cambridge contemporary crafts

Kaper

Kate Kelly (Kaper) is a Manchester-based artist who creates beautiful unique paper sculptures. Taking inspiration from nature and building on her fascination with geometry, Kate has been making her one of a kind paper sculptures since she graduated from her Design Crafts degree in 2006.

Kate’s sculptures are designed, hand printed and hand built in her studio in Manchester. They start off as doodles in her sketchbook, inspired by the great British countryside and rainforest wildlife. She is particularly fond of birds because they are so characterful.

Based on her drawings, Kate designs a three dimensional template with her ruler, protractor and angle measurer. She has always liked geometry, so she enjoys the technical process of working out the mathematics. The templates are hand printed using a blank silkscreen to doodle patterns onto the surface. This ensures each has its own unique textures, patterns and colour palette. She then cuts out and glues all of the parts together to build suspended, free standing or wall mounted paper sculptures. The sculptures are varnished, which gives them a lovely satin sheen, seals their edges and protects them against harsh sunlight so the colours do not fade.

Kate’s sculptures are embellished in different ways, sometimes adorned with floral decorations, twigs, acorns, spectacles or bow ties, so no two pieces are ever the same. She groups them together in various compositions and combinations. Every design has a unique name, which she picks out from beloved books, bands, films or heroes.

As a nature lover, Kate is dedicated to making her business as environmentally friendly as possible. She uses recycled paper and animal friendly products and materials. All paper off cuts are used in embellishments, collaged cards or one-off prints, so very little is left to the recycling bin.

GALLERY

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on info@cambridgecrafts.co.uk or call us on 01223 361200 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £

Great Horned Owl Parliament

Edgar the Raven

Barn Owl Parliament

Barn Owl Parliament

Woodland Tree Wall Hanging

Woodland Tree Wall Hanging

Emilio the Toco Tucan

Hugo the Red Squirrel 

Michonne the Yellow Browed Toucanet

Michonne the Yellow Browed Toucanet

Virgil the Baby Barn Owl

Edgar the Raven

Edgar the Raven

Barn Owl Parliament

Tawny Owl Parliament

Tawny Owl Parliament