Newsprint Openwork Turns Bad News into Exquisite Examples of Art

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: • References: myriamdion and
Without an explanation, could you discern how this Newsprint Openwork series might have been made? It looks as though the individual items were freely woven or stitched, then likely dyed; however, a close look reveals an unexpected quantity and quality of detail.

Believe it or not, Myriam Dion created her Papiers Journaux Ajour├ęs with an exacto knife. She chooses a front-page newspaper story and begins cutting away at all parts of its surface in ways that work with and against the photos and the text. She'll often use her X-Acto to outline the headlines with delicate designs and turn pictures and illustrations into images that appear cross-stitched. Newsprint Openwork is painstaking and pretty and comes off as lace material rather than artistically and systematically excised bulletins.