Paper-Cut-Project, amazing handmade Paper Wigs & Masks

29 May
Paper cut projectMarie Antoinette paper wig
Duo Amy Flurry and Nikki Salk, aka the Paper-cut-project. The former fashion writer and local boutique owner, formed an artistic partnership to create handmade paper sculptures and installations in the midst of a free-falling economy in 2009.

“It was a glum moment, but both of us still needed an outlet for our creativity. So we got together and imagined one that nobody was directing but us,” says Flurry.

Their first job: Design windows for the New York and Atlanta outposts of Jeffrey, the longtime arbiter of high-end women’s fashion in Atlanta. “We had a plan for a window and thought that maybe we could convince someone to go along with,” says Flurry. “Then, we thought: ‘The Jeffrey window.’ They knew both Nikki and I, and on trust and with a little bit of collaborative effort with their visual director, they gave us the windows in New York and in Atlanta.”

Wigs for the Jeffrey Windows




Since then, Flurry and Salk, a formally trained artist, have cut their way through commissions for some of fashion’s most recognizable and respected names: a mess of Shirley Temple curls in a bouffant for a holiday window display at the Bay; strands of coal-black hair for a series of wigs for Kate Spade; an exclusive collection of animal masks for Hermès.

Animal Masks for Hermès



Horse 2

Any given Paper-Cut-Project sculpture can be made up of thousands of hand-cut, hand-placed, hand-glued pieces, the final work sometimes taking upward of 80 hours to create. And the duo doesn’t have six months to create seven pieces when Italian Vogue comes knocking. Paper-Cut-Project does it in a month. 

Vogue Italia, ph. by Greg Lotus

Paper-cut-project, ph. by Greg Lotus, Vogue Italia

Paper-cut-project, ph. by Greg Lotus, Vogue Italia

Paper-cut-project, ph. by Greg Lotus, Vogue Italia

Paper-cut-project, ph. by Greg Lotus, Vogue Italia

“For the two of us to work together, it is this very fluid knowing because we’ve done it together from the start. It would be almost impossible to bring somebody else in because it’s a piece-by-piece, cut-by-cut situation,” says Flurry. “People look at these pieces, and they think, ‘You must have had a whole crew of people sitting around cutting this stuff.’ It couldn’t work that way.”

And then Christie’s called. The elite New York auction house phoned the duo during the last-minute prep for its high-profile sale and exhibit of Elizabeth Taylor’s couture collection. “They had all these exquisite jewels for couture on the mannequins, and they looked goofy without something on the head,” Flurry says. They knocked out four pieces in two weeks, including a daisy-adorned ponytail to top Taylor’s lemony chiffon sundress she wore for her first wedding to Richard Burton.

Wigs for the “Hollywood Costume” exhibit at the V&A

BarryLyndonBarry Lyndon ElizabethGoldenAgeFrontElisabeth, the golden age BirdsBirds VirginQueenThe Virgin Queen shakespeare in love, ElisabethShakespeare in Love, Elisabeth Shakespeare in love, JosephShakespeare in Love, Joseph GangsofNewYorkGangs of New York CamelotCamelot (front) CamelotCamelot (back)

The duo was also commisioned by Valentino and collaborated with the Victoria & Albert museum, a 16-piece collection of paper wigs for their “Hollywood Costume” exhibit.



The Paper-cut-projectAmy Flurry and Nikki Salk, ph. by Caroline Petters

One Response to “Paper-Cut-Project, amazing handmade Paper Wigs & Masks”

  1. Soul Safari 29 May 2016 at 16:58 #

    ART! Thanks for this amazing post.

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