Stationery Art Around the World


It’s the holiday season and time for some light hearted posts! While most of us view ordinary office supplies as a means for getting our work done efficiently and productively, artists around the world have used them as tools to produce incredible works of art. Enjoy!


Stick Notepads - Yo Shamida | Japan

‘Sticky Note Structures’ was conceived in cooperation with students of Kyoto University of Art and Design. The installation was composed of 30,000 cells of sticky notes in bright, fluorescent colours stuck to one another to form building components.


Staples - Peter Root | Britain

After over 40 hours of work and over 100,000 staples, this piece titled “Ephemicropolis” is complete! From an aerial view this tiny city-scape bares uncanny resemblance to the architectural chaos and complexity of the concrete jungle. The tallest “buildings” are full stacks of staples that stand just 12cm high! While other structures are simply one single staple arranged precisely in place within the development. 


Pencils - Jennifer Maestre | South Africa

Cycad - Top View (2011)

14 x 12 x 12 in.

Copyright © 2014 Jennifer Maestre


Jennifer Maestre is a Massachusetts-based artist, internationally known for her unique pencil sculptures. View her pencil artwork here!

According to her, to make the pencil sculptures, she needs hundreds of pencils, she’ll cut them into 1-inch sections, drill a hole in each section (to turn them into beads), sharpen them all and sew them together.


Paperclips - Pietro D’Angelo | Italy

Since 2008 Italian artist Pietro D'Angelo has been creating a series of sculptures made from paperclips. The tallest in the series is called Pole Dance, which he created in 2008 and measures 228 x 70 x 90 cm (7 ft 5 in x 2 ft 3 in x 2 ft 11 in). Each sculpture takes Pietro two–three months to create and includes between 10,000 and 20,000 paperclips.


Originally from Palermo, Italy, and later studying in Bologna, artist Pietro D’Angelo started his career as a sculptor working in marble and stone. Since 2008, he has been creating life-size sculptures made from between 10,000 and 20,000 paper clips! The tallest in the series is in the Guiness Book of World Records, called Pole Dance, measuring 228 x 70 x 90 cm.


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