Thursday, November 11, 2010

Miss Clara

I was in Les Trois Hiboux children's bookshop about a week ago, looking for a present for The Nephew™, when I stumbled upon a little art exhibit by Miss Clara.  She has two books coming out— La Petite Poule Rousse (The Little Red Hen) and Trois Petits Cochons (Three Little Pigs), both published by Éditions Scarabéa.  

On display were a dozen or so shadow boxes (boîtes vitrines) peopled with small, exquisitely crafted characters out of her picture books—pigs, chicken, geese and the like.  Made with layers of thin paper and fine silk upon an under-structure of wire, they also include found objects (buttons, discarded hardware, feathers...) and collaged backgrounds of book pages and old wallpaper. 

Out of such prosaic and discarded materials, she creates a tiny dream world of poetry and magic.

Miss Clara worked as a graphic designer for nine years before she began creating her dioramas and collages.  Her work can now be seen in magazines, books and art galleries. Some are even available as paper goods from La Marelle.  Her home town is Bordeaux, where she still lives and works.

PS.  Here is a little video about Miss Clara and her world, in case you'd like to see more. In French.

Découvrez Miss Clara et ses merveilles en papier sur Culturebox !


  1. Gorgeous work! thanks so much for sharing it!

  2. Hi dear Maral ! :)
    Thank you for your nice comment, you made me feel great!!!!! and thanks for this lovely post and video.

  3. LAURA: Hola!! It was so wonderful to see in real life that I had to share it here!

    Dear PARISA: I'm so glad you like it!

  4. J´aime j´aime j´aime Miss Clara... très minutieuse...

  5. I love her world. I have also posted this video and can very easily imagine myself living like her. Her handmade paper bags are beautiful too. How wonderful to be able to see her work for real.

  6. STEL.LA: Moi aussi, j'adore son univers..,

    DEB: It was fabulous just stumbling on her show like that, I had no idea it was there. A wonderful surprise, really magic!

  7. Your blog is so FUN. Thank you for sharing these little vignettes, they are so sweet.

  8. Hi !!! :)
    About the catalog, I think you could write an email to them and say your request.
    Email :
    (my copy is what they have sent to every accepted in their contest)
    Have a nice time

  9. DLS: Thanks... so glad you like them!

    PARISA: Thanks you for the info, I am going to write to them. Hopefully I can get my own copy, I bet it's beautiful! Congratulations again!!

  10. Hi Hazel — v. happy that you like it!

  11. such a great idea and so amazing!!
    I like it very much! :)


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