Handcrafted Recycled Paper Sculptures of Insects & Fungi Document a Curious Nature (Video)

Video screen capture. Artwork: Kasasagi Design/Video by R&A; Collaborations via Vimeo

Human curiosity is that spark in our lives and our awareness that brings us to deep questions and amazing discoveries. It is what drives innovation and creativity, and is the foundation of that ever-important wondering of why we are here. Curiosity about nature and her inner workings is what infuses the art of British artist Kate Kato, who creates intricate sculptures of insects, flowers and fungi using recycled paper from books, posters and more. Watch her in action:

Curious By Nature - Kate Kato from R&A; Collaborations on Vimeo.

Kato's fascination with natural things began at a young age, when her parents encouraged her to spend time outside and collecting bits of ephemera from nature, to keep in tins or boxes that Kato would bring along on walks through the countryside. She was mesmerized by botanical illustrations and museums of natural history. She says:

For me my work can be very nostalgic, taking me back to my childhood and the curiosity that fueled my creativity. “I like to use recycled paper as it reflects that nostalgia, and gives the sculptures a history and narrative. I like people to be able to see where the materials have come from, as well as what I have turned them into, evoking that childish curiosity we all have somewhere inside.

Though she started to draw at a young age, Kato eventually gravitated to three-dimensional sculptures because it is more tactile, and it is easier to see and feel what one is making. She feels familiar with paper as her medium of choice, and will wet it to shape it like fabric, dye it different colours, or stack it or score it or cut it.

Kato views her artistic work as a way to "document" her knowledge of nature. When she encounters a new species, she will research it and build a paper version of it.

Stories like Kato's makes one wonder what are kids missing out on when they are kept indoors for (irrational, I might say) fears of getting dirty, catching germs or getting kidnapped. Kids who do get time outside stand a better chance of connecting with nature, understanding it, and hopefully, cherishing this place we call home. Kato's next exhibition will be at the Confluence Gallery in Twisp, Washington from October 15 until November 19, 2016. You can also find her work on her website Kasasagi Design, Etsy or at the The Craft Centre and Design Gallery in Leeds, England.

[Via: This Is Colossal]