Monday, March 29, 2021

Betty Pepper Gives New Life To Discarded Books By Turning Them Into Miniature Sculptures

Betty Pepper is a paper artist, designer, and a storyteller based in UK. In 2004, Betty graduated with a First Class BA Hons in Jewellery and Silversmithing from The University of Central England. 

She now creates paper sculptures that are narrative in nature often transporting the viewer to a whimsical world inspired by stories and poems. To make the paper sculptures she uses wire, old fabric scraps, and pieces of discarded books. She makes use of any paper she finds in a rummage from books with water-damaged pages to the books with missing pages. The above shown owl sculpture was at display in her village for an advent window countdown. Isn't it gorgeous!

"Re-using materials is an integral part of my work. I like to feel that they have ‘lived a little’ with their own story to tell showing signs of ageing and how they have been treated or, perhaps, mistreated."

She mostly works on miniature pieces depicting houses, birds, trees, kids and animals part of imaginative worlds. Betty's work has been exhibited in many galleries across the UK as well as internationally including Denmark, Munich, Italy and the Netherlands. Her work is available on