Japanese paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama can do magical things with a newspaper. The artist-in-residence at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California rolls up old newspaper into animal sculptures, creating amazingly textured creatures out of what would otherwise be trash, as Colossal highlights.

Her work, on display until January 7, 2017 at the MOAH:CEDAR gallery (also in Lancaster), aims to make the paper animals as realistic as possible. The life-sized creatures are made from thousands of tightly wound pieces of paper that become fur, skin, and scales.

Check out her process in the video below:

[h/t Colossal]

All images via Vimeo courtesy Hitotsuyama Studio

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