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Gail Armstrong

Gail Armstrong - International Paper Sculpture illustrator. London

Gail Armstrong has been creating paper sculptures for over 25 years and her enthusiasm for the medium hasn’t waned one snip. She still wants every image she creates to be better than the last, and she has cut, embossed, folded and glued her way to a cabinet full of creative industry awards. Her clients simply love her unique ability to turn a flat sheet of paper into an amazing work of art.
From galleries full of contemporary artworks through to Paperchase outlets selling her favourite medium, Gail takes inspiration from the world around her, then applies her imagination to craft characters, vehicles, buildings, products, typography and entire dioramas – either in full colour or plain white. She has a BA and Post Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design and Illustration at Glasgow School of Art.

Approach

Each construction begins with extensive planning as Gail explores the composition and how to sculpt the image three-dimensionally. Then she meticulously constructs the set, poring over the textures, colours and patterns, before it is photographed.

Style

Paper may seem flat to most of us, but Gail sees in it the potential to create new worlds with their own look and feel. Simple sheets are manipulated and transformed into 3D sculptures, imbued with beauty using a gamut of stocks, textures and colours.

Awards

Shortlisted - Communication Arts Award (2021) Winner of #Moobriefs (2020) Charlie Award for Best Magazine Cover (2020) Shortlisted 3 times for World Illustration Awards (2014, 2015 & 2020) Winner of Asiago International Award for Philatelic Art (2012) Creative Match Flair Award (2011) Creative Circle Awards Silver & Bronze (2011) WPP Gold Award for Advertising (2010) Gold & Silver in The London International Awards (2010) Cannes Bronze and Gold Lion Awards (2010) The Big Won – 1st in Press Campaigns (2010) Daler Rowney Award for Outstanding Paper Sculpture (1997)

Client list

Gail's clients include Templar Publishing, SunSense, Kleenex, United Nations, Charles Darwin University, Nestlé, Sogo Hong Kong, Sandoz, Macy's, MidFirst Bank, California Lottery, Delta TechOps, Safeguard Handwash and Jack-In-A-Box.
Modern Leadership
Modern Leadership
A paper illustration by Gail Armstrong covers Hamza Khan's new book 'Leadership, Reinvented’.
Modern Leadership
Summer Reads
Summer Reads
Gail Armstrong's paper sculpture appears on the cover of last weekend's Telegraph Review Magazine.
Summer Reads
Blooming
Blooming
Rocky Mountain Liners commission Gail Armstrong to design and create floral paper sculptures for use on their website and brochure.
Blooming
Easter Crafts
Easter Crafts
If you're eager to create some Easter themed crafts, Gail Armstrong's designs for HP Printables are just the thing!
Easter Crafts
Paper Craft Artisan
Paper Craft Artisan
Gail Armstrong collaborates with Goodby Silverstein and Partners to create birthday pintables.
Paper Craft Artisan
The Space Book is Shortlisted!
The Space Book is Shortlisted!
Gail Armstrong is thrilled to be one of the Communication Arts finalists.
The Space Book is Shortlisted!
Book of Mormon Characters
Book of Mormon Characters
Gail Armstrong captures her creations for the Book of Mormon on video.
Book of Mormon Characters
A Light in the Darkness
A Light in the Darkness
Waitrose Food Magazine commission Gail Armstrong for paper illustrations for an article on happiness in the kitchen.
A Light in the Darkness
5...4...3...2...1...Lift off!!!
5...4...3...2...1...Lift off!!!
‘Paper World: Space' book is out this week! Illustrated throughout by paper artist Gail Armstrong this captivating book will be sure to engage space lovers of all ages.
5...4...3...2...1...Lift off!!!
A is for Apple
A is for Apple
Gail Armstrong produces an enchanting children's alphabet series of illustrations.
A is for Apple
Liquidity Stresses
Liquidity Stresses
Commissioned by EyeLanksbury Creative, Gail Armstrong creates a paper sculpture for BNY Mellon's magazine 'Aerial View'.
Liquidity Stresses
WIA Shortlist
WIA Shortlist
Congratulations to both Gail Armstrong and Grace Lanksbury as they both go through to the World Illustration Awards Shortlist
WIA Shortlist
Childfood - Recipes for Young Coolinary Explorers
Childfood - Recipes for Young Coolinary Explorers
Gail Armstrong, Ayang Cempaka, Nikolai Senin and Iratxe López de Munáin feature in this stunning culinary book for children.
Childfood - Recipes for Young Coolinary Explorers
On the Longlist!
On the Longlist!
Gail Armstrong is one of the talented illustrators to be longlisted in the World Illustration Awards!
On the Longlist!
A Moo Winner
A Moo Winner
Gail Armstrong is a winner in the MooBriefs Competition run by the print and design company on Instagram.
A Moo Winner
Healthy Resolutions
Healthy Resolutions
Gail Armstrong illustrates for the January 2020 issue of Peer Magazine.
Healthy Resolutions
Money Matters
Money Matters
Gail Armstrong works for the current issue of Focus On The Family Magazine on their feature, 'Do your adult kids really NEED your money?'
Money Matters
Major Decisions
Major Decisions
The University of Utah's Magazine, 'Continuum', commission Gail Armstrong for a set of paper sculptures to illustrate their guide in helping students to choose their Major.
Major Decisions
Choose Your Attitude
Choose Your Attitude
A floral illustration by Gail Armstrong is commissioned by Focus on the Family Magazine for an article on mindset.
Choose Your Attitude
The Creative Use of Paper
The Creative Use of Paper
Gail Armstrong's delicate paper art is used in an Elle Decoration feature celebrating the material and the art it creates.
The Creative Use of Paper
Zaner Bloser Books
Zaner Bloser Books
The impressive paper-sculpture work of Gail Armstrong is used on Zaner Bloser school books in the US.
Zaner Bloser Books
Bed of Roses
Bed of Roses
Gail Armstrong's Bed of Roses is unveiled on Primrose Hill.
Bed of Roses
A Master of Paper Sculpture
A Master of Paper Sculpture
The Illustrators Journal delve into the world of paper artist Gail Armstrong
A Master of Paper Sculpture
The Big Conversation
The Big Conversation
Midwives Magazine ask some important questions with the help of Gail Armstrong's crafted cover art.
The Big Conversation
He's Alive!
He's Alive!
Gail Armstrong's life-cycle paper art features in the Easter issue of Brio Magazine.
He's Alive!
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Gail Armstrong
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Gail Armstrong
Ben Tallon visits the London studio of paper sculptress Gail Armstrong.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Gail Armstrong
Giving Back
Giving Back
Live Happy Magazine ask Gail Armstrong for a feel-good, vibrant Winter scene.
Giving Back
Top Lists
Top Lists
Gail Armstrong produces three finely constructed cover illustrations for Engineering News Record.
Top Lists
Bob
Bob
Following the success of Gail Armstrong's cover image for 'Back to Balance', she is asked to create further images of the character 'Bob'.
Bob
Charlie Award for Gail Armstrong
Charlie Award for Gail Armstrong
Gail Armstrong was thrilled to be awarded the top prize at the Florida Magazine Association.
Charlie Award for Gail Armstrong
Back to Balance
Back to Balance
Gail Armstrong illustrates the front cover of Dr Halee Fischer-Wright's new book, 'Back to Balance'.
Back to Balance
Save the Day
Save the Day
Sun Sense Suncream use Gail Armstrong's paper skills for two 'Save the Day' posters and animations.
Save the Day
Jackpot!
Jackpot!
Loteria hit the jackpot when they commissioned Gail Armstrong to illustrate their latest scratcher cards.
Jackpot!
Lights All Night
Lights All Night
More of Gail Armstrong's fun papersulpture Snapchat Filters are released by Jack In The Box.
Lights All Night
Tree Topper
Tree Topper
Gail Armstrong's fabulous paper sculpted tree topper adorns an 18ft Christmas tree.
Tree Topper
Snapchat with Jack-in-the-Box
Snapchat with Jack-in-the-Box
Gail Armstrong creates numerous Jack-in-the Box snapchat filters.
Snapchat with Jack-in-the-Box
Jack-in-the-Box
Jack-in-the-Box
Gail Armstrong works with the American fast-food chain on several snapchat filters.
Jack-in-the-Box
Best of Orlando
Best of Orlando
Gail Armstrong was recently commissioned to create this vibrant front cover.
Best of Orlando
Dive In
Dive In
Gail Armstrong's pool inspired paper sculpture is good enough to dive into.
Dive In
It's Your Year
It's Your Year
Gail Armstrong provides papersculpture artwork for the John Lewis Partnership Annual Report.
It's Your Year
IN or OUT?
IN or OUT?
As the UK makes its decision whether to leave or stay in Europe, Gail Armstrong is reminded of her award winning Kleenex Campaign.
IN or OUT?
Taking Shape
Taking Shape
Gail Armstrong has a paper-sculpture artwork shortlisted for a competition at CueB Gallery.
Taking Shape
Sculpture Parks
Sculpture Parks
Baku Magazine commission Gail Armstrong for a paper-sculptured map of the world.
Sculpture Parks
Shine On!
Shine On!
Gail Armstrong works with Oxford University Press on a children's language book.
Shine On!
Matchmaking for Golfers
Matchmaking for Golfers
Gail Armstrong makes a humorous paper-sculpture for Golf Magazine.
Matchmaking for Golfers
Advent
Advent
Gail Armstrong illustrates Thriving Magazine's Tales of Christmas Past advent poster.
Advent
Gail Glamour
Gail Glamour
Capturing the spirit of travel and Winter, Gail Armstrong creates a paper sculpted backdrop for a Glamour Magazine promotion.
Gail Glamour
Impact Your World
Impact Your World
Marketforce in Western Australia commission Gail Armstrong to create a papersculpture illustration for Curtin University.
Impact Your World
Back to School with M&S
Back to School with M&S
Back to School with M&S
Gail Armstrong, James Grover, Sharif Tarabay and Turine Tran are shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2015
Gail Armstrong, James Grover, Sharif Tarabay and Turine Tran are shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2015
Gail Armstrong, James Grover, Sharif Tarabay and Turine Tran are shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2015
Spring Pine
Spring Pine
Gail Armstrong illustrates the front cover and inside article for Pine - an online magazine of the North Arizona University.
Spring Pine
Illustrator Profile - Gail Armstrong
Illustrator Profile - Gail Armstrong
Gail Armstrong has a wealth of experience as paper sculpture illustrator.
Illustrator Profile - Gail Armstrong
Cooked by Kids
Cooked by Kids
Gail Armstrong creates paper sculptures for Dole's 'Kids' Cook Book'.
Cooked by Kids
Happy Endings
Happy Endings
Gail Armstrong creates a paper-sculpture illustration for Texas Co-op Power Magazine.
Happy Endings
An Ulker New Year
An Ulker New Year
Gail Armstrong creates a paper art New Year card for Ulker in Turkey.
An Ulker New Year
A Night in Bethlehem
A Night in Bethlehem
Gail Armstrong makes a nativity scene for an activity box set.
A Night in Bethlehem
Barnard
Barnard
Barnard
Safeguard your Hands
Safeguard your Hands
Safeguard your Hands
Water Origami
Water Origami
Water Origami
Gail Armstrong's Solo Exhibition
Gail Armstrong's Solo Exhibition
Gail Armstrong's Solo Exhibition
Content Factories
Content Factories
Content Factories
Alive
Alive
Alive
SOGO Hong Kong...on display!
SOGO Hong Kong...on display!
SOGO Hong Kong...on display!
SOGO Hong Kong
SOGO Hong Kong
SOGO Hong Kong
Understanding Illustration
Understanding Illustration
Understanding Illustration
Building Economies
Building Economies
Building Economies
Zanjice Olive Oil
Zanjice Olive Oil
This fabulous label creation from Gail Armstrong is a personal project done as a "thank you" for some friends.
Zanjice Olive Oil
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