I recently came across these pieces and it was love at first sight. The art was very colourful, original, beautiful and often done in the unusual places. The name of the artist behind it all is Mademoiselle Maurice and we are loving her work!
As you’re probably guessed Mademoiselle Maurice is a french artist and she studied architecture in Lyon. I think you can see its influence in her work, in the way her art is structured and the fact that she often creates her pieces around buildings and other objects. She spent a year living in Japan and was inspired by the legend of 1.000 cranes and Sadako’s story (I advise you to read the full story here if you don’t already know it). So Maurice’s art often uses origami to tell a story. Besides folding paper, the artist likes to use lace, tread and embroidery with other mixed materials.
In order to escape the grey city life of Paris, Mademoiselle Maurice started breaking the urban monotony with her colourful touches. That’s how the Colours and Paper project was started, that has by now graced numerous countries like France, Italy, Sweden, UK, Australia and Mexico. Don’t get fooled, her work is very vibrant and positive, but it often raises important questions about human nature and our relationship with the environment. And on top of it all, the artist donates 20% of all her commercial work fees to humanitarian or environmental organisations.