These Paper Sculptures Showcase the Vibrant Personality of Animals

Inspired by nature and the diversity of life, Tiffany Miller Russell creates paper sculptures about wildlife in highly detailed 3D collages.

Her paper artwork is made of imported handmade papers with many colors and patterns. Each piece is thoroughly researched, from thumbnails to behavioral gestures, anatomical sketches and detailed line drawing.

As for the process, Russell briefly explains, “Specialty papers are cut flat, then given shape as I score lines with a bone needle and create forms by pushing the paper with my fingers. Elements may be subtly tinted with a paintbrush dusted in pastels. Acid-free tacky glue is applied by toothpick, and all but the largest elements are placed using tweezers. The sculptures are protected in shadowbox frames behind Conservation UV Glass or Museum Acrylic.”