03/03/2016 11:50 EST | Updated 03/03/2016 11:59 EST

Canadian Artist Maxwell Burnstein Designs Elle Mexico's Spring Collections Issue Cover

The cover was handmade using an exacto knife, glue and tape by Ryerson grad, Maxwell Burnstein.

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Elle Mexico cover

For its spring/summer collections issue, Elle Mexico has enlisted a Canadian artist to create the cover.

Ryerson fashion communications grad Maxwell Burnstein handmade the mixed media cover which shows a look from Gucci's spring/summer 2016 collection intertwined with snakes found on the back of a dress from the same line.

Burnstein, who is the sitting editor-in-chief and art director for VULKAN magazine, tells HuffPost Canada Style via email that he created the cover using an exacto knife, glue and tape.

"It's all individual snakes sliced from the back of one dress. I was inspired by this idea of Eve and the Snake. The forbidden fruit with the snake," he explains.

The whole process from start to finish took him about five hours.

"I have an idea of how the images will fit or work together," he says. "I'll pair the images up, normally into 2-3s, print and start taking apart each image till it can weave together."

"Each final piece is a series of layers that are woven and placed together."

And while several people think his work is made on a computer, Burnstein stresses that everything is done by hand.

"Normally I print the work, sit, and create until I am done the work."

To check out more of Maxwell's work, check him out on Instagram @bymaxwell.

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