Abstract sculptures made from hand-colored paper strips
Artist Hadieh Shafie has put her own spin on the venerable art of paper quilling, creating stunning surreal pieces as a consequence. Her most current artworks are made of hand-painted paper strips that have been wrapped into thick coils and thin pyramids. For a kaleidoscope appearance, the individual forms are then grouped into bigger rings or rectangles.
Shafie uses the chance to make whole artworks on the paper before slicing them into pieces, in contrast to many papers working with different techniques that entail rolling solid sheets of plain paper. She documents her process with pictures, showing the paper as it is being colored in vivid hues and embellished with handwriting that includes Farsi text. Shafie writes on Insta, “Repeating is a huge component of my technique and at every stage of how I operate. “I will have sketched the same shape hundreds of times today by the end of the day. I once kept count. I don’t any more. I just keep repeating the same thing.
Shafie will also color the paper before it is wrapped, and when the scrolls are arranged in their ultimate configurations, they will be dipped in color to create a repeating fore-edge motif.
The centuries-old art of paper quilling has been reinvented by Hadieh Shafie.
Before slicing the paper into pieces, Shafie uses the chance to create whole artworks on it.
She occasionally writes the same word many times.