Paper artist and designer Lacy Barry creates anything and everything out of paper, from visual art installations, set designs, props, and paper illustrations for public art spaces to live installations, window displays, interiors, music videos, commercials, and even apparel.
Inspired by color and shapes, her intricate creations (which sometimes take note from architectural designs) are a joy to behold. Originally from the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada and currently based in Berlin, Germany, Barry admits to having had an “over-active imagination” in her childhood, making for an intrinsic need to artistically express herself in anything within reach of her little fingers.
“My family was relocating to a smaller town in the Albertan countryside and I took up work apprenticing my dad, a sign-painter & artist who hand-lettered signs for film sets & businesses,” she recalled in an interview with Bravery Training. “My tasks included cleaning brushes and fetching 8 cups of coffee a day until I was skilled enough hold a quill and grace it like a pro. Taking on some sign-painting gigs on my own, I scraped together enough to enroll in a graphic design course and a part-time business class.”
But it took some time for her original passion to flourish into a full-time job. “Without so much experience in paper, but previous set experience, graphic design education, and some hard-earned business acumen, I took to it like a fish to water,” she says. “It wasn’t long until I was working with a fleet of photographers and directors in the inner circles of Montreal and eventually New York.”
We highly recommend you follow her progress through her Instagram page.