Fideli Sundqvist describes herself as an image-maker and paper artist. Utilizing colorful paper and a pair of scissors, she creates playful imagery that ranges from anthropomorphized animals to tiny, paper people, and anything in between.
Like most creatives, Sundqvist took to art making from an early age. Growing up in a creative household didn’t hurt either, and Sundqvist most probably took note from her mother, a trained potter. But it was only during her second year at the University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design that she actually came across with paper art.
The discovery itself was by mere chance (or was it fate?). “My brother was studying in Beijing and brought home a book containing paper art,” she relayed in an interview with Magnus Ekbladh. “The book itself was pretty cheesy, but I remember being in awe over the amount of time someone had put into the pictures. That made me wanna try to translate my images into paper cut-outs.”
From there the path to being a paper artist was a short one, and she ended up making a 3D paper elephant for her final project at university. “I ended up working day and night for ten weeks, making the elephant as my final project for the university,” she recalls. “I remember it was becoming really fun, even though I was a bit worried it would look a little too much like scrapbooking.”
Jump forward some years later and she now works full time with paper, with her commissions including prop designs. Here are some of our favorite creations by her.