Updated: Oct 3
Our October Artist of the month goes to paper art illustrator Marina Adamova who uses diverse techniques to craft her exquisite imagery.
"Anything can inspire me to express my feelings in paper."
Where do you make your paper art?
I’m from Moscow, Russia. I used to work at my studio before but due to different personal circumstances and the pandemic I had to move back to my place, so now I work on different surfaces and try to be as mobile and flexible as possible (as there is also a small kid is always around!)
How long have you been working with paper?
I started in 2013.
How would you describe your approach to paper art?
White, 2.5D, volumetric, with graphic lines and touches of color in the details. Though I’m fond of experimenting with different approaches this style remains my favorite.
Where do you find inspiration?
I can get it from anywhere–whether it’s the sound of a guitar player in the streets of the city, the pure light that comes through the tree leaves early on summer mornings, a cup of fresh boiled coffee or my dog’s cunning smile when he is caught stealing socks. Anything can inspire me to express my feelings in paper.
Describe your work to us in three words:
Clean, bright, round.
What are your favorite papers to work with?
I’m an ambassador of Pergraphica paper in Russia and I should say this love came naturally. I also like Fabriano and Canson papers for their range of colors and textures. Colorplan papers by GF Smith are my choice for white laser cut projects. Gmund papers impressed me as well for the high quality and versatility. To tell the truth I do like to try new materials in my work as it might open new approaches in art for me.
What tool could you not live without?
An Olfa knife , white glue and an awl.
What is the best thing about working with paper as a medium?
There are no special tools or equipment needed to start a project, paper has great visual impact , and it is a natural material to work with the hands.
Who are your favorite paper artists?
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m preparing paper Christmas tree decorations for an upcoming personal exhibition in Hong Kong this winter. I do really hope to see my paper design in a new format soon.