Fragile futures – Beautiful cut-outs of worlds most endangered species
These are some of the world’s most endangered species – beautifully captured in delicate paper.
The beautiful cut-outs of the world’s most endangered species perfectly capture the fragile futures these animals face.
The intricate artworks, which take 10-15 days each to create, are intended to raise awareness of species that are dying out.
The designs are made by Patrick Cabral, from the Philippines, who Is donating 50% of his sales to the World Wildlife Fund.
The artist, in his early thirties, said: “I was raised in a small town in the Philippines where we don’t really have access to art materials and art galleries.
“The only output for the creative types was doing crafts.
“I started doing papercut when I was 11 years old.
“I used to create stencils of logos to be printed on shirts of nearby schools.
“That taught me the motor skills of cutting delicate materials and also the patience in doing super fine details.”
Patrick was inspired to create his series of endangered animals after watching a documentary, Before The Flood, in November.
He hoped that by backing a cause with his artwork, he could lend the pieces more meaning.
He said: “The documentary made me really worried about what’s happening with our environment.
“It was the same time that my papercuts were being shared by a lot of art page on social media. It doesn’t do anything aside from looking pretty.
“I thought maybe I could use the growing popularity of my work to raise awareness because it’s the only thing that I can do for now.
“Each piece takes me 10 to 15 days.”
Patrick was able to connect his work to the WWF through the online platform Acts of Kindness, which links artists to their chosen charities.
He currently sells the WWF Endangered Series for $1,300 (£1,005) and donates 50% of the sale to the charity.
He said: “When I started this project giant pandas were still on the endangered list.
“In 2017 it was taken off that list. It just shows that initiatives of organisations like the WWF really work and any form of help counts.”