November 22, 2013

Paper costumes by Wang Lei


Chinese Wang Lei’s affinity for costumes may derive from his time as a drama student. As an artist, he creates garments for actors more symbolic than real. He does so using not thread, wool or woven cloth but paper: toilet paper in some works, Bible pages in others. 


The two imperial robes of Fabrication are knitted from a Chinese-English dictionary whose covers, pages neatly excised, form part of the display. Narrow strips of paper were dampened, then rolled and twisted into yarn.


I find it amazing what people can make from materials like paper and how about the Trash me lamp from &Tradition which is made out of paper pulp! Picture by Marjon Hoogervorst