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Paper Dolls

What the world needs is more whimsy. More collage with colored paper, pussy bows, peacock feathers, and sticky tape to keep the whole together. Yes, whimsy—in this case, in a picture book shape, featuring a preening poet playing make believe. But

The physique I inhabit is solid, large-boned, stocky, chunky and hairy
Let there be no mistake, I’m still a FAIRY.

She longs to be something else, and then

A striking WOMAN walks past my plate.
I am intrigued by her equanimity.
SHE IS extraordinary.
Everything my ego aspires to be.
Part GEISHA, part HUMAN, part DOLL —
A magical creature in her entirety.

A master puppeteer, specializing in abstract collage designs on vintage sewing patterns, Hormazd Narielwalla lives in London. This illustrated extravaganza collects thirty eight of his unforgettable works, guided along by self-portraits in prose.

Reviewed by Matt Sutherland

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