Delightful ‘pencil shavings’ art celebrates summer

Japanese artist Haruka Misawa was working in studio one morning when he had a realisation; that the pencil shavings he was creating were perfectly formed and had their own unique beauty. He saw that they reminded his of the petals of spring flowers and got to work inspired by them creating in his newest work.

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Using layers of paper shavings instead of pencil ones, he has created hundreds of delicate flower blossoms using the same method as one does when creating pencil shavings.

“These pencil shavings are only about 15mm-40mm in diameter, but a close look reveals individual shavings made ​​of thinly sliced, multi-layered paper. You can sense the materiality of the individual sheets of paper, both from the cross section showing the paper’s original colour and from the printed side. Each paper flower will bloom quietly and softly on your desk. Depending on how you sharpen it, the shavings may be thick and heavy, or so thin as to be almost transparent, so you can’t make the same flower twice. Once you’ve created one, you’re bound to try again.”

We love these pretty pieces and can’t wait until we next need to sharpen our pencils in the studio!

pencil shavings art

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