|Wen Qiuwen and her work [gzdaily.dayoo.com]|
A young artist from south China's Guangdong Province recently gained popularity for her paper-folding art that recreate the shapes and forms of extinct animals to promote nature conservation.
Wen Qiuwen, 31, has been fond of practicing origami using sheets of paper ever since she was young.
She once tried to make a paper garden when she was in grade 5 and always tried to make toys in her spare time. This developed her outstanding spatial imagination.
Wen attended many kinds of competitions making aviation models or architectural models at her high school. Then, Wen was admitted to the department of oil painting of South China Normal University.
Through her interest for photography and paper sculpture, she chose to become a photography and production designer after graduation. She opened her own paper sculpture workshop in 2014.
Wen said at the time she wanted to build small paper scenery and edit models into photos which can be used to tell unique stories or produce beautiful print ads for online stores.
Because of the limitations of the materials, Wen got stuck in making large-scale sculptures. It was not until 2016 that she went to a traditional lantern factory in Foshan city, in Guangdong.
Wen saw a lion head made of paper in the plant and asked the manager to give it to her as a present. Wen redecorated the lion with her paper products, making it a lovable lion.
The boss of the plant put forward a proposal right away to cooperate with Wen to innovate his lanterns after seeing the lovable lion.
Wen has made many products at the factory. The paper sculptures that she made attracted the attention of shopping malls and private museums.
Relying on traditional festival lantern crafts, Wen made progress on paper art and learned more about traditional handicraft.
Although she gets lots of orders now, she has also kept her own dream which is to do paper sculptures of extinct animals to stimulate people's concern and passion for environmental protection.
(Source: gzdaily.dayoo.com/ Translated and edited by Women of China)