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London-based artist turns paper waste into decorative vases

Jacqueline de la Fuente, is a London-based designer who is turning cardboard and paper waste into decorative vases. She was inspired to start making vases from waste paper and cardboard when she had children after noticing the increase in waste her family now generated.

Jacqueline de la Fuente, is a London-based designer who is turning cardboard and paper waste into decorative vases. She was inspired to start making vases from waste paper and cardboard when she had children after noticing the increase in waste her family now generated.

She invented a clay recipe herself in which she collects old paper products, shreds the materials by hand, and soaking them in water to make a sort of pulp. The result is a sort of malleable clay, which de la Fuente uses to sculpt quirky vases that she colors using environmentally-friendly, water-based paints.

Jacqueline de la Fuente said, “Paper clay vases came about organically through my slight obsession with shapes, form, and my love for sculptures and vases, I had always wanted to work with ceramics but being a full-time mum to two young kids proved going to a studio was difficult. This is when I started to look at different materials to create objects.”

She sculpts the vases by hand and leaves traces of fingerprints and natural curves to create one-of-a-kind pieces. The one downside is that the vases can’t hold water like a traditional vase, but de la Fuente suggests filling them instead with dried flowers.

Source of Image: Jacqueline de la Fuente

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