Illustration, Paper Craft

Cut Paper Shadowboxes Chronicle the Curious Life of a Busy Fox


Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Kel­ly Pousette cap­tures sto­ry­book scenes in paper dio­ra­mas. The shad­ow­box illus­tra­tions are vignettes that chron­i­cle the adven­tures of a small fox as it tra­vers­es win­tery scenes, naps by a cozy fire, and enjoys the beau­ty of blooms.

Every­thing is cre­at­ed with a flu­id, painter­ly feel; Kel­ly uses tools like char­coal, water­col­or, and con­te cray­on to pro­duce her images, and styl­is­ti­cal­ly, this sets her apart from oth­er shad­ow­box­es I’ve seen. In her approach, edges dif­fuse and bleed into one anoth­er, but it doesn’t take away from the dimen­sion­al­i­ty of her com­po­si­tions.

Kel­ly offers some insight to how she makes her work. “Basi­cal­ly I cut every­thing by hand, and then fix all the dif­fer­ent pieces to stand,” she explains. “Depend­ing on the detail, some pieces take longer the oth­ers. I then use light­ing or even the nat­ur­al light in my stu­dio to cre­ate shad­ows. Some­times mov­ing one sin­gle piece cre­ates a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent mood. I love it.”

See Kelly’s work in progress on Insta­gram. (She’s one of my 10 inspir­ing paper artists to fol­low!) She also sells some of her work through her Etsy shop, Once Upon a Lit­tle Fox.

Illustrator Kelly Pousette creates cut paper dioramas that chronicle the storybook adventures of a curious fox.

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette

Cut paper diorama by Kelly Pousette