I spent a solid hour on Sunday afternoon trying to fashion a crane out of a piece of origami paper using nothing but my own fair hands and a YouTube tutorial. It was very difficult, and ultimately I failed, but at least with my newfound experience I can now assure you that the masterpieces Lydia Kasumi manages to conjure out of what must amount to reams of coloured paper is nothing short of miraculous.
From what looks to be every fruit under the sun, to almost illusionary giant iridescent letters, the illustrator and set designer has a mastery over her medium that demands an impressed “ooooooh!” in response. Where some paper sculpture falls prey to the snappy jaws of overly-cutesy-straight-out-of-a-lifestyle-magazine niceness, Lydia skirts that dangerous territory and instead falls headfirst into graphic art inspired coolness, where the line and the angle are king and shiny paper is a thing to be embraced.
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