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creates dimensionality by placing foam spacers between the layers at each intersection. It's not a forgiving method: Pillsbury completes many of his pieces by laying a single sheet of paper like a lattice over the entire composi- tion. If he makes an error by connecting the dots the wrong way, or if the knife strays a bit too far, he must restart and cut the pieces all over again. "One slip of the mat knife, and I'm redoing something I spent four hours on," he says. Pillsbury began his architectural career building architectural mod- els — including one of Boston City Hall — and relies on that hands-on experience. "I'm very good with a mat knife and an X-Acto knife," he says. And, needing "something to retire to," he adds, "I decided that cut- paper work was a natural transition." "The creative process for architecture is very similar to my creative process for artwork," he notes. He works at his craft as he did his pro- fession, beginning work each day in his studio at 8 a.m., breaking at lunchtime for a five- to seven-mile bike ride, and then returning to his workspace for the afternoon, making one piece at a time. Each creation leads to another, although Pillsbury tries not to begin a project immediately after he's completed one of his works. "I let it stew," he says of his need to allow the inspiration to cook. Unlike other media where an artist might change course during the work, "I really have to have a plan before I start." Many of Pillsbury's pieces are featured at florijnHOME in Wellesley Square, where customers value the workmanship, the modern colors and patterns, and the time involved in creating such sophisticated pieces, says Manager Erika Lozeau. "The work itself is unique. You don't see this kind of intricacy and detail presented in this way," she says. "They are one-of-a kind. It's also very special to take a career of many years in architecture and turn that into a newly honed skill that creates works of art." FlorijnHOME features local artists to support those interested in art and design," says Lozeau. Sometime this spring, the shop will host an event in which custom- ers can meet Pillsbury and learn more about his work. "He plans to give a demonstration/how-to so customers can have a better under- Twisted Star (left) and Seashell Steps (right) 152 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8 artist profile "one-of-a kind"

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