Worn by world artists such as Lady Gaga and Björk, Swedish designer and artist Bea Szenfeld has made international headlines with her spectacular paper couture. Papier displays Szenfeld's handmade paper garments with Stina Wirsén's expressive fashion drawings as a colorful backdrop. The two artists meet in a mutual affection for the analogue handmade process and for the love of paper. 


Meet the Artists, Bea Szenfeld & Stina Wirsén

"I have this aesthetic attraction to anything that resembles ink". - Stina Wirsén 

Guided Tour by Cultural Counselor Linda Zachrison



"Since 2012 I have been working on a project that is about the grief one feel after losing a loved one. I have studied funeral rituals and death ads. I have conducted interviews with survivors and asked how they cope with their grief? How do you keep the memory of the deceased alive? Can you measure grief? How can you comfort and show compassion for people who have lost someone?


Out of all the stories I gathered, the stories of children influenced me most profoundly. Losing a child or someone younger than yourself always affect us immediately.  The result of the work is an installation consisting of babies made of paper. The installation reflects the emptiness that occurs and always remain when a child passes away. Each baby is made by hand, by 100% recycled paper and white glass beads. It weighs about 1 kg and takes about 5 working days to make. Each baby is unique and has its own name, which is found on the bottom of one foot". 

- Bea Szenfeld


This project has been possible thanks to the Swedish Church's cultural scholarship.
Thank you Lessebo for support and quality paper.

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