taught Korean artist who’s passionate about paper. It took about eight hours to create. I emailed Cheong-ah and she sent me links to her website and Flickr page, where I spent a long time gazing at the intricate little worlds she cuts and folds out of paper. I thought you might enjoy, too (click to enlarge images).
The roses are made of tissue paper that she colored with watercolors. The reflection in the mirror is a photograph of simpler roses, cut out and pasted to the back of the picture frame.
Through the Looking Glass was made from two illustrations by Sir. John Tenniel, each visible through one side of a glass pendant. I love how it looks like Alice is actually stepping through the glass.
Cheong-ah was successfully funded on Kickstarter to make prints of this Little Red Riding Hood illustration. If sales are good, she hopes to offer prints of more sculptures, as a way to reach a larger audience of people who might not be able to afford originals ($100-$300 framed). Her work can be purchased from her Etsy store, although Cheong-ah said it’s temporarily closed because she doesn’t have time to run it but plans to re-open soon.
She told me that she also made the cover image for the recently-published Grimm Tales: For Young and Old, by Phillip Pullman (who happens to be the author of one of Isabella’s and my all-time favorite kids’ books, The Scarecrow and his Servant).
Check out more of Cheong-ah’s beautiful work on her Flickr page, including demonstrations of how some of these pieces were made. And you can see even more when the how-to book that she just finished writing will be released (UK first in May, 2013).