“An abundance of blooming flowers or buds, winding green tendrils hung with grapes, a facade drenched with anemones, a butterfly playing in a leafy cascade: the frescoes created for Perrier-Jouet by the American artist Jo Lynn Alcorn are produced from a material that is unique : paper.”
Above, exquisite paper flower tiaras on the runway at Chanel
Above, a 6’x8′ wall of handcrafted paper flowers at the Montreal wedding of Davina & Daniel
Above, floral appliqué dress by Blumarine, Vogue Latin America
At the Chanel couture show, where 65 different headdresses were created out of two stacks of plain white copy paper by Japanese designer Katsuyo Kamo, a milliner and master hairstylist, and his small team.
“The room was all white, with every pillar deeply garlanded in giant paper flowers, tables covered with laser-cut paper cloths, and the staircase laden with yet more cutout roses and camellias. As the girls started to descend in pristine, precision-cut silhouettes, heads decorated with exquisite paper-flower tiara constructions, it was clear this was going to be a Chanel moment to treasure.”
Above, the paper frescoes at the champagne house, Perrier-Jouët, begin with scale drawings, down to the finest detail, which are then cut out, piece by piece, and assembled
Artist Jo Lynn Alcorn uses a 3-dimensional paper collage technique, customising papers in her extensive collection by painting and patterning them as needed. The process begins with a pencil and marker sketch, which is then scanned digitally, and then rework with Illustrator and Photoshop. Next, all the elements of the design are cut out and the piece is constructed in layers, using foamcore, balsawood, tape, pins, and glue to add dimension.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ―Pablo Picasso
“I look to nature, the greatest designer, for inspiration. In my work I try to capture the luscious color, rich detail, and endless variety that I see in nature and at the same time add my own sense of fantasy.”