Paper Artist & Co-Founder of The Plie Project
Based in Montréal, Québec
This month, we had paper-artist extraordinaire Pauline Loctin share her unique view of the dance and art scene to our community. Also known as Miss Cloudy, Pauline is an inspiring artist who specializes in paper folding and origami. Her diverse background and profound passion for dance, photography, and art, led her to create “The Plie Project” (along with photographer Melika Dez), a photography series featuring dancers wearing intricate paper art incorporated in movement. Be inspired to expand your knowledge on artistic direction and creativity within dance with Pauline’s words below.
In your own words, describe your work and your creative process. I specialize in folding and origami, and creating murals, hanging lights and even custom stage accessories. When I was in school, I picked up the nickname ‘Nuagette’ in school, but today I’m known as Miss Cloudy, an inspiring, creative, and hardworking paper artist. Hailing from France, I moved to Montreal to begin a Masters in Musicology at Université de Montréal. Equipped with the determination, meticulousness and appreciation instilled in me by my violin teacher back home, I finally discovered paper and dove into perfecting tessellation and origami architecture.
Your paper art work in collaboration with the dance photographer Malika Dez is such a creative idea! How did you two come up with 'The Plie Project'? I met Malika Dez at a party, and a week later we decided to work together on a series which became ‘The Plie Project’. I’ve always loved dance and music - I danced for 10 years and was a musician for 18 years at a conservatory in France. Art, dance, and music has always been close to my heart.
Dance photography is a great way for dancers to experiment with their art form and aesthetic in a creative way. Do you have any tips or advice for anyone who loves both dance and photography looking to experiment? I think dance, movement, and of course costuming are all a part of Artistic Direction. To me, it is really important to develop an eye and a creative vision when you are a young, developing artist because it helps you explore beyond your one division of art. It is really a whole world you have to learn and create around yourself!
What did you discover about dance while creating paper art for dancers? I discovered that dancers and movement blend together very easily and beautifully with costuming and paper art. Especially because of my background (as well as Melika’s) in divisions of art like dance, music, photography and paper art, we found it all came very naturally.