This autumn was Rebecca J Coles first time as an exhibitor at Origin. Her intricately cut paper creations built up of shaped pieces fashioned into insect wings are all done by hand and explore Rebecca’s love of repetition, symmetry and collecting.
Rebecca explains how her passion for collecting fuels the paper work: ‘Cementing my love for antique fairs and vintage shops; adoring old packaging, aged comics and embellished crockery; browsing endlessly through style magazines and admiring old book covers; paint charts that host chalky colours taken from Seventeenth Century French furniture; noticing the Citreon DS that dons the perfect Monte Carlo blue…everything becomes a visual delight!’
The butterfly wings are part of Rebecca’s exploration of the art of entomology, the scientific study of insects. Each work is named after a butterfly or after the variety of paper it is cut from. Take a look at Rebecca’s site to see her delicate white-on-white pieces created from textured wallpaper and translucent tracing paper. We especially loved the case contained two blocks of densely pinned insect wings made up from vintage Beano comics – the dusty pastel tones providing the exact colour spectrum required for the piece.
Rebecca studied woven textiles at Winchester School of Art, followed by an MA in Constructed Textiles at the RCA. The paper work has only been a serious commercial project for about a year and the positive response from visitors at Origin proves Rebecca will be wielding her scissors extremely quickly in the months to come!