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A Million Little Pieces…Of Recycled Paper

Wednesday 01.25.2012 , Posted by

For some people, shredded paper is garbage; for others it could be a compost layer for a worm bin, but for Nathalie Boutte it is the perfect medium for creating incredible art. The artist, who lives and works in Montreuil, France, takes thousands of tiny strips of recycled paper (blank paper, tissue paper, pages from books, and tracing paper) and layers them like roofing shingles to construct incredible mosaics. Up close it may be difficult to distinguish her designs, but if you step back and blur your eyes, the exposed ends of the paper strips act like pixels, coming together to reveal stunning images of people, flowers, and even clothing. As you can imagine some of Boutteā€™s pieces are quite sizable, but the artist believes that the larger the collage, the more impressive it will be, and after looking at her collection, I would have to agree.


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Jessica Czeck

Written by Jessica Czeck

Former NYC Science Teacher, Vegan, Singer, Super Virgo, Dreamer, Traveler, Vorzonian Zebra in Human Skin, Mom to @HarrisonLovesMe.

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