British artist Bekx Stephens creates gorgeous three-dimensional sculptures by folding simple sheets of paper into complex forms. Working with just acid-free paper and thread, she creates intricate artworks that draw from her natural talent and her connection to the art of origami. After searching for a low-impact material to work with, she settled on acid-free paper - a simple, biodegradable, and recyclable material with lots of potential!
We first encountered Bekx Stephens’ beautiful origami sculptures at last year’s New Designers Show in London. With a fresh degree in crafts from the University of Derby under her arm, the artist said she has been folding for just over a year. Stephens works with paper‘s natural properties and she says that she never attempts to ‘pre-plan or try to predict what might happen when starting a piece’.
Paper is an oft-overlooked product, and people often ignore the potential of processed tree pulp – Stephens reminds us of what this amazing material can do. Each piece was created using a single simple fold that is repeated and combined with new shapes through a few stitches of thread, giving a new dimension to the art of folding.
Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat