Originally posted in CREATIVEBLOQ
We may live in a digital world, but our love affair with paper art has by no means diminished.
Here are some great of examples of paper art being used imaginatively within contemporary design, giving new life to one of the most ancient arts. You’re sure to find the inspiration you’re looking for…
The attention to detail is astonishing
“Paper art is DIY work we really enjoy to see and to make, because handmade creation is something that, as graphic designers, we really had to know,” Gillet explains. “It’s the kind of project we feel is more human than any project you can make using software.”
This paper art gets in the festive spirit
These adorable paper art animations were created for a recent Liberty Bank campaign. Featuring a Christmas tree, a cosy armchair, plenty of presents and a roaring fire, the execution is as festive as it gets. With the idea and storyboard crafted by Irakli Sabekia, Mamuka Okriashvili took charge of the paper sculptures.
Alice in Wonderland gets the paper art treatment
Combining her love of Alice in Wonderland and Christmas decorations, Moscow based designer Marina Adamova has crafted an entire range of paper art baubles that pay homage to some of the story’s best characters. Including the white rabbit, Alice herself and the caterpillar, you’ll fall head over heels in love with these.
A special Christmas paper art project from Malena Valcárcel
There’s plenty of paper art out there that incorporates books into the design but this one is something special. Spanish designer Malena Valcárcel has crafted a Christmas wonderland with one of the tiny buildings lit up – it makes for a truly magical execution.
White’s paper artwork will swoop down and steal your heart
Artist Maude White likes to do something a little different when it comes to her paper art. Meticulously hand-cutting each piece, her works are of unfathomable detail.
Inspired mostly by nature, and creating pieces that feature birds, leaves and flowers, White also creates beautiful paper art portraits of people. Each piece can take thousands of tiny cuts, with White working for hours on end to perfect each piece of art.
Part of the city looking stormy
Artist and architect Charles Young is the genius behind a tiny moving paper world. It’s made up of 365 paper structures (one of which is shown above), each mounted on a block of wood, or, occasionally, a potato.
Most have moving parts; bunting swaying in the wind, vehicles moving around, turbines and lifts in operation. He films each one doing its thing and uploads an animated GIF of the action. The models combine to form a single island city which Young hopes to exhibit.
By James Donegan
Redefining Paper is a project from James Cropper Paper – wanted to challenge the norm. “A creative process often starts with a white piece of paper, sketched on and discarded,” he explains. “But, what happens when you ask a group of artists to make white paper the beginning, middle and end of a creative project?” they ask.
Well, what happens is a series of incredibly different yet wholly inspiring creations. From Rosanna and Clint’s printable and customisable wall clock to Megan Ocheduszko’s paper art jewellery, it just goes to show what a few sheets of white paper can really do. Check them all out on the project website.
Paper Dandy’s latest project sees horror scenes come to life
Making a living from paper art is a difficult task but thanks to his talents and enthusiasm, Marc Hagan-Guirey aka Paper Dandy has done just that. His latest venture, a book titled Horrogami, sees him recreating horror scenes using Kirigami – the Japanese art of cutting and folding a single sheet of paper to make intricate 3D scenes.
Horrogami presents 20 Kirigami projects, all inspired by cult horror tales such as Dracula, Frankenstein, Sleepy Hollow and King Kong, with each featuring step-by-step instruction and a template that can be pulled out of the book. Horrorgami: 20 Gruesome Scenes to Cut and Fold, is available to order here.
09. Decorex Expo
We’re big fans of Marc Hagan-Guirey’s wonderful paper creations
Just one example of Marc Hagan-Guirey’s work in this list would seem like we were short changing you. So feast your eyes on his kirigami design for Decorex International, a company that puts on big interior design expos in the UK. It was used as the main creative for Decorex’s 2013 campaign.
Zim & Zou was behind this incredible paper window display for French luxury brand Hermes
This beautiful, underwater paper world was created graphic design and illustration studio Zim & Zou back in 2013. The project was commissioned by French luxury brand Hermès, who hired the team to design the windows for the re-opening of its store located in Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills.
Brazil-based illustration agency D’Avila Studio created this vibrant paper art piece as part of Fiat Motors campaign to promote its new SUV, the Dobló Adventure. The team created two prints, both of which placed the paper overlapping on layers to create an impressive depth effect.
12. Paper Dragon
The amount of detail in this paper dragon blows our minds. A collaborative effort, this intricate piece took the steady hands of a number of Belgium creatives at INK studio. As the majestical creature overhangs the castle, we can’t even begin to imagine how long this delicate project took to complete.
Tsvetislava Koleva celebrates the Day of the Dead with intricate and colourful masks
This incredible paper art series from Bulgarian based designer Tsvetislava Koleva, celebrates the Day of the Dead with intricate and colourful masks that quite frankly, took our breath away. Using a different colour palette for each offering, the series seamlessly comes together. Koleva specialises in paper art creations that have included sculptures, typography and more but it seems the Day of the Dead is her biggest inspiration to date.
Yusuke Oono’s books open up to tell their stories layer by layer
Japanese artist and designer Yusuke Oono creates books that open up to tell their stories as a multi-layered 3D scene. Each page is a separate laser cut plane, and together they make up deep and gorgeous 3D images that reveal the story as you make your way from the front to the back of the book.
This paper art creation almost looks like it was created with Photoshop
This identity for Malmö Festival was created by Swedish design agency Snask and features some wonderfully colourful paper art creations. Used for print advertisment as well as huge promotional art installations, this is an impeccable example of what can be achieved with patience and creativity.
Get lost in this truly mesmerising paper art installation
This latest creation from Charles Clary is as mesmerising as it gets. Using layer upon layer of colourful paper, Clary hand-cuts each piece to form an array of geometric shapes, sound waves or cell structures. Often taking months to create, each piece can have as many as 4,000 individual cut sheets of paper, up to 30 panels, and over 14,000 spacers. That’s patience right there!
17. Geek heroes
Nerd Love is an ongoing paper art project
Meghan Stratman originally started Nerd Love with the intention of creating a new piece of nerdy fan art every Monday for a year. But time constraints turned it into an ongoing project, that she continues to develop now.
“I like to include bright colours and a sense of humor in my art,” explains Stratman, “and enjoy combining elements to humorous effect, such as badgers sporting fezzes or weasels wearing rocket packs.”
Artist Rogan Brown says that each sculpture is hugely time consuming
The artist Rogan Brown is inspired in part by the tradition of scientific drawing and model making, and particularly the work of artist-scientists such as Ernst Haeckel. He explains: “My work is an exploration and re-presentation of natural organic forms both mineral and vegetal.
“Each sculpture is hugely time consuming and labour-intensive and this work is an essential element not only in the construction but also in the meaning of each piece. I have chosen paper as a medium because it captures perfectly that mixture of delicacy and durability that for me characterizes the natural world”.
19. Movie Scenes
The Lion King is just one of the movie scenes Brittany Lee has recreated with paper art
Artist Brittany Lee combines some of her favourite pasttimes – design, animation and movies – to create these vibrant paper art movie scenes. Now a freelance artist, Lee worked as a visual developer for Disney previously, so you can see where the inspiration for many of her pieces comes from.
Unwanted books are transformed into works of art with these paper sculptures
These paper sculptures by Pam Langdon shows there’s much more that can be done with a book besides reading it. Inspired by marine environments and patterns within nature, Langdon meticulously folds pages of old books, transforming them into eye-catching pieces of art.
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