Haruka Misawa: Pencil shaving flowers

“Sharpening my pencil, the pencil shavings presenting an arrestingly beautiful form. Curled up in a ring-shaped crown, they looked like the petals of a flower. I thought I could reproduce that stunning impression in a more crystallized way using layers of paper, so that a flower blossoms when a pencil-shaped cylindrical scroll of paper is sharpened. I printed BIOTOPE GA-FS paper with a color gradation, applied paste to the surface, wrapped it around a core into a pencil-like form, and shaved it. These “pencil” shavings are only about 15mm-40mm in diameter, but a close look reveals individual shavings made of thinly sliced, multi-layered paper. You can sense the materiality of the individual sheets of paper, both from the cross section showing the paper’s original color and from the printed side.
Each Paper Flower will bloom quietly and softly on your desk. Depending on how you sharpen it, the shavings may be thick and heavy, or so thin as to be almost transparent, so you can’t make the same flower twice. Once you’ve created one, you’re bound to try again.” – http://misawa.ndc.co.jp/








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