Minitecture: Awesomely Artistic Tiny Paper Buildings

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Sharon is one of those many accidental artists who has stumbled upon an incredible art form and then explored it in a variety of compelling ways. Using all kinds of business cards, packing paper, elegant stationary and other colorful sources she has shaped at least a city’s worth of magnificent miniature buildings.

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What started as a joint project with her husband to commemorate places they had visited with structures built from the scraps of paper associated with locations pass through its decorative phase and took on a life of its own – particularly once introduced to the internet.

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In some cases, Sharon models here mini-buildings on real-life structures – often those related to the paper material of which she is making them (e.g. a hotel from its brochure or a wedding venue from its invitation). In other cases she plays up the qualities inherent in the materials.

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Some of the tiny buildings she has posted online show their age through their form, wear and tear. Others are contemporary in their style and crisp in their lines. As you read the dates of each piece you can start to see how they form a stylistic sequence and approach over time.

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Each tiny building has its own history – a story that ties it to a time and place, embedded in the paper used to make it and the form it takes. Some Sharon keeps and posts images of – others she gives away on special occassions. She also encourages others to follow suit on Flickr.

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