Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 in Illustration, Typography
Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya

Paper art illustration has been an interest of mine since 2009 when I completed my design studies in Sydney, Australia. Since that time I have seen a few pieces pop up here and there, such as the work of Montreal designer Julien Vallée. Vallée was one of the first graphic artists producing paper art I was drawn to: see his work here, along with some of his newer work in video and motion graphics.

Recently, somewhere in the soup of social media I consume daily, the work of Yulia Brodskaya popped up in my feed. As a self-described arts & crafts nerd since the days of the kindergarten craft table, I immediately clicked on the image and was enraptured with her amazing body of work. Brodskaya has been working with paper since 2006. She says of her practice, “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”.

Her work is characterized by vibrant tonal colour palettes and curving paths of paper, interspersed with bursts, curls and recognizable iconography. She has done work in portraiture, fine art and commercial typographic pieces. She has aligned with high-profile clients including Oprah, Neiman Marcus, Godiva, Hermes, Starbucks and WIRED magazine, to name just a few.

The intrigue of her work lies in the interplay between the tactile quality of the raised paper edges, and the delicate rendering of images and typography. Her work is both playful and confident, precise and bold.

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