Artist and designer Sarah Illenberger created this beautiful cover for the Papercraft book, with the help of photographer Ragnar Schmuck– the perfectly crafted food is lined up quietly in the photo, with all sorts of kitchen goods replicated in nothing but paper.

The precision of her craftsmanship makes the food instantly recognizable, but the nature of the medium also conceptualizes each food into its most basic shapes, so that the slabs of bacon are perfect rectangles, etc. The lines are so clean and simple, even in the crumpled form of the green chili pepper.

From Illenberger’s website:

Defining one category for all the work of Sarah Illenberger is no easy task. The forms the visual translations of her themes assume are far too diverse. What initially sounds quite abstract, in reality, is mostly practical in that her creations are not generated on a computer but rather by meticulous handwork, sometimes incorporating the most mundane materials.

Whatever she creates, it is done with a humorous touch and a great love for detail.

You can buy the Papercraft book here– I wish there were process photos for these foodstuffs, since everything looks so seamless. Also, how fantastic are the cheese shavings in the detail photo? Paper hole punch has never looked so delicious.

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