This sculpture was commissioned by a lovely woman in the U.K whose favourite bird is the Toco Toucan.
The toucan is made entirely from paper, the main body is constructed from card and tissue paper, the texture and feathers are created by hundreds of hand fringed and scored paper pieces. Everything is glued and sculpted by hand.
The client’s favourite flower is the tropical Hibiscus flower so I also made two of these flowers along with different coloured and shaped flowers and tropical leaves- once again made entirely from paper and placed inside the dome. Some of the flowers are not attached which allows for the owner to arrange them how they choose.
The glass dome has a bespoke walnut base and hand made perch.
Glass dome dimensions: dome width 31cm, dome height 44cm, base diameter 33cm
Please see below for creative process, shipping information, production time, care instructions etc.
Creating a bespoke paper sculpture for someone is an exciting adventure, I find the collaborative process very rewarding and creative. Initially we discuss the subject that is close to your heart, this can be anything from a bird or a shell to a particular flower or animal, there’s a lot of beauty out there in the world!
The next step is to decide the approach, whether you’d like to reproduce the sculpture true to life or to use an expression approach, this can be an exploration in colour and paper style, pattern and texture.
Shipping within the UK
Shipping is not included. The price can vary greatly depending on the distance. Due to the fragility of the domes, collection or a designated driver is preferred. Other courier options are available.
Shipping is not included. Special delivery of an entire dome or displays can be arranged subject to cost, various courier options are available.
As a rule the models take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete. There can sometimes be a waiting list, in this event I can produce a bespoke card which can be used as a gift.
It is very important to keep the artwork out of direct sunlight such as near a window, this will avoid colour fading.
Avoid moist environments, such as bathrooms damp conservatories etc.
If the work is put into storage I recommend putting silica sachets in the box to absorb any moisture.