Rebecca J Coles


Rebecca J Coles completed her BA at Winchester School of Art in 2000, followed by an MA at the prestigious Royal College of Art London in 2002. Since then, she has exhibited Internationally in the UK, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Washington, Sydney, Bath, and Miami.

Coles main focus is on the reinvention of entomological cataloguing, using paper and entomology pins to display and assemble unique works. Coles uses old recycled paper to weave out 3D sculptures; drawing and cutting each shape by hand before unting them onto tiny pins that are gently constructed to create one large image,  She is fascinated with the process by which these three-dimensional decorative forms materialise out of flat sheets of paper.


The delineation of these forms within the ethos and methods of her work requires an absolute labour of love, where repetition has always been notable, and each piece is composed of hundreds if not thousands of profiles. 

Speaking about her work she said: "Each shape is hand drawn and then intricately hand cut from carefully selected paper, focusing on recycling a medium that would otherwise be discarded and lost. I dissect small details of colour, imagery and text into silhouettes that are then re-sculptured, pinned and encased".