The Incredible Paper Props of Aline Houdé-Diebolt

There’s nothing like paper art to remind you of the tangible quality of everyday life. Aline Houdé-Diebolt knows best. A freelance paper designer and set designer, Houdé-Diebolt makes elaborate props and complete paper sets of paper.

Inspired by the world around her, Houdé-Diebolt translates the banalities of the day to day into works of magic. Under her skillful hands, the colorful pieces of paper transform into objects that include headphones, mugs, toy trains and even a vintage rotary telephone.

Based in Paris, Houdé-Diebolt actually started out as a textile designer, having graduated from the École Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués Duperré in 2007. “When I decided to become a freelancer, I started by creating textile patterns for a few brands,” she recalled in an interview with Strictly Paper. “But that didn’t fit my need. I needed to craft things. To manipulate and touch materials and colors. That’s how I came to paper.”

“Colors, patterns, and materials are a real passion to me,” adds the French designer. “It always has been this way. I also learned the Traditional Chinese paper technique in a design institute in China.”

Her Instagram page is an endless source of inspiration and color. Scroll down to see some of her selected work: