Did you see the beautiful opener on page 77 of the January issue of Living? It features a piece by paper artist Anandamayi Arnold, who makes stunning, lifelike botanicals using crepe paper. The image below is entitled "Kumquat Branch, 2012." Can you believe the kumquat is made of crepe paper? I have to do a double take each time I look at her work.
Anandamayi is inspired by old-fashioned surprise balls, which are vehicles for storing small toys and treats. They are made of wound crepe paper and are meant to unravel to reveal the surprise stored inside. Anandamayi gets her crepe paper from one of our favorite shops (we wrote about them here), Castle in the Air in Berkeley, California. You can see more of her work here (how amazing are these dresses made of crepe?). Watch the video below to see Anandamayi discussing her work.