Some things in life are slick, hip, polished and blatantly obvious. But for Norma V. Toraya, who’s known as Crankbunny, these are exactly the things she shies away from. Instead, Crankbunny is more inclined to explore storytelling through curiosity and timeless concepts while working as a paper artist. Crankbunny has worked as a paper artist since 2007 creating paper art puppets and pop up cards.
Nothing is outsourced and everything is handmade in her studio – designed, cut and assembled with her own set of hands. She loves working in paper because it is so simple to use and accessible.
Crankbunny is inspired by the whimsy found in vintage ephemera and older mechanical toys. The historical context that surrounds them is constantly being researched and contemplated. Instead of creating prints or traditional flat artwork, Crankbunny stubbornly focuses on making artwork that folks are able to handle and which tickles the imagination.
We love these characterful, humorous puppets here at Nelly Duff and are amazed by their fine detail and workmanship.
These are available to buy at Nelly Duff in-store or online.