For someone who is into DIYs, you probably know how versatile a cardboard could be. If you have a lot of it in your storage, might as well make use of it and earn from it.
Apart from being a storage for your things, cardboards are also of great alternative to plastics. Which is a perfect way to protect our common home.
However, much more than the aforementioned, cardboard could also be used in sculptures.
This has been proven by the 29-year old Japanese artist Monami Ohno who have turned a plain cardboard to something beautiful.
To what started as her homework 10 years ago, Ohno has turned her college assignment to a full-time gig. She has her works displayed in galleries across Japan. Not to mention, art galleries abroad.
Her artworks scream pop-culture which would allow those who will look closely to be more amazed with its details.
“When I first tried folding the paper, gluing, and putting them together, the people around me praised me, saying things like ‘Wow, you can make this’,” Ohno said. “That made me so happy that I have continued doing this until now.”
Her process is not unusual. Just like the others, she starts with sketching, cutting, and molding it using water and glue.
“I make the things I would really like to decorate my house with,” she said.
To what were only meant to decorate her humble abode, these turned out to be commissioned works. Every piece sells anywhere between US$909 (¥100,000) and US$13,640 (¥1.5 million), depending on size and design complexity.
Much more than its beauty, a message for the environment is also lying in every artwork.
“Eventually if it makes that point, it would be nice if people can see my work, which is made out of cardboard and recycled materials rather than plastics, and realize that there are these kinds of people who are involved in recycling.”