When did you first start working with paper?
“I started experimenting with paper art while I was studying architecture, about twenty years ago. It’s been an evolving interest for me since then. I was a very artistic child. At the beginning of every year, my parents would buy me a stack of twelve sketchbooks and I would fill one a month.”
What kind of techniques do you use?
“I have a very organic approach to paper art. I try to treat paper as more of a sculptural material, and like molding, shaping, curving and layering. Cutting, texture and volume are also very important to me. I learned through practice, experimenting and trial and error. When I started my paper art while at university, I was simultaneously making a lot of architecture models, so I also mix in a lot of the things I learned at the time.”
What do you find most challenging about your work?
“I find it very important to push my limits and capacities while creating, and I also push the limits of the materials themselves. It’s a constant challenge for me. Can I make this in paper? How real can I make it look? How small can I make it? I really enjoy the mix of excitement and a bit of fear when I’m trying to create something new. I am always wondering whether it will work out like I imagine.”
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- You can find the whole interview with Raya in Issue 28.
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Text Jeannette Jonker Photography Raya Sader Bujana