Just Opened! The Whimsical World of SF Paper Sculptor Chloe Fleury


When French paper artist Chloe Fleury moved to San Francisco a few years ago she was so inspired by the city’s colorful architecture, she decided to, well, build her own.

From the Mission District to Hayes Valley, Haight-Ashbury to Golden Gate Park – this paper maven hand-cut, folded, and glued pint-sized replicas of the neighborhoods’ coolest buildings and landmarks into three-dimensional posters.

Image courtesy Chloe Fleury

Since then, Fleury’s crafted oodles of small whimsical worlds for such clients as Warner Bros., Chronicle Books, The Bold Italic, Conde Nast Traveler, and Target. And now with a throng of eye-popping new works, Fleury’s taking her handy talents large-scale in her first solo show Color Me Happy at SF’s La Boutique, L’Art Et La Mode – transforming the gallery into a kaleidoscopical landscape of all things fun and fashion.

Image courtesy Chloe Fleury


What can folks visiting your show expect to see? 
Fleury: Colorful paper bunnies and paper fashionistas!

Tell us about your inspiration.
Fleury: I’m really inspired by the city I live in, fashion, music, and everyday life.

Image courtesy Chloe Fleury

What excites you about creating mini paper worlds and how did you get started? 
Fleury: I started creating the little worlds during a stop-motion animation workshop when I was studying in France at ECV (visual communication school) and I just fell in love with it. Playing with colors and lights to create atmosphere, and then animating the objects – it’s just magical!

Image courtesy Chloe Fleury

Color Me Happy runs through June 1 at La Boutique, L’Art Et La Mode.

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