This piece explores how our bones support us in life and death - in the visualizatin you open up an attic filled with archived cases and trunks which hold bone artefacts and envelopes of photos from the mid-1700s that reveal the remains of human activity within corseted bodices, crochet hooks and a bone-stick fan. 

Cassie's incredible artwork was awarded the judge's choice award, by not one, but two of our judges. Both Matthew Tyler-Jones and Izzy Bartley selected this stunning work as their stand-out entry - read on below to find out why!

The Visualization

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Images of the work in progress can be ovserved in the gallery above

Judges Comments

All of our judging panel thoroughly enjoyed this brilliantly constructed piece. Matthew Tyler-Jones commented that this was an "excellent use of paper engineering that brings a playful sense of discovery to the story." Paul Backhouse added that "the detail of the illustrations draws the viewer into the piece." Ian Kirkpatrick and Imran Ali loved the "strong tactile approach" and that the use of 3D added a great deal intrigue and demonstrated huge potential. 

For constructive critique Matthew wondered if there was the potnetial for the piece to be extended, allowing for "downloadable printable files, and instructions on how to make your own." Imran felt like "the model was one possible instance of a series of places or situations" and hoped that the idea could be implemented in further scenarios for further themes, stating "I'm intrigued to see more!" 

All of our #THJ2017 team loved the craft and quality of the illustrations. The novel approach of combining 2D art with 3D made this a standout piece and we can't wait to see more fabulous pieces by Cassie in the future!


When selecting this piece Matthew Tyler-Jones said "I can't help it. I'm just a sucker for some paper engineering."

Izzy Bartley stated that: "I love the imagery that this project suggests, of a curious rummage through an attack, and the idea of being able to gain glimpses of objects before 'discovering' them. The multiple interpretations of 'bones' provides for interesting juxtapositions. I can see this working both as a hands-on installation in a gallery and also as a digital interactive."

About the Creator

Past in Pencil and Paint is a strand of Cassie’s freelance practice in inclusive design and interpretation (Access and Museum Design). She works with people to access and engage with their heritage in creative ways, visualising the past in paper folding, drawing and painting. Cassie is also a sessional tutor with Norfolk Community Learning Services.

 Email: cassiehs@btinternet.com 


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Twitter: @CassieHSart

AuthorIan Kirkpatrick