Emma Spires Capricornia (Rockhampton Campus) School of Dist Ed
Beauty of Empowerment Sculpture
altered book sculpture made from re-cycled and found objects


They tried to burn her not knowing she was a flame’ by R.H. Sin, is a beautiful encapsulation of the story bursting from my piece. As a female myself, I have experienced the adventure of finding myself and my worth. The power radiating from the Samurai symbolizes the similar challenges many women face, expressing how we will not let it suppress us, rather we will break through even stronger. The warrior is at peace with not only her mind, body and soul, but more importantly the nature around her. The only limitation a human should face is the limits of the earth’s surface.


To tell this story, I utilized the book canvas, sourcing the pages from the book to sculpture all elements. By doing this, and only adding subtle pastel hints of colour, the story appears as if it has grown out of the book. The artwork becoming the very words of the book blossoming to life. The ponds elements used a wide variety of paper manipulation techniques to create each feature. Origami and other folding techniques were used to create the lily pads, pond and Iris flowers. With all elements separately created, it was then the process of putting everything into place.


Emma Spires

My name is Emma Spires, born in Redland Bay in 2004 and I now reside on a rural property an hour south of Mackay. I have always loved being creative, finding interesting approaches to solving problems, and new ways to express my ideas. So, when I was given the opportunity to take visual arts in practice for my senior years of schooling, I jumped at it. This is only my first semester, but I have already seen a huge change in my outlook on life and I can’t wait to see where my future in art takes me.