The inspiration for Chao Zou’s paper craft project Forest Smell is aroma. “My wife sprayed herself with my perfume,” he explains, “who [wore] the [smell] of the forest for all day…” Motif of leaves were his starting point, and Chao layered a variety of plants within the silhouette of a woman. Alone, it’s a compelling image that has an exquisite shadow box effect. Once you know the short backstory, however, it’s a unique love letter.
Here’s Chao’s paper craft in progress.