Isabelle de Borchgrave

Nov 12, 2018, 07:42 AM

Isabelle de Borchgrave does extraordinary things with paper. And the most spectacular of those extraordinary things are her paper dresses. These are not the throwaway paper dresses of the Sixties, in fact they are not for wearing. Rather, they are sculptures, made from intricately hand painted paper, which is then cut as a dress maker would cut fabric and glued together. Her current exhibition, Africa Inside Me, is a new departure for her. Using pleated paper almost exclusively she has evoked sub-Saharan Africa with geometric designs, specific colours, motifs, animals and landscapes. She has never visited Africa so this is an Africa born of her imagination, photographs, and African art objects. She speaks with us about her career and her inspirations.

Africa Inside Me
Through 20 December www.isabelledeborchgrave.comĀ