Paper sin doll

Make your own Paper sin doll.

Paper dolls are traditionally made in Japan to be burned to signify the destruction of a year’s sins and follies. Burned at the end of the year representing the person offering them. You are invited to create your own Paper sin doll by downloading the PDF pattern below.

Each piece of the kimono has been hand printed and the design has taken inspiration from Utamaro’s print ‘Lovers’ 1788. One of a series of erotic prints from ‘Poems of the pillow’ their explicit and intensity are such they were deemed too shocking and bathing in sin. 

Paper sin dolls are part of a series of works ‘Bad beasts won’t harm me’ this body of work aims to research the space in between an object transcending from the physical to the magical. A lump of meteorite worn against gunfire is an amulet a bullet-proof it is not.