The Sean Wotherspoon x Nike Air Max 1/97‘s just got a paper makeover we didn’t know we needed. “Paper priestess” Lydia Shirreff is the artist to thank for the design concept, which took her approximately six months to craft the nearly identical replica entirely out of paper.
From a far, the model looks like the regular hyped sneaker, but up close, the attention to detail shines as each raised line of faux fabric is made from individual slivers of hand-cut, hand-glued Colorplan paper. She also built up the sole with layers of cut paper.
Lydia told Designboom, “I was looking for a slight change of pace from my every day, deadline-based commission work. I knew I wanted to create a follow-up to a series of trainers I’d made 5 or 6 years ago, and I knew it had to be iconic. My husband is a proud owner of these Sean Wotherspoon Air Max’s so it ended up being an easy choice. the detail, texture and technical challenges made for a perfect long project. all aspects of the trainer are completely hand-made from paper and it took 6 months between jobs to create.”
Take a closer look at Lydia Shirreff’s paperized Nike x Sean Wotherspoon Air Max model below.