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Announcement    New books! The Secret Fawn and Hidden Treasure are now in stores!


Last updated on Jun 23, 2021

New books! The Secret Fawn and Hidden Treasure are now in stores!



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Elly MacKay

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A little world made of paper

I make miniature worlds out of paper. I ink up a paper called Yupo paper, cut it into layers and set inside a miniature theater. I play with the lighting, and adjust the elements and then photograph the scenes. I often take 50 or more photos to get the one I am looking for.
I discovered working in this way through making tunnel books. They are a Victorian invention that a member of the Movable Book Society introduced me to as a teen. I made dozens, and began making dioramas too with cams, levers and light.
After the birth of my daughter I thought it would be fun to make some again and explained my idea to my husband. He surprised me with a miniature theater for Christmas! It was perfect. I have been making the photographs I sell here at Theater Clouds now for the last 3 years in this way. I have also made some into permanent pieces, some into illustrations for books, and some into installations. And... soon I hope some very rudimentary animations.
To see works in progress, keep in touch through my blog, website and Facebook page - Theater Clouds.
Keep an eye open for my books too!
Thanks! Elly

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  • Elly MacKay

    Owner, Maker I am an author/illustrator living in Owen Sound, Ontario. Here are a few of my books: If You Hold A Seed, Butterfly Park, Red Sky at Night, The Secret Fawn & Hidden Treasure

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