Cinderella shoes…

Jennifer Collier paper shoe scultures

These delicate paper shoes by Jennifer Collier look like something Cinderella might lose on a staircase – utterly irresistible! They popped up in a press release about the Made By Hand Festival, and totally captivated me.

What Katy Did stilettoMade from pages torn from books (yes, I’m flinching too), they’re the perfect gift for a book lover. And before you explode with writerly concern, I’ve had a chat with Jennifer and she says: “I enjoy nothing more than finding a cook book splattered with food stains or a water damaged paperback that I can save from land fill and transform into something beautiful.”

So she’s not sacrificing books, she’s saving them!

“All my work is created from original papers, most of which are end of life books, which have been damaged in some way, and which I tend to find by scouring charity shops and flea markets.”

Jennifer also runs workshops sharing the skills to enable you to try making your own unique paper sculptures, and works to commission with customers choosing their favourite texts, or supplying the papers chosen, so you can see your own works transformed into a work of art: “Some of the nicest pieces I have made have been people own writing and I have even used their own love letters in the past.”

I think I’m a little bit in love myself…

You can see Jennifer’s creations for yourself at the Made By Hand Festival, Tredegar House in Newport, South Wales, from 30 November–02 December 2012.

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