Hormazd Narielwalla
Paper Dolls

Sylph Editions is proud to announce the publication of Paper Dolls, a deliciously visual illustrated book on the cut-out collage artworks of artist Hormazd Narielwalla. Born in India and now living in London, with recent shows at Southbank Centre and the Royal Academy, Narielwalla has carved out his unique place on the contemporary art scene as the master puppeteer, instilling new life into paper shapes from the past through the creation of rich layers of meaning, symbolism and sublime abstract patterns of colour and form alike.

The book brings together a collection of his signature abstract collage artworks on vintage sewing patterns, alongside a set of figurative self-portraits, where Narielwalla casts himself as a mysterious geisha. Inspired by an encounter in the streets of Soho, the artist finds himself delving into the mysteries and contradictions of identity in a multifarious world, and takes the viewer along, as he conjures up paper dolls, hidden gardens, people and portraits.

The book will presented in three editions:

Trade edition
88-page hardback | £35


Special edition
225 copies of a 88-page hardback, signed and numbered, with eight special page features | £180


Collector’s edition
25 copies (four hors série), of the 88- page signed and numbered hardback with eight special page features and a signed and numbered print by Hormazd Narielwalla, inside a bespoke box | £445

  • 88 pages

  • 38 full colour illustrations

  • Size: 245 x 335 mm

  • ISBN 

    978 1 9096313 04

  • Publication date: 

    November 2018

  • Special edition signed and numbered, with eight special page features
    Collector’s edition :numbered hardback with eight special page features and a signed and numbered print by Hormazd Narielwalla, inside a bespoke box


  • Standard
    £ 35
    Special
    £ 180
    Collector's
    £ 445