Arthur Sadler,

Paper Sculpture,

Blandford Press,


1955 [1946]

The author is the acknowledged postwar expert on the use of papermodelling in display and for advertising having first seen the possibilities of image making in the medium at Continental exhibitions before 1939. In his book he included work by some of' the most talented artists in paper sculpture..."


Paper Sculpture

Principles of Paper Sculpture

Varieties of Paper

Tools and Materials

Cutting Paper and Cardboard

Scoring Paper and Cardboard

Curling Paper

Basic Shaping (Fan, Star)

Cone Formation

Stylised Flowers (Study - Daffodils)

Stylised Flowers (2 flower studies)

Sculptured Frame


Baroque Shapes

Baroque Frame (White framed Mirror)


Low and Full relief Sculptures




Amusing Heads

Sculptured Panel - Autumn

An Easter Rabbit

Decorative Fish Panel

Scottish Lion

Animal Figures (Owl)

Sculptured Figures

Hair Styles in paper

Male figures

Dresses for figures

Sketch Interpretation

Dresden Courtier


Paper Sculpture and the Window Display (Palm tree, classical columns, display windows)
Anniversary Displays

Decor for Fashion Parade

Cut Surface designs (Giant Playing Card, paper sculpture into Metal sculpture, Huntsman and Hounds, a faun)

Theatre Publicity

Film Publicity



Paper cartoons

Designs for Book Covers


Advertising Layout

Painting of of Paper Sculpture

Crossed Plane Technique - planes jointed after cuts (Santa Claus, Metallic Design, Cherubs for Xmas, elephant Christmas decor)

How to Make (Nativity Panel, Christmas Panel, Holly Leaf Decor, Nativity Scenes, Christmas Tree Decorations, Christmas Tree Angel

Starting a Studio


Packaging and Storage


Examples of Work by


Design and Display Ltd.London

Erica Gorecka-Egan

Marquardt's Shop Window, New York

Staple-Smith Studio, New York

Ugo Mochi ("regarded as the world's greatest silhouettist")

Bruce Angrave MSIA

Dorothy Rogers ARCA

Jan J.Kepinski

Mall Sinclair (book covers)

Tadeus Lipski

Marion Adnams


"But it is in Poland there the beginnings of the craft must be sought in the paper flowers which were fashioned to adorn the shrines in village homes. Christmas paper decorations were also made and these peasant patterns became a real inspiration for the professional artist. Here started the ideas for the artistic use of paper in three dimensions - the birth of PAPER SCULPTURE. Later composition in paper was introduced into the syllabus of Polish art schools. Annual Balls at the Academy of Art in Warsaw saw the appearance of large decorative panels, grotesque human figures, pseudo architectural detail and bas-reliefs, all executed in paper by some of Poland's artists who were also famous for their work in other spheres.


It was a natural sequence that some of this work found its way into window displays and advertising. The shortage of conventional materials in Central Europe during the First World War prompted ingenious artists of that region to turn to this form of peasant art... When exhibitions started again on the Continent buyers of commercial art and advertising, always eager for a new and striking approach , commissioned some of these artists to make attractions in paper sculpture. They were an instant success. It was not until Polish artists commercialised its application at Continental exhibitions that English and American artists commenced sporadic efforts with the craft. World war II came and many of Poland's artists took up residence in England and America, and, as been the case in 1918, the shortage of decorative materials once again made numerous artists turn to paper sculpture as a medium for artistic expression."

Arthur Sadler, Paper Sculpture