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Artist Portrait: Norma Toraya aka CRANKBUNNY

4. July 2016

As a big fan of vintage toys and lowbrow art, I fell in love with Norma Torayas paper dolls immediately after I first saw them a couple of years ago. Colorful, high-contrast illustrations which – on top of that – are able to MOVE… I can hardly imagine anything that would make my heart beat faster.

Let me introduce you the work of Norma aka CRANKBUNNY.


The New York artist is definitely someone you would call an all-rounder. She has directed commercial spots, TV intros, music videos and documentary film shorts for clients like United Airlines, Nike or Etsy. Her animated short film “Animals will leave us first” is part of the permanent collection of the MOMA in New York. And then of course there’s this beautiful art to touch. As a paper engineer Norma creates lightweight marvels of mechanics under her moniker Crankbunny. She mixes up oldschool tattoo designs with icons of the Victorian era and modern film art. (Those of you who always wanted to own a Bill Murray puppet, may strike now!)
Crankbunny 4
Crankbunny 1
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Some things in life are slick, hip, polished and blatantly obvious. The work of Crankbunny definitely isn’t. You can see more of Normas art on her website or visit her Etsy shop to purchase some paper art.

Please note, that this post is presented  in close collaboration with the featured artist. I will never publish anything without the artist’s permission. All images are provided and copyrighted by  Norma Toraya.

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