Papercut bird sculptures made to look like postage stamps by Bristol-based Colombian designer and artist Diana Beltran Herrera. Inspired by botanical and natural history, she meticulously transforms paper into 3D sculptures using materials such as wire, cardboard, plastic, and paper. For this series, Beltran Herrera pays homage to the birds she discovered while traveling to countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, Panama, etc. as well as her home country of Colombia. To represent the birds as they are in nature, Herrera makes her sculptures life-size. She observes some of the species in the wild, studies photographs of birds, and confers with ornithologists and birding groups to ensure an impressive level of visual accuracy.
The most amazing thing for me is to go and find these birds in the wild. I feel like a kid still with this need to discover. I love to feel this surprise and enjoy this experience in a mature way that I did when I was a child. More than creating birds, the real aim of what I do is to use this work as a model to exercise a behavior. It is an invitation to rediscover what is there, to see further and understand we are not alone here. We are part of a big system, and, as that, we need to learn how to respect and relate.