Alia Woodley uses her paper art as a way of expressing her individuality but also as a form of storytelling. “As a creative, I look at art in a different way and I’m constantly dissecting it and trying to understand how and why it’s made'” she admitted in an interview with Ballpit Magazine. “I do find that being an artist in this day and age can be very overwhelming because there is an incredible amount of talent and work out there!”
She need not worry too much. With her Instagram in full bloom, her paper art is very much delighting and includes animal sculptures and paper donuts. All made with a playful, humoristic edge, and a vibrant color palette. “I believe everyone is creative in some form or another,” says Woodley. “But for me, it’s a defining part of my personality, it’s an outlet for my mind and emotions. As a child, I was always making and creating in some form or another.”
Currently based in the Netherlands, Woodley has graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design where she first realized that she was drawn to tactile design. “I finally had my ‘aha moment’ when I was lucky enough to have an internship at Ginger and Milk,” she recalled. “In the studio in Rotterdam, they created the most wonderful 3D images, posters, and projects. All handmade out of colorful paper. Colors I would never have imagined working with. I had the best most inspiring four months there. I finally felt that I had found what it was that I wanted to do. I wanted to be a paper artist.”
She hasn’t looked back ever since.