Thursday, 29 November 2012

Paper Art



Making paper airplanes and little swans is great fun and all. But, some people dedicate their
entire lives to paper cuttings, creating mesmerising designs, statues, and pictures — limited
only by their imagination.

There are many different styles of paper art as you are about to see, each beautiful in its own
unique way. Click on the artists’ names to check their websites and blogs for other works. Also

check the sequel: Paper Art Dos.

Enjoy...
 
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The unique style of Peter Callesen’s work combines an outstanding level of composure and
steady hands, along with that delicate feminine touch. His excellent ‘paper-cut structures’ are
taken to an entirely new level with the details captured perfectly; leaving the original sheet of
paper flat to show the elevated beauty of the design. Not only does Callesen cut the paper
leaving the template shape behind, but he uses his noticeable gain of architectural knowledge
to regularly depict the outline of buildings behind his 3D creation.
 
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Each piece of coloured paper in Jen Stark’s work is hand cut, shaped, re-shaped and formed onto
a word backing. The attention to detail in cutting shapes out of each layer to form a wholly
consistent pattern is remarkable. Using foam along with the paper, she has mastered a whole
new level of paper craft – not just impressive, but also quite seductive.




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Whereas the other artists in this list use paper to create 3D structures, Schubert prides himself
on a more subtle approach. He has perfected the art of ‘folding’ and raising the surface of the
paper in such a unique and personal way, that his work could fool the eye — making you
believe you are looking at an actual photograph. With fantastic images of simplistic things,
Schubert cleverly creates the embossed look with his creations. 

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paper artist

Using antique books, Brian Dettmer reconstructs the pages of books in a way that is hard to
describe in text, ironically. Beginning from the top, Dettmer meticulously rebuilds each book
by cutting sections away from each layer to eventually form acutely layered shapes and patterns.
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On a deeper level, though, the story and information within each book is restructured, forming a
new, non-linear narrative and meaning out of the original information. In Dettmer’s own words:



“The age of information in physical form is waning. As intangible routes thrive with quicker
fluidity, material and history are being lost, slipping and eroding into the ether… History is
lost as formats change from physical stability to digital distress
.”

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paper artist

Elsa Mora does to paper what Tim Burton does to film. She makes quirkily cutesy characters,
props and designs that seem to be part of the same fantasy world. While it may not be her
intention, each of the designs she creates look as though they all play a vital role in some story.
Her work depicts those elegant patterns, the flowing veins in a leaf brought out to show its beauty.
If you’ve ever seen the end credits to the film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of
Unfortunate Adventures, then you’ll get a good idea of the visual style presented here. 



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Sher Christopher is another example of an artist who loves to blend paper with gothic fantasy.
What makes her work stand out is the Shakespearean style of the characters she creates. Aside
from her obvious talent, Sher takes pride in gathering various types of paper from around the
world in order to achieve the desired outcome of each character she produces. Graduating from
the very small and barely accredited University of Wolverhampton in 3D Design, she is a wonder
to emerge.


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paper artist

At first inspection, this artwork looks like it was made with watercolours. But tune your eyes a
little more and you’ll notice a variety of different colours of paper turned on its side. Originally
from Moscow then moved to the UK in 2004, Brodskaya developed an innovative flare for paper
craft, which has boosted her global reputation. She designs for many well-known brands, such
as Nokia, Starbucks, Cadbury, as well as some national papers and magazines.


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paper artist

A master in creative sculptural forms, Sweeney presents a unique style of papercrafting in
his work titled Modular Forms in Paper. For those less acquainted with the art world, you
could call this: hardcore origami. Phenomenally complex shapes aside, another intriguing
facet that stands out is how the thickness and curved edges of the sculptures gives the illusion
that they were made using something more solid. But no, this is nothing but good old paper
and adhesive.

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paper artist

From a distance, you’d be fooled into thinking this was the latest offering from All Saints.
Jolis Paons not only creates very stylish clothing out of paper, but ones that contain incredible
layering and texture, which is evident in the underskirt. Created completely out of paper by
hand out of a phone book —  Jolis pleated, stuck, sowed and glued for many hours to create
this garment. 


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Using only paper, card and an exquisite eye for detail, Bert Simons has created an impressive
array of life-like models of human heads. Not sure whether this says something about the
artist’s political stance, but Simons has even crafted the head of the Dutch People’s Party for
Freedom and Democracy member, Ivo Opstelten, to parade around in. Fashioning these
"heads" with so many diverse dimensions requires acute precision, which these portraits
demonstrate.
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