Not your average origami: paper artist Zoe Bradley comes to Sydney

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Published:  September 20, 2016
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Paper artist Zoe Bradley creates a three and a half metres tall by four metres long bespoke couture gown that is made up of nearly 400 hand-sculpted paper roses for Chatswood Chase Sydney.

A former fashion designer at Alexander McQueen, Zoe Bradley discovered her love of working with unexpected materials when creating showpieces for the fashion house for its fashion shows. It was not until 2005 when she worked with paper for designer Michiko Koshino Autumn/Winter show where she developed a series of paper showpieces; these pieces grew organically from hand pleating pieces of paper. This started her on a progressive and continuing journey of creating intriguing sculptures in papers sourced from all round the world.

Her paper sculptures grew bigger, bolder and were featured in major fashion shows and retail outlets.

Her clients include Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chopard, Tiffany, Christian Louboutin and major department stores around the globe from Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, Bergdorf Goodman in New York to Harvey Nichols & Harrods in London.

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ZBDL FOR BURLINGTON ARCADE
Photo by: Jamie McGregor Smith, 2015

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ZBDL FOR MICHIKO KOSHINO
Photo by: Ram Shergill, 2005

Most recently, Bradley flew in to Sydney with her two assistants to create The Red Rose Dress – a gorgeous installation of almost 400 hand-sculpted paper roses that stands at three and a half metres tall and four metres long – at Chatswood Chase Sydney.

The dress, commissioned by the shopping centre, has the illusion of silk due to the luminous quality of the rich burgundy paper. It was unveiled earlier this week but it took Bradley and her team an entire week to put the pieces together onsite. This is apart from the 100 hours they spent back home in London curling 12,500 petals and piecing the individual flowers together.

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Photo: Jason Corroto

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Photo: Jason Corroto

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Photo: Jason Corroto

“It’s a long tedious process,” Bradley tells desktop. “But it’s always exciting to see it all come together.”

Working with paper is easier, adds Bradley. “It’s much more difficult to hold fabrics in a structure. It can be done but you will need to pin the fabric, make it tougher so that it stands and holds its own. Paper’s a lot tougher and easier to manipulate,” says the artist.

That’s not to say that fashion is a thing of her past. “It’s in my blood. My great-grandfather was a tailor. My fashion experience is something I tap into when making these showpiece structures. I work with paper just as a designer works with fabric, folding, curling, scoring and stitching the paper.”

Prior to her first visit to Sydney, Bradley and her team created a large-scale chandelier that was installed at the entrance of Team Great Britan’s house for the Rio Olympics.

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ZBDL FOR RIO BRITISH HOUSE RIO
Photo by: Luke Garcia, 2016

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ZBDL FOR RIO BRITISHHOUSE RIO
Photo by: Nina Pennick, 2016


The Red Rose Dress is on display on Level One of Chatswood Chase Sydney until 30 November.

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