Papirocoleoptera

 
 

'An Inordinate Fondness For Beetles': A catalogue of the Collections of the British Papirocoleoptera Society. 

A project celebrating the different properties and qualities of paper stocks in the form of a catalogue of the collections of the fictional British Papirocoleoptera Society. Origami Beetles made from different forms of paper, such as bible leaves, fast food chip wrap and antiquarian book endpapers, are categorised and discussed in the manner of scientific journal documenting biological specimens. The project was inspired by the noted evolutionary biologist J.B.S. Haldane’s assertion that if God the creator existed, he must have “an inordinate fondness for beetles” given the proliferation of coleoptera species. Papirocoleoptera explores the joy of creation through paper by documenting paper beetles as if they were living things.

 
 "The marbled endpaper carapaces of  Liber Alligatura  conceal delicate fly leaves beneath."     Late nineteenth century book endpapers, 90gsm.

"The marbled endpaper carapaces of Liber Alligatura conceal delicate fly leaves beneath."   

Late nineteenth century book endpapers, 90gsm.

 "The migration patterns of  Diurna Depellitur  are frequently disrupted at weekends due to planned engineering works."  Metro newspaper, 48.8gsm.

"The migration patterns of Diurna Depellitur are frequently disrupted at weekends due to planned engineering works."

Metro newspaper, 48.8gsm.

 " Biblia Membranis , camouflaged here against the pages of the King James. Many a stultified Sunday School student has mistaken tedia-induced hallucinations for a sighting of these tiny insects."    Bible leaves, 28gsm.

"Biblia Membranis, camouflaged here against the pages of the King James. Many a stultified Sunday School student has mistaken tedia-induced hallucinations for a sighting of these tiny insects."  

Bible leaves, 28gsm.

  "Segestria Sagina  feeds largely on grease, and one’s feelings of self worth."  Dallas Chicken greaseproof chip wrap, 25gsm.

"Segestria Sagina feeds largely on grease, and one’s feelings of self worth."

Dallas Chicken greaseproof chip wrap, 25gsm.

 "A common beetle,  Epistolar Venditarium  is prone to infestation, no matter how many notes one leaves for the postman."  Junk Mail, 100gsm.

"A common beetle, Epistolar Venditarium is prone to infestation, no matter how many notes one leaves for the postman."

Junk Mail, 100gsm.

  "Papyrus Artifex Subtilis  is the largest of the known species of Papirocoleoptera in size and price per gsm."  Handmade art paper, 30gsm.

"Papyrus Artifex Subtilis is the largest of the known species of Papirocoleoptera in size and price per gsm."

Handmade art paper, 30gsm.

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