Growing up with a potter for a mom and a religion historian for a dad, the artistic lifestyle wasn’t foreign for Fideli Sundqvist. But it was only during her second year at the University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design that she discovered how exactly her artistic spirit would come to shape – through paper art.
“My brother was studying in Beijing and brought home a book containing paper art,” she recalled in an interview with Magnus Ekbladh. “The book itself was pretty cheesy, but I remember being in awe over the amount of time someone had put into the pictures. That made me wanna try to translate my images into paper cut-outs.”
Taken by the rich tradition of paper art, it was only a matter of time until Sundqvist herself would take a piece of paper and a pair of scissors and get to work. “One night I was watching some action movie and straight out of nowhere I got this really vivid idea of an elephant swimming underwater among coral, following a big, red ball of yarn,” she relayed.
“Now I do them all the time, but by then I hadn’t really seen any three-dimensional paper structures. So I ended up working day and night for ten weeks, making the elephant as my final project for the university. I remember it was becoming really fun, even though I was a bit worried it would look a little too much like scrapbooking,” she joked.
But of course, it didn’t end up looking like scrapbooking and her journey to becoming a full-time paper artist was well on its way. Working as an image-maker as well as a prop designer, her creations (both commercial and personal) are now shared through her Instagram page, where she has amassed more than 70k followers. Take a look at some of her work in the gallery below: