Yulia Brodskaya is a highly regarded paper artist and illustrator. She uses two simple materials-paper and glue, and a simple technique that involves the placement of carefully cut and bent strips of paper – to make lush, vibrant three-dimensional paper artworks.
Yulia Brodskaya started working as a graphic designer and illustrator in 2006, however quickly abandoned the computer programs in favour of paper art: “Paper always held a special fascination for me. I’ve tried many deferent methods and techniques of working with it, until I found the way that has turned out to be ‘the one’ for me: now I draw with paper instead of on it”.
Soon after discovering her passion and unique style, Brodskaya has swiftly earned an international reputation for her innovative paper illustrations: her modern take on the paper craft practice has helped her build an impressive list of clients in just a few short years (close to 200 projects and commissions over the 7 years).
Gypsy: This is a self-initiated work, one of a series of portraits that I have started recently. I have chosen to work on portraits because I was curious to know what can, and what cannot, be said within the boundaries of the chosen medium—edge-glued paper strips and material— and if it is possible to successfully convey meaning and emotions. And what is more challenging than a person’s face? The additional photographs of Gypsy show the paper art from varying angles.
Cherry Blossom: This piece was commissioned by a fragrance brand whose product’s aroma featured a summery, cherry scent. My task was to create an atmosphere of summer with flowers, cherries, and bright, sunny colours.
Shopping: This paper illustration was part of a promotional campaign for a shopping mall in Hong Kong. Besides this key design, the project included the animation and exhibition of my work, as well as custom-made installations.