Design Friday. Hellen Musselwhite’s Paper Vision.

Use of bold color, strong graphic lines and familiar images help define Manchester England artist, Helen Musselwhite’s visually appealing illustrations. Made from hand cut and folded paper each piece is built to fit inside of a box frame, developed using multiple layers that create complex and refined images that are visually stunning.

According to an interview with Creative Review, Musselwhite began working with paper because she mistakenly thought it would be faster and easier than painting. She also liked the flat continuous tones of the paper surfaces she works with.

Her pieces are for the most part fairly small, with the frames coming in at about 5 inches square, and 2 inches deep on average, although she has created images as large as 24 by 30 inches in size. The small-scale of most of her work adds one more layer of amazement for me, especially when you look at the level of detail in some of her works. Recently she has begun to work in complete three-dimensional space developing a number of pieces that are held inside glass bell jars. One of the things that Musselwhite would like to do in the future is work on a large-scale project, like film or theater sets, which I could completely see. Her work has an immersive quality to it, and on the grand scale f a theater set her audience could be completely drawn in.

Her works are inspired by nature, from the things she sees while walking her dogs in the semi-suburban location of her home in Manchester. Living close to the country side she is inspired by the changing of the seasons, the shapes, colors and sounds of world around her.

Base sketch for "The Number Tree".

The artist studio in Manchester.

"The Number Tree", finished.