Tag: Paper

Art

Artist duo creates majestic paper installation at the Hermès store in Dubai

Hermès visitors in Dubai were welcomed by a wonderful paper sculpture installation by Zim & Zou. The duo specializes in making some of the most intricate and beautiful paper sculptures ever and this series really shows off their collective talents of Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann. Each piece is essentially a village with its own tiny characters out and about. The set-up is incredibly eye-catching in comparison to everything else in the mall it's situated in. Check it out below and find more of their latest work on Instagram and Behance. ...
Architecture

Paper engineer Matthew Shlian is back with amazing new art and promising solo exhibition

We have previously posted a story about Matthew Shlian's amazing paper art a few years ago. But if you're thinking that's all we'll be seeing from the unique sculptor, you couldn't be more wrong. He is back with new artwork that will amaze any audience. On his website, Shlian says, "Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principals; I see their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration. In my studio, I am a collaborator, explorer, and inventor. I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over.” And we can definitely see what he means through his new pieces. You can catch more of Shlian's breathtaking paper art at his solo exhibition, titled "Telemetry". The exhibit will be an exploration of the relationship of science and art. It will run until March 2nd, 2017 at the Florida Gulf Coast University. Or you can check out more of his work on his official website, on Instagram, or on Facebook ...
Art

Contemporary Islamic art as a means to connect the past, present, and future

Islamic art's parameters have gone beyond the traditional definitions over the past few years. Museums, private collectors, and gallery curators have paved the way towards a more contemporary age of works coming from the Middle East. Islamic artists have started to garner inspiration from a variety of sources: their own culture and traditions, as well as modern life. They use techniques, ideas, and imagery that date back to past centuries. In the images that you'll see below, you'll see these conventional methods almost "reinvented" by expressing more modern subjects and ideas. Doing this, in a way, "frees" the artists from Islamic patronage and functionality, as their predecessors were once constrained. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been active in acquiring and preserving these pieces of contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamic art, believing that the art's relevance lies not simply as "art", but also as a means to explore the culture and...
Creativity

Amazingly detailed stamp-inspired sculptures featuring adorable birds

Diana Beltran Herrera is out with a crafty little series combining adorable birds and stamps! The Colombia-based artist has long held a fascination of birds and that has culminated into a creative collection of stamp-inspired sculptures fashioned out of paper. The details in the birds are incredible, to say the least! Just look at the feathers! Herrera says, "I always felt inspired by postage stamps as they are little windows of the world, specifically those that contain birds which are often traveling around the word." Check out some of the works below and find more on her Instagram and Facebook. ...
Art

Artist creates commissioned paintings using watercolor and the final results are simply lovely

Renee Pulve is a graphic designer and artist from California who recently started commissioned painting services. In the photos below, we can see how her process works. Each of these paintings is for different clients or purposes, but we can appreciate the technique and color palette similarities for them. The first photo features a monstera leaf using watercolor, which was created for a tropical planner. The second photo shows a favorite of the artist herself. You can purchase this flamingo creation on Minted. Next, we see a simple pineapple subject. Pulve admits that there is some difficulty drawing and painting leaves while maintaining some dimension in the end. Finally, there is a pretty seahorse painting, where Pulve used masking fluid to create a degree of texture. Brighter paints were used to bring life to the creature's face, fin, and tail. Check out more of Pulve's work on Dribble or on her website. ...
Creativity

DIY beetle-sculpting kits by Netherlands designer Joop Bource

DIY creativity kits are heating up in terms of...well...creativity. Like this DIY beetle-making kit for instance. Designer Joop Bource of Netherlands-based Assembli has created a series of funky-looking hand-sized beetle models that come flat-packed. There are three kits to choose from like the Stag, Hercules, and Atlas. Each of the variants come in different metallic colors. The beetles look stunning when assembly is complete! Check out some of the kits below and if you'd like to purchase a kit, head on over to Etsy. ...
Art

Designer gives ‘dead’ books new life, rejuvenates the print industry

Ben Pieratt is a designer and the man behind "Dead Bookstore". It sounds grim, but it is more of a breath of new life instead of just death. The bookstore's concept is something new. It is filled with prints - not books. Pieratt works but cutting old books through their original stitching. He lays them flat to spread them out and chooses the most interesting juxtaposition of spreads. It sounds simple enough, but the end results are actually amazing. All of the works are available on Pieratt's website, where they can be purchased. Alternatively, he also teaches anyone how to make such spreads - for free. The inspiration behind this project is the need to reconcile the almost-dead print form with the digital media of today. Dead Bookstore is his way of doing just this. He believes that our culture and history has relied so much on print, that all people must have the chance to find it in one way or another. Plus, he is proud that this is something anybody can do on their own. The process...
Architecture

Artist creates unique kinetic architecture from paper everyday for a year

We've seen 365-day long projects before where creatives challenge themselves to produce unique works every day for a year. Artist Charles Young did the same, but for him, it involved creating intricate paper sculptures to explore different architectural forms. Even after his self-imposed 365-days were up, he kept going and now he's made about 635 buildings. Each structure comprises of moving parts that Young animates and shares regularly on Tumblr. The entire city will be on display from November 10-26, 2016 at the NEoN Digital Arts Festival in Dundee, Scotland. Check it out below! ...
Art

Rolled strips of wet newspaper add depth to detailed animal sculptures

Who would've thought that strips of rolled newspaper could actually be used for something in art besides papier-mâché? Japanese paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama does just that when creating detailed animal sculptures. The technique is effective in creating the appearance of fur and texture on each animal's body. The artist believes this to be a great way of adding depth and dynamic qualities to her figures. "More than anything else, I’m particular about the realistic feel of the animals," she says, "They are living ordinary everyday lives just like us. I would like to keep insisting on reality and producing my life-sized work as much as possible in order to convey their lives." Check out some of her sculptures below and find more on Strictly Paper and on her website. ...
Creativity

A panoramic view change with a simple piece of paper

They say you can't cover the sun with one finger, but it seems that a black papercut is enough to change the world around it.  Rich McCor is an English photographer that travels the world and transforms landscapes around him with just a little bit of paper and a lot of creativity. If you want to see more of this minimalist panoramic perspective transformations captured through the camera lens, at the just right time, from exactly the right vantage point,  visit his Facebook,  Instagram or  Store. ...
Art

Amazingly detailed insect sculptures made from recycled paper

Influenced by nature, Kate Kato crafts detailed sculptures of the wonderful critters surrounding her. Using bits of recycled paper, Kato creates likenesses of mushrooms, flowers, and beetles from the Welsh valley she calls home. The sculptures reflect the actual size of each subject and feature natural dyes for color. Kato says, "For me my work can be very nostalgic, taking me back to my childhood and the curiosity that fuelled my creativity. I like to use recycled paper as it reflects that nostalgia, and gives the sculptures a history and narrative." Kato will be featuring her latest works part of the upcoming exhibition “Paper” at Confluence Gallery in Twisp, Washington. Some of her sculptures are available for purchase through Etsy. Check them out! ...
Graphic Design

Sculpture made from sentences in Annie Vought’s works of typography

The power of perfectly kerned type meets the versatility of paper Annie Vought latest work. The Oakland-based artist turns letters into physical objects by cutting, mixing and matching sentences. From chaotic, jumbled letters to perfectly organized phrases, Vought's work is 41″ x 53″ of cut paper sculpture, meant to provoke feelings from the viewer rather than send a message. Check out the sculpture below, and find more of her work on Instagram and Jack Fischer Gallery. ...
Art

Religious texts become living words in sculptures

Meg Hitchcock is no stranger to typography and sculpture. Her work has been influenced by religious text and her latest is no exception. After dissecting thousands of individual letters from religious texts, Hitchcock produces dynamic sculptures in the form of figures and scarves. With careful attention paid to contours and line weight, the works seem to pop out at the viewer. Hitchcock shares her inspiration, "A long history in evangelical Christianity formed my core beliefs about God and transcendence, but I later relinquished the Christian path. I now gravitate toward Eastern Mysticism, and am deeply moved by Islam." Check out some of her latest pieces below and find more on her website.  ...
Art

Vibrant three-dimensional paper sculptures depict beauty in old age

Beauty and old age are represented marvelously in Yulia Brodskaya's colorful portraits. The artist/illustrator uses heaps of color paper to create three-dimensional portraits that depict beauty in old age. Each portrait features a unique color palette that is used throughout. The portraits have taken on a rather painting-like aesthetic in recent years. "I mix strips of paper as I would mix paints on a palette. These artworks are all about color and the unique, tactile feel that paper strips add to it. The portraits resemble oil and acrylic painting (especially from a distance), but with a textured paper twist," said Brodskaya while describing her process. Find more on her blog and Facebook! ...
Sculpture

Rolls of mulberry paper arranged to look like coral from above

Paper is extremely versatile in the crafts and these fantastic new works by Amy Genser show it! The Connecticut-based artist handles paper like clay, cutting, rolling, and mounting sheets of mulberry paper on large masonite boards. This creates reliefs amazingly reminiscent of coral under the ocean viewed from above. Genser was recently commissioned to create a gigantic 150 ft. mural for the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. This has also been exhibited across the US and Europe. Things are looking great for the artist, and you can find more from her right here. ...
Art

Largest urban mural in Paris features thousands of colorful origami birds

Hundreds of residents were temporarily uprooted in France after the demolishing of a particular building. Mademoiselle Maurice pays tribute with a fantastic mural. Produced in collaboration with the French Mathgoth Gallerie, “The Lunar Cycle” is a colorful mural set over 21,000 square feet and comprised of over 15,000 colorful origami birds. The piece, composed in front of the building’s dark exterior, depicts phases of the moon and is officially the largest urban mural ever created in Paris. The origami birds were created using a folding technique called, “Maurigami”, which is a Mademoiselle Maurice original. The technique supposedly makes the pieces indestructible. Check out the mural below, and find more amazing origami works on Mademoiselle Maurice’s Instagram and Facebook. ...
Illustration

Strips of paper used for lettering relief sculptures

Rather than using paper to make flat shapes, artist Sabeena Karnik instead uses cut paper strips that are set on their edges to create her designs. Not only does this way of working with paper lend itself to the beautiful line-work that we see Karnick create, but the photographed relief sculptures are made more interesting by the subtle shadows. Rather than a flat design, the artist’s technique results in works hat have a depth and flair. Often focusing on typography projects, Karnik has been commissioned to create her lettering relief sculptures as editorial illustrations for magazines as well as corporate promotions. ...
Art

Japanese artist creates highly detailed mandalas with swivel knives

Mandalas are making a comeback in a new and extravagant form thanks to Mr. Riu. The Japanese artist crafts intricate mandalas in all their patterned goodness using a precision work tool called the swivel knife. The knife allows for greater fluidity when cutting thanks to its ability to turn 360 degrees. Hidden details can be found in almost all of Riu’s pieces. These range from winged horses and stars, to snakes that curl around certain areas of the asymmetrical works. Riu often captions his posts on Instagram with inspirational phrases like, “It’s not that I can do it because I originally have a great patience. I think that my patience grows stronger gradually because I want to do it.” Check out some of his mandalas below, and follow him on Instagram and check out his blog! ...
Creativity

PAPERMEALS: An ongoing video series about paper food

PAPERMEALS is an amazing ongoing series showcasing food made out of color paper. T The culinary animations by Melbourne-based production studio yelldesign are garnering much publicity on the web thanks to their creative take on food videography. Each clip features a variety of color papers folded into banana splits, bowls of ramen, and even plates of pasta. The series of clips are somewhat inspired by the works of director, PES - particularly his short film, Western Spaghetti. Watch the quirky sequences below, and find more on Vimeo. ...
Art

Fantastic paper sculptures transformed digitally by Eiko Ojala

We’ve covered the wonders of paper craft before, but we’ve seen nothing quite like this series by Eiko Ojala. The Estonian illustrator adds a sense of depth and texture to his illustrations with paper, and carefully placed light and shadow. The layers of cut paper are assembled digitally as desired by Ojala and is often blended with the artist's own photography. It’s amazing how much difference a little shadow can make to transform two-dimensional art. Check out some of Ojala’s editorial spreads below, and find lots more on Behance. ...
Art

The Doodler

Kerby Rosanes is a Filipino illustrator who works with a simple pen and a piece paper. However, his work is anything but simple. After becoming recognized by several journals, magazines, and design companies, Kerby turned his hobby into a an entrepreneurial opportunity by pursuing his part-time hobby through publishing coloring books with his work. To check out more of his work, click here. ...
Street art

Rainbow-colored origami street art in unexpected places across Europe

Origami is an art that can and should be practiced and placed everywhere! Mademoiselle Maurice seems to be doing just that in throughout Europe and abroad. From Singapore, and Corsica to Sweden, and Italy, the French artist has cleverly placed her beautiful origami pieces on streets and buildings. Some are arranged in an orderly fashion, while others evoke a sense of chaos. However, the pieces are always found in unexpected places from ceilings of art museums, to the sides of old buildings that are gradually withering away. Check out some of her work below, and follow Mademoiselle Maurice on her Instagram and Facebook for more! ...
Art

Artist creates unique rugs using centuries-old technique of quilling

Creating beautiful rugs takes time, patience, and above all, talent. Lisa Nilsson has got it all and her rug is one-of-a-kind. Armed with rolls of Japanese mulberry paper in numerous colors, Nilsson uses a painstaking and centuries-old technique called quilling to create unique textile patterns on rugs. Her latest artworks “Jardine” and “Gospe”, Nilsson combines the influence of an Islamic carpet and an 8th century gospel cover. The rug took about eight months to complete with ornate flowers, stars, and more to fill the 27” by 34” frame. To mimic actual gold as used in old religious book covers, Nilsson used bright gilt edged paper in the Gospel piece. Check out the artwork, below and find more on her website, ...
Creativity

Paper wasps create rainbow colored abode with colored paper

Part sculpture, part depiction of what goes in an wasp's work life, Mattia Menchetti’s sculpture is colorful and weird. The biology student essentially loaned heaps of colored paper to a group of European paper wasps, who in turn constructed a neat little home for themselves. The resulting abode is colorful as a rainbow but this wouldn't be the first time that scientists have noticed an insect’s propensity for using artificial color to produce vibrant things. In 2012, for example, bees were found to produce blue and green honey using the residue leftover from a nearby M&M plant. Check out the wasp nest below, and learn more about the experiment on Menchetti’s website. ...
Sculpture

Fantastic Olympic-themed paper sculptures by Barcelona artist

Ah, serial planes. The undisputed champions of paper art. Honed to perfection by Raya Sader Bujana in these fantastic olympic-themed works. The Barcelona-based paper artist created the serial plane figures in collaboration with photographer Leo García Mendez for an Olympic games themed shoot. Each piece is comprised of up to 150 pieces of paper held apart and in place by hundreds of tiny 3mm separators to give that layered look. She has shared her entire process on All Things Paper. Check it out, and be dazzled by the amazingly posed figures below. ...
Creativity

Rap, Paper, Scissors in 7 animated GIFs

It’s a lo-fi project. Focusing in on the paper and scissors part, and substituting the rock for rap music, Isaac Versaw is exercising his patience and precision by making a series of animated GIFS that are all created by hand. Each new portrait made as part of the project, Rap, Paper, Scissors, is centered on a hand-cut paper illustration of the face of an iconic musical legend. The lyrics of the rapper’s song is then animated in the space surrounding the portrait. These animations are not done digitally with Photoshop, but instead are made frame-by-frame using his trusty x-acto knife. ...
Art

Mosaics of curled paper

Artist Gunjan Aylawadi was born in India, but she is currently based in Australia. Using a technique that has visually dazzling results, she shows on Instagram how she wraps cut paper strips around wire to create the material from which to build her work. Citing Japanese zen gardens to be the inspiration for one of her pieces, she calls it “slow, meditative work”. ...
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