A traditional Chinese papercraft is to make these toys, flowers and dragons and whatnot out of honeycomb latticed layers of delicate colored paper. Pull them apart and the form appears.
Li Hongbo, a Beijing book editor and designer, has worked almost in reverse. The flattened shape IS the form, often an entirely believable facsimile of an object that suddenly and inexplicably folds and extends. It is quite uncanny, especially when human forms are the ones the open and unfold.
Netherlands-based artist Johan Scherft discovered papercrafting at 14 quite by accident when he started making hand-colored paper bird models. "It appealed to me because it combines so many different techniques like working in three dimensions combined with drawing and painting."
"Of course, it is impossible to capture every curve of the bird's body in paper, compromises have to be made, or the model would have too many gluing tabs, making it too difficult to make. A lot of the realism is suggested with the paintwork. For this part, I take the most time. With very fine brushes, I try to achieve the most realistic effect in color and detail. I use watercolors or gouache paint. It's always an exciting moment once the template has been painted to assemble the bird and see what the result is."
We saw a number of Chen Long-Bin's book carvings last week in the REBOUND DISSECTIONS AND EXCAVATIONS IN BOOK ART. I can't really get enough of them.
“In my artwork I always use printed matter – discarded books, magazines, and computer printouts; the cultural debris of our information society. The sculptures I create reference Eastern and Western icons and intellectual figures, thereby exploring cultural meanings and concepts. I always use text in my work and the content of the texts are relevant to my sculptures. My finished sculptures often seem to be wood or marble, though they consist of paper. They are constructed in such a way that the various parts fit together in a seamless manner.”
Also check out Paper Sculptures That Defy Expectations
San Francisco-based designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart has spent 5 years creating this meticulous model of a Boeing 777 out of manila folders.
It is fascinating to see our obsessions made actual.
Finnish paper artist Janna Syvänoja (http://www.jannasyvanoja.com ) uses printed paper, maps, catalogues and phone books to create her work
Syvänoja: "I can make the rules, but the piece takes the shape of its own. When certain formed components start to follow each other and find their rhythm in my hands, the miracle happens."
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We've seen some of Clary's striking layered paper sculptures before. This set incorporates more structure and dimenensionality while maintaining the organic quality.
Rogan Brown on his nearly unbelievably detail papercut art:
“My work is an exploration and re-presentation of natural organic forms both mineral and vegetal. I look for patterns and repeated motifs that run through natural phenomena at different scales, from the microscopic to the macroscopic, from individual cells to large scale geological formations.”
Fitzcardboardaldo (above... beware the sound is pretty loud) is the work of puppet designer and paper crafter Robin Frohardt. The short video, an all cardboard homage to Fitzcarraldo (below) was shot and edited by Robin with special help from Nick Chatfield-Taylor.
Fitzcarraldo is a 1982 film written and directed by Werner Herzog and starring Klaus Kinski as the title character. It portrays would-be rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an Irishman known as Fitzcarraldo in Peru, who has to pull a steamship over a steep hill in order to access a rich rubber territory.
Matthew Picton’s most recent works are sculptures are made from texts or sheet music that are in some way significant to the city. Jerusalem (above and detailed below) is of The New Testament, The Torah, The Armenian Bible and The Koran; Las Vegas in 1972 is fluorescently painted pages from Hunter S Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Dresdenin 1945 using sheet music of the score of “The Ring” by Wagner; and Lower Manhattan from headlines that accompanied the 2001 World Trade center bombing and DVD covers of the film “Towering Inferno” also book covers of the novel The Plot Against America by Philip Roth, just to name a few.
See also Book Collages that Tell a Story
Others include the great fire of London, Venice, Moscow in 1812 (under the destruction by Napoleon), London during the Blitz, and Coventry.
Paper and papercraft are incredibly expressive and relatively easy, and in the hands of such masters as these... really impressive.
Designer Taras Lesko's build of a Pagani Zonda supercar. (the video includes loud music... so... be forewarned.)
German papercrafter Dimi created a full-sized Ford Mustang front end in his living room, using corrugated cardboard. (more awful music.)
Oklahoma-based artist Kelly Campbell Berry layers illustrations with snippets of text from the story to create a visual representation of the book.
"I am truly amazed at the ability some people have to arrange words in such a way that we, the readers, can actually ‘see’ into the imagined world of the writer. We relate, feel, and become invested in the characters so deeply that we are pulled into their world for a brief moment of escape. My book sculptures are my way of showing what the words on the pages create in the imagination of the readers."