Toilet Roll Tube Sculptures by Anastassia Elias


If the test of a true artist is the ability to find inspiration in even the least likely of places, then Anastassia Elias certainly passes. The artist creates paper dioramas inside the cadrboard hollows of toilet paper. Toilet roll tubes aren’t the most obvious sources or sites for artistic inspiration but Elias quite literally fills them with her creativity.

She creates cross sections of cardboard containing miniature worlds on a Lilliputian scale and then adds back lighting to give the tube tales a surreal, story tale quality.

She explains the process, “I cut the small paper shapes that I stick inside the toilet paper rolls. I use tweezers to manipulate the paper shapes. I select the paper of the same color as the roll. It gives the illusion that the paper figures make part of the roll.”

The mini scenes have all the simple charm of traditional craft work like paper cutting or engraving. The lighting injects the scenes with all the dramatic intensity of shadow puppet performances.

This week she released a book cataloguing her endeavors in this unlikely medium, titled Rouleaux. The book contains 67 unique little worlds inside rolls. It is a retrospective of her career in the medium from 2009 to the present day which has made her one of the most celebrated figures in the design world for her unique approach.

It just goes to show that inspiration really can come from the most humble and the least expected places.






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