Walk by the shop window of Paper Trail in Rhinebeck, NY, and you might be tempted to stop, stare, and linger, especially if one of Linda Filley’s delightful three-dimensional paper frocks is in residence. Hailing from the Hudson Valley, the artist and self-proclaimed “paper couturier” from the Hudson Valley crafts her couture confections from upcycled materials like seed packets, computer paper, and newsprint, which she cuts, folds, and rolls onto life-size wire mannequins.
Filley draws inspiration all around her, producing winter coats and summer party dresses in response to the changing seasons. Filley’s frocks are made of pure whimsy but they also take care of a growing landfill problem.
Filley’s frocks are made of pure whimsy but they also take care of a growing landfill problem.
Each year, Americans discard almost 80 million tons of paper, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, much of which isn’t recycled. Filley’s artistry does its part, while opening our minds to the infinite possibilities of everyday objects.