KaperMenagerie

KAPER The paper sculpture menagerie, bespoke & handmade

Manchester, United Kingdom · 154 Sales

KaperMenagerie

KAPER The paper sculpture menagerie, bespoke & handmade

Manchester, United Kingdom 154 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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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.

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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.

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My studio in Manchester is open 10-5.30 Monday-Saturday every week. It is at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, the home of 30 designer makers, in 18 studios, as well as a lovely cafe & exhibition, in the Northern Quarter M4 5JD
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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Bespoke wall sculptures & decorative woodland art. Paper sculptures to bring joy to your home decor.

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.

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  • 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.

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Last updated on Dec 5, 2017
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. These sculptures are not suitable as bathroom wall decorations, due to the humidity.

What are your last posting dates for Christmas?

For UK customers:
Last ordering day is Wednesday 20th December, to be posted by Royal Mail Special Delivery on Thursday, arriving at your doorstep on Friday 22nd.

For overseas customers, last ordering days are as follows:
Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe: 5th.
Caribbean, Central & Southern America: 6th.
Australia, Greece & New Zealand: 8th.
Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland: 12th.
Everywhere else: 13th.

Do send me a message if you would like to check last shipping dates to your country. Please order as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.