Alia Woodley Creates Magical Worlds Out of Paper

Alia Woodley has a passion for paper art, treating it as an illustration form with which she creates magical sceneries. Based in the Netherlands, she graduated with a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design and has since been hard at work.

“I love working with paper,” she admitted in an interview with Ballpit Magazine. “It seems a simple material, but the options for using it are endless! You can fold it, cut it, tear it, crumple it, crease it, whatever you like to get your wanted outcome. Paper allows me to construct three-dimensional shapes, it allows me to explore scale, texture, and color. No restraints. My mother informs me that even as a small child, I was engaged in creating shapes and forms with various materials including salad leaves.”

“My favorite paper to work with is colored sheets of 100 to 220 grams, depending on what I’m creating,” she added. “The cutting knife I use the most is the Fingertip Detail Knife from Fiskars. It gives me most control when cutting out shapes (and has so far given me least injuries. Yes I have managed to get a Stanley knife right through my hand).”

Treating art as a form of expression, Woodley recalls being a creative child. “As a child, I was always making and creating in some form or another,” she said. “I think art is one of the best ways we have for storytelling, next to film and music. It’s amazing to see that there are so many ways to create. As a creative, I look at art in a different way and I’m constantly dissecting it and trying to understand how and why it’s made. Or thinking of ways I would have made it differently. I do find that being an artist in this day and age can be very overwhelming because there is an incredible amount of talent and work out there.”

Take a look at some of her mesmerizing pieces.