By Katy Cowan
Sharpening his pencil one day, Japanese artist Haruka Misawa discovered that pencil shavings present an arrestingly beautiful form. Curled up in a ring-shaped crown, he observed that they look like the petals of a flower.
So one day, he thought he would reproduce that stunning impression in a more crystallised format, using layers of paper, so that a flower blossoms when a pencil-shaped cylindrical scroll of paper is sharpened instead. The simple forms can be displayed on your desk or as an eye-catching wall decoration.
Speaking more about his process, he said: “These pencil shavings are only about 15mm-40mm in diameter, but a close look reveals individual shavings made of thinly sliced, multi-layered paper. You can sense the materiality of the individual sheets of paper, both from the cross section showing the paper’s original colour and from the printed side. Each paper flower will bloom quietly and softly on your desk. Depending on how you sharpen it, the shavings may be thick and heavy, or so thin as to be almost transparent, so you can’t make the same flower twice. Once you’ve created one, you’re bound to try again.”
Via Faith is Torment
Read more here:: Paper Flowers: Stunning petal artworks crafted from paper shavings