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James Haggerty, Stapler Artist

By Paperstone on April 20, 2017 in Desktop Essentials, Staplers

A New York artist has now used a total of 78,000 office staples to produce eco-friendly, sci-fi inspired art – and the force has remained with him!

Lifelong Star Wars fan James Haggerty, a teacher from New York, has created several Star Wars masterpieces, including Darth Vader, Greedo and C-3PO.

He explains on his website how he came to switch from paintbrushes and etching needles in a bid to protect his (then) unborn child:

“When my wife and I were expecting our first child I made a switch from using a paintbrush or etching needle in my art to using a common office stapler.

“Since I have a home studio, I didn’t want the toxicity of these traditional materials to affect our unborn child. All my life I had the need to create but now it was imperative to do so with healthier alternatives.”

After experimenting with a staple gun, Haggerty was impressed with the results.

“Staples, just like an etched line, can be bold and graphic or soft and subdued,” he said.

“When I use coloured staples, each one acts like a dash of paint in a painting and when viewed from only a few steps back, is optically mixed.”


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