Paper art by Juliana Bollini
Princesses, magicians and musicians – all this beauty with dedication and patience creates Brazilian artist Juliana Bollini. Sculpture made of papier mache plus buttons, beads, and scraps of foil – thus her dolls are born. Juliana Bollini was born and studied Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Then she moved to Sao Paulo. Juliana Bollini is fascinated by paper and scraps. She began working with modeling and clippings on paper in the 1990s, finding her own style in the use of mixed techniques. In 2012, she participated in the International art show Internazionale dell’Illustrazione per l’Infanzia of Sarmede, Italy. Her illustrated book was among the 30 best children’s books of Grow magazine.
For illustrating this book Juliana researched the customs and aesthetics of the time. Along with characters of the book, she traveled to unknown seas and mysterious lands. The artist has a persistent thirst for knowledge, learning history and arts, cultures and crafts.
There is something more in her work, she not simply creates dolls, but characters, poetry, tastefully and creativity. It all began 18 years ago, at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, where I was born and lived until I was 24 years old. A teacher of mine asked to make a bust in the material that we wanted, and as I did not like marble or wood, he suggested the use of paper. He explained the basic technique of “Charter Pesta” (technique used to make the Venetian mask). I liked it so much that started making masks and sculptures with this technique and to this day do not leave to try.
The main elements Juliana Bollini uses as inspiration are those that come from nature (trees, leaves, plants, flowers, etc). She gets inspiration from the little ladies she sees sometimes wearing clothes and color combinations, some children’s books (many are works of art, in her opinion). She loves the old circus, puppet theater, vintage toys and various contemporary artists and masters of old.
The paper represents transformation, challenge, lightness and the ability to create. “I like to be alone, listen to the silence while I’m in my space. Sometimes I put classical music or a quiet sound. At a time doing many circus pieces, listening to the circus music inspired me. I like to imagine that in the dead of night the characters come to life and feel the sense of being free.