Lauren Ryan Designs a Wolf using Pipe Cleaners

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08.17.2014
Manolo Andolini

We all have memories of twisting pipe cleaners together as children to make stick-figure animals. However one woman has taken the hobby to a whole new level by turning the fuzzy sticks into extremely detailed models. Lauren Ryan, an artist from California, has managed to make life-like animals using nothing but pipe cleaners, felt-tip pens and a few plastic buttons.

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Meet Lauren Ryan Pipe Cleaner Artist

Lauren Ryan, from California, makes the pipe cleaner animals in her workshop and has been practicing since she was 12. Ryan said: ‘I gave it complete whiskers and made the jaw able to move when the wearer talks. Unfortunately, I put off sewing and colouring the faux fur until the very end, so it ended up a bit sloppy. But the neighbors’ reactions were priceless.’ In fact several of her works are able to move about thanks to special hinges woven into their bodies, and the flexible material they are made from.

Lauren Ryan has a passion for animals, and uses her hobby to make sculptures of some of her favourite exotic and endangered species. She has woven animals from Okapi, deer-like mammals found in central Africa, to a Thylacine, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial which is thought to be extinct, though sightings are still reported across Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea.

Lauren Ryan, from California, makes the pipe cleaner animals in her workshop and has been practicing since she was 12

More Pipe Cleaner Art from Lauren Ryan

This is an Okapi, a deer-like mammal from central Africa, which was made only using the cleaners, including the stripes around the legs

This is an Okapi, a deer-like mammal from central Africa, which was made only using the cleaners, including the stripes around the legs

Wolves are a favourite subject fro Ryan, from California, and this starved creature is just one example

This miniature of a wildcat has whiskers made from stripped-down wire and looks especially life-like while perched among this ivy

Ryan constructs skeletons made either from pipe cleaners, for the smaller pieces, or wire, for the larger pieces such as the wolf mask (bottom left) and then builds layers of the furry brushes on top

While Ryan says she sometimes uses beads for the eyes and felt pens for the markings, she refuses to use glue and considers it cheating

The animal enthusiast enjoys making exotic an endangered animals including these two fennecs, a type of nocturnal fox from North Africa
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I need art skills like that

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