“Do what you love” is typically terrible career advice, especially when it’s given to artistically inclined individuals. Few people are able to discern what it is they truly love to do in this world and even fewer are able to turn that passion into profit. I was quite pleased to come across the work of The Makerie Studio, a duet of talented artists Julie Wilkinson and Joyanne Horscroft. A quick glance at their astounding paper sculptures shows that each and every piece that comes out of their studio stems from a pure love of the craft. The Makerie Studio serves as a prime (and exceptional) example of what happens when you turn passion into profit without sacrificing the passion.
The Makerie Studio consistently produced high quality commercial and personal work. To better understand their success, you have to take a look at what’s behind the powerhouse collaboration:
Julie Wilkinson and Joyanne Horscroft are The Makerie Studio, a creative collaboration producing unique three dimensional paper sculptures for both commercial and artistic purposes.
Using specialised papers and intricate detailing, The Makerie Studio design and create structural showpieces for window installations, advertising, editorials and private collectors.
Inspired by forgotten worlds, rare prints and the beauty of details, The Makerie Studio create distinctive pieces using uniquely developed techniques, precision and passion.
It should not come as a surprise that their work has landed them exclusive contracts with companies like L’Officiel Hommes Watches, Vogue, Lord & Taylor, Harrods, and other luxury brands. The duet is able to bring any window or gallery installation to life by creating an inviting paper world of magic that begs viewers to stop and gaze at the masterful creations. The studio does not only produce commercial work, but they also collaborate with fantastic photographers to create personal works that are nothing short of inspiring. Here is a quote about their series entitled Cloud City:
This personal project created in collaboration with photographer Luke Kirwan was inspired by the intricate patterns in Moroccan architecture, decorations carved and sculpted into buildings and palaces that look almost impossible to make. We reinterpreted the theme by creating a series of weightless, iridescent paper stuctures, connected between them to form a floating patterned city.