Cruelty-Free Animal Trophies by Anna-Wili Highfield

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Spotted in The New York Times Style Magazine, Australian artist Anna-Wili Highfield’s gorgeous paper animal sculptures are a whole lot more that simply taxidermy alternatives. Intricate and delicate, the creations capture the life and wild energy of their subjects — owls, horses, and other wild birds.

The artist creates the sculptures by painting and sewing together pieces of archival cotton paper, leaving enough roughness around the edges to imply the imperfection of real life. The pieces have been shown at Hermès, Anthropolgie, and are available by commission. Read the recent piece in The New York Times about Anna-Wili Highfield and visit her website to see more work.