Good On Paper
We meet the designer behind Wee Paper People - the new quirky paper doll business with a celeb cult following
Sally Grosart has Benedict Cumberbatch in her bedroom; the late great Lou Reed perched on her desk, and a tiny, grinning Reggie Yates squished into her pocket. With an eye for celebrities, the graphic artist has an unlikely business in creating tiny cut-out-and-construct paper versions of famous people (with a focus on geeky, cult figures). And business is booming. “I started making paper people for fun, after seeing paper toys of things like robots and cartoon characters I thought that paper versions of famous people would be awesome,” says Sally. “I mean, who doesn't want a paper version of Macaulay Culkin or the cast of Breaking Bad?” Sally set up a blog to post photos of her paper celebs, adding free templates so people could print out their own. “Pretty soon I got a little bit obsessed with paper people making.” Soon, celebs started to discover their paperselves. “Probably the most visits to my blog came after tweets from Stephen Fry and Wil Wheaton.” And then Sally became something of a celebrity herself: “I was on the TV show Genius, where they showed some of my genius invention illustrations and my 'seagull electrocuting bird feeder' animation,” she explains. “I was of course voted a genius by the judges.”
“And I was super excited recently when a Wee Paper Dave Gorman was used in the title sequence animation for his TV Show Modern Life is Goodish.”
Along with her celeb obsession, Sally creates paper people to order (£12 per person), plus personalised cards, web banners, logos and illustrations. Finally, we asked her what’s best? A real celebrity, or their tiny paper version? “This is a very difficult question,” says Sally. “I think it really depends on the size of your shelves.”
Sally’s website weepaperpeople.co.uk has all the information you need to order personalised paper people, or any other illustrations.
Make your own Macaulay Culkin: