KaperMenagerie

KAPER The paper sculpture menagerie, bespoke & handmade

Manchester, United Kingdom · 143 Sales

KaperMenagerie

KAPER The paper sculpture menagerie, bespoke & handmade

Manchester, United Kingdom 143 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(32)

Announcement   Hello! My name is Kate and I make unique paper sculptures, woodland wall art, baby mobiles and dapper owls at my open studio in Manchester, England. All are individually hand printed & one of a kind. They make lovely first anniversary wedding gifts for adults as well as cheerful decorations for nurseries. Bespoke service & customized embellishments are available on all designs. Prompt postage, free shipping & gift wrap, wherever you are in the world. Do get in touch if you have any questions.

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 14, 2017

Hello! My name is Kate and I make unique paper sculptures, woodland wall art, baby mobiles and dapper owls at my open studio in Manchester, England. All are individually hand printed & one of a kind. They make lovely first anniversary wedding gifts for adults as well as cheerful decorations for nurseries. Bespoke service & customized embellishments are available on all designs. Prompt postage, free shipping & gift wrap, wherever you are in the world. Do get in touch if you have any questions.

Kate Kelly

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Kate Kelly

Purple Pink floral garland 1 metre length
Purple Pink floral garland 1 metre length
$33.33
Toco Toucan Sculpture, exotic bird paper art
Toco Toucan Sculpture, exotic bird paper art
$386.67
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5 out of 5 stars
(32)
AnnaLMMJ

AnnaLMMJ on Jun 14, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Arrived beautifully packaged, it put a huge smile on my face when I opened it. Now to decide where to display my new little friends! They're so cute and lovely. Thanks so much! :)

carolinecummins4

carolinecummins4 on Jan 31, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I bought this as a gift for a friend and was really pleased with it. It arrived quickly and was well presented, beautifully made and super cute!

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Updates

My business is 12 years old this summer! In celebration I will be sending surprise gifts with any order placed in June 2017 blush

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Today I am making floral garlands in my studio blush

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Bright Pink Floral Garland, 1 metre length
Bright Pink Floral Garland, 1 metre length
$33.33
I've added some new guys to the shop, perched on floral swings relaxed

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About

Hand printed paper sculptures, bespoke wall art & baby mobiles

Hello!
My name is Kate and I make unique paper sculptures in a woodland theme. My range includes barn owls, squirrels and lots of different bird species. I also like to make insects and floral decorations.

My sculptures are my own design, which start off as doodles in my sketchbook, which I work out into three dimensional designs with my ruler, protractor and an angle measurer. My templates are hand printed and assembled with their own unique embellishments, to become individual sculptures to adorn your walls and bring cheer to your decor.

I design and build my sculptures at my open studio in Manchester (UK). If you're local to the area you are very welcome to visit and get a peak at all of my newest designs. (More info below.)

Every item can be personalized and made especially for you; whether it is an owl portrait of your family, flowers to match your favourite colour scheme, or a special First Wedding Anniversary gift.

My sculptures are embellished in different ways and I group them together in various compositions and combinations, sometimes adorned with flowers, acorns, spectacles or bow ties, hanging from handmade twigs (made with sturdy steel wire), handmade wooden bird stands and cages, or freestanding.
I learned hand printing processes during my Foundation Course over a decade ago and still get such joy out of working with the inks and equipment to create individual prints. My Design: Crafts degree taught me a broad range of skills in many different materials, however I have always loved paper. It is humble, universal and always on hand for any imaginative adventure.

How I make my sculptures:
They are based on sketchbook doodles of wildlife; predominantly birds, because I find them so characterful. When I'm happy with my drawings I design a 3d template with my ruler and protractor. The design process uses some traditional maths, rather than computer programming, as every aspect of my designs is hand made. I have a rather technical brain, so I enjoy the maths of working out the different shapes! Contours and overall structure is important here for aesthetic purposes and also to ensure the finished model will be strong and robust. Each paper model is hand printed, using a blank silkscreen to doodle patterns onto the surface. This ensures each has its own unique textures, patterns & colour palette. Then I cut out and glue all of the parts together. They are then varnished, which gives the sculptures a lovely satin sheen and also seals their edges and protects them against harsh sunlight.

My studio space:
I have a little studio in Manchester Craft and Design Centre (Manchester, England) where I can be found most days designing or building little creatures. The walls of my studio are white brick, with grey trees painted onto them. My sculptures adorn the walls, which feels like I am working inside a bright, colourful menagerie. My studio is open to the public Monday-Saturday 10-5.30, should you be in the Manchester area and care to visit. Manchester Craft and Design Centre is a vibrant community of around 30 resident makers in 18 unique studios. It is a lovely place to work.

Every design has a name, which I pick out from beloved books, films or heroes of mine. My favourite design is Edgar the Raven, because he takes so long to make and he was the first free standing sculpture I made. I remember feeling a sense of pride (and relief!) once his legs were attached properly and I knew he could stand securely on his own two feet!

Environmental Policy:
I am keen to build as environmentally sound business as I am able. I use recycled paper and environmentally friendly inks. All paper offcuts are used in embellishments, collaged cards or one-off prints, so very little is left to the recycling bin.

Shop members

  • Kate

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Hello! I design and make paper sculptures. I am an avid print maker and drawer & my pieces are one of a kind. My designs are largely based on woodland themes.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 19, 2017
Every sculpture is handmade and has its own textures and colour palette, making every one unique. Colours may vary slightly from real life due to the photography and computer screens. Every aspect of my sculptures is handmade and I make every effort to run as environmentally friendly a business as I can. I use recycled papers and eco friendly inks. Each item is one of a kind, original artwork. I design and make them in my studio at Manchester Craft and Design Centre (Manchester, England).

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Payment
All methods of payment are accepted. Do get in touch if you have any questions or require assistance.
Shipping
GIFT WRAP & PACKAGING:
Sculptures are wrapped in patterned tissue paper, packaged in a sturdy and rather handsome (usually black) box with a magnetic seal. I fasten the box with ribbon, in a pretty bow.

SHIPPING:
I usually nip to the post office the next working day after receiving your order.
Every effort will be made to provide an insured, tracked delivery service to your country. In the UK I use Royal Mail special delivery, which usually arrives before 1pm the day after posting. When posting abroad I usually use a signed for, tracked service with Parcelforce Worldwide. Please allow 5 working days for parcels to travel to overseas (from England).

International duties: I do not believe deliveries to Europe or US are liable to pay any duties when receiving my sculptures. I will do my best to find out if duties apply to your country. So far (and I have posted to many countries) I don't believe there have been any problems. Any charges are the responsibility of the customer.
Refunds and Exchanges
I make every effort to depict everything accurately and package my sculptures securely, to ensure no damage occurs to them in transit. Do get in touch (via Etsy messages ASAP) if the worst happens.

If you simply change your mind about your order, once it has arrived, and would like to swap it for something else, please send me an etsy message ASAP. You will be responsible for posting your unwanted item back to me. As soon as I have recieved it I can post out a replacement.
Additional policies and FAQs
Commissions, wholesale orders and enquiries are most welcome! Please do get in touch. All items in my shop are customisible, or I can make something especially for you.
Please send me a message if you have any questions.

More information

Last updated on Dec 28, 2016
Frequently asked questions

How long will it take to make a bespoke piece?

I aim to complete most bespoke orders in two weeks, though this depends on the complexity of the design.

Different colour ways or small embellishments/alterations can usually be done within a week or so. I always have plenty of stock which isn't listed here, since I supply work to galleries and run my own studio shop. So if you're after a red bird with blue polka dots; I might already have one waiting for you in my stock drawer!

I get rather busy in the run up to Christmas, so things may take a little longer, depending on my deadlines.

I am always contactable via etsy messages, so if you have any queries send me a message and I will suggest various options ASAP.

How durable are the sculptures?

They are much sturdier than they look!
They are made with 280-300gsm cardstock, double thickness at their seams. I take great care in their design to ensure their structure is as sturdy as possible. Once built they are rather difficult to squash! The paper I use is acid free, age resistant and recycled.
I print my sculptures with colourfast inks and they are given a coat of UV resistant varnish, to ensure my designs retain their vibrant colours and are easy to dust.

Every effort has been made to ensure their design is as sturdy and durable as possible. They are reasonably robust and can happily survive being carefully handled or accidentally dropped on the floor. It is best that they are kept out of the hands/paws of children and pets.

Care instructions

I would recommend a microfibre duster, to tickle them with every now and then. A feather duster or a dustcloth would also be fine. They are satin varnished, so they will take being wiped with a damp (though preferably not wet!) cloth.