FLF: Anatomical Cross-sections Made from Japanese Mulberry Paper

Lost at E-Minor shared some fascinating art by Lisa Nilsson earlier this month. Her Tissue Series “Anatomical Cross-Sections in Paper” utilizes Japanese mulberry paper.

Lisa writes on her website that:

These pieces are made of Japanese mulberry paper and the gilded edges of old books. They are constructed by a technique of rolling and shaping narrow strips of paper called quilling or paper filigree. Quilling was first practiced by Renaissance nuns and monks who made artistic use of the gilded edges of worn out bibles, and later by 18th century ladies who made artistic use of lots of free time. I find quilling exquisitely satisfying for rendering the densely squished and lovely internal landscape of the human body in cross section.

Her work speaks volumes as it merges my education and my professional world into art. (I have a BA in Japanese and International Studies. After completing my MLIS, I now work as a medical librarian.) Be sure to check out Lisa’s work!

If possible, we’d love to see what fascinating things you can do with Japanese mulberry paper. (And yes, I’m fully aware of the wonderous things MIT’s OrigaMIT club have been up to. I still love the triceratops…)

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