Thursday, April 8, 2010

Helen Friel

Helen Friel, a London-based paper engineer and illustrator, has made a fantastic series of cut paper Shadow Books that are not only beautifully designed, but pretty hilarious as well.

The Demise of the Adorable features silhouettes of 6 animals, all of whom have suffered a tragic end. The hare was poisoned after eating crab at a local seafood restaurant. And poor hedgehog, who was burned to death after neglecting a chip pan. It's a cautionary tale indeed.

For The Fellowship of Realists and Associated Literal Thinkers' Tea Party, we get delicate silhouettes of visual puns such as "Christmas" pudding and "butterfly" cake.

And in my favorite of the three, The Elephant is Sociable, but Rarely Speaks at Great Length, the silhouettes featured within are of shadow puppets, with captions about the nature of each animal below. Because I bet you didn't realize that the antelope's timid nature stems from an incident with a pet iguana. Sad, yet true.

You can view more of Helen's work on her website, and her Shadow Books are for sale in her Etsy store.

(Via my love for you is a stampede of horses)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for your comments - they mean the world to me!