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Large Scale Life-Sized Elephant Created From a Single 50 x 50 Ft Piece of Paper

Friday 03.14.2014 , Posted by
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At age 5, Sipho Mabona created his very first paper airplane. By the time he was 20, when he had run out of designs for paper airplanes, he looked to origami to help him visualize more original designs. Now, based in Luzern, Switzerland, Mabona creates beautiful origami designs that have won him many awards and much praise. With the help of a team of 10 people financed by an Indiegogo campaign for $26,000, he was able to turn a single 50 x 50 ft piece of paper into a life-size origami elephant. [Read more...]

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Heading to SXSW? Check Out Column Five’s Unreal Paper Craft Animation

Friday 03.07.2014 , Posted by
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The crafty people at Column Five now have offices in California and New York, so what better way to announce their country spanning convergence on SXSW this week than this stellar paper craft animation? Whether you prefer mustard covered hot dogs, fresh zesty tacos or a juicy rack of ribs, the short animation will keep your eyes well pleased and your stomach… well… fiber filled. It’s paper after all. [Read more...]

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Map Painter Fernando Vicente Explores The Art In Cartography

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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While completely useless to a lost global traveler, Fernando Vicente’s map paintings offer a spectacular visual relief. A Madrid-based painter and illustrator, Vicente uses delicate vintage maps as canvases in his “Atlas Series.”  The artist illustrates human faces, animals, and skulls on the maps, allowing the geographic boundaries of each to shape the contours and shapes of his subjects. In dark, lush gestures, he seamlessly orients an ancient profile on the outline of Spain and imagines a rearing elephant’s trunk on the tip of South America. [Read more...]

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Tessellated Masks Folded from One Sheet of Un-cut Paper

Sunday 12.29.2013 , Posted by
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These masks may look like complex woven mats of metal or fabric – and that would be impressive – but the truth is even more astounding. Origami artist Joel Cooper uses a folding method called tessellation to create his elaborate masks out of one piece of paper without cutting or glue. His faces have a distinctly geometric form that is otherworldly and beautiful. Yes, this takes practice. [Read more...]

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Roots or Rivers? Astounding Cut Paper Sculptures Inspired by the Forms of the Natural World

Monday 08.19.2013 , Posted by

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Rogan Brown is an explorer of the natural world, both mineral and vegetable. His simply stunning response to the things he finds are these beautiful cut paper artworks which pop from the canvas in textural form. Serpentine roots, branching rivers, blood vessels – it’s not always easy to determine what first inspired what, but they are all the forms and motifs of the natural world repeated throughout many different scales. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #453 > Paper Art And Other Creative Works

Tuesday 06.11.2013 , Posted by

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Extraordinary Origami Creatures

Monday 06.10.2013 , Posted by

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At the young age of five, Nguyễn Hùng Cường was first introduced to the art of paper folding. He learned mostly from books and by the age of 10 he began creating his own original designs. As many great origami artists do, Cường challenged himself to use only one piece of paper for most of his designs. He often creates his models on a Vietnamese handmade paper called Dó. Inspired by the techniques of many origami artists before him, Cường joined the community of origami enthusiasts known as Vietnam Origami Group in 2005. [Read more...]

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Intricate Paper Cutouts by Hand on Rice Paper

Friday 05.03.2013 , Posted by

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I am in complete awe of these delicate paper cutouts by Philly-based artist Bovey Lee. With the steadiness of a surgeon, she carves unbelievably detailed designs, patterns, and storyscapes into rice paper then backs them with silk- no laser cutters necessary! Although it looks like she has spent a lifetime mastering this technique, Lee has only been doing it since 2005. Her steady hand could be attributed to the Chinese calligraphy she practiced from the age of ten, growing up in Hong Kong. Lee’s imaginative designs blend fantasy with reality and her delicate execution is remarkable. [Read more...]

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Classic/Modern: Chinese Paper Cutting Art

Monday 03.11.2013 , Posted by

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Chinese Paper Cutting or Jianzhi (剪纸) as it is known in China was the first type of paper cutting design in the world. For thousands of years, intricate cut-outs and shapes have been created and then used as decoration in homes. They are usually put on windows, lamps, doors and mirrors and symbolize good luck or fortune. They are also used as a form of gifting, commonly given at special occasions such as the new year. [Read more...]

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That’s Not a Chair, It’s a Paper Sculpture

Saturday 03.09.2013 , Posted by

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You might be surprised if you plop down on the comfortable looking classic armchair pictured above; that’s because it’s made entirely out of thin sheets of paper. These exquisitely crafted sculptures from Los Angeles based artist Vincent Tomczyk seem to break all the rules of possibility, representing objects from a soft white dress shirt, to an iconic Eames chair with almost perfect accuracy. His gossamer creations are beautiful to behold. [Read more...]

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