Using an origami-inspired folding technique, a French artist creates illuminating sculptures and masks from discarded toilet-paper rolls and paper.
Fascinated with the texture and potential of paper from a very young age, artist Junior Fritz Jacquet has established himself as a master of a very unconventional medium: toilet-paper rolls and other forms of used cardboard.
On his website, Jacquet writes that he "explores and experiments with folding and crumpling techniques, innovating with his fingers methods still undiscovered to create forms and craft poetic objects, that visually enhance any surrounding."
Some of Jacquet's favorite things to create are masks. Resembling something you might have seen in a Jim Henson or Tim Burton film, these amazing cardboard creations are incredibly expressive.
"This diverse collection of masks, which consists of 40 unique pieces, presents unlimited and fascinating faces of fictional personalities," says Jacquet. After being sculpted by hand out of toilet-paper rolls., the pieces are coated with shellac and different pigments.
But Jacquet understands that the face isn't the only part of the body involved in self-expression. So he's also created the Bonhomme Canelle collection--a series that revolves around the same little man, always in a different position. The figure is made out of one sheet of cardboard and stands upright on a wooden support.
Lest you think that Jacquet is all about the faces, he's also got an amazing collection of illuminated paper sculptures. Bearing a striking resemblance to coral or a sea anemone, these delicate pieces are crumpled, folded and sculpted in a sophisticated way diffusing light charmingly, delicately, yet mysteriously.
Check out Jacquet's website for more examples of his amazing "upcycled" art!