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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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Fold Your Own: 3D Lampshade Animals in Paper

Tuesday 02.19.2013 , Posted by

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For anyone who’s a fan of a little DIY, these lampshades will both warm your heart and brighten your home. Created by the duo Maik Parfahl and Wolfgang List of the interdisciplinary design/sound/architecture collective mostlikely, the collection features a managery of faceted animal heads you fold into 3D form yourself. [Read more...]

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Starwarigami: Make an X-Wing and Others from Paper

Friday 11.09.2012 , Posted by

Few things excite the inner Star Wars fan more than the vehicles of that galaxy long ago. Martin Hunt is one of those fans and has spent a considerable amount of time re-creating everything from X-Wings and Tie-Fighters, to AT-AT’s and the Millennium Falcon itself. Hunt has been progressively improving his designs, adding more and more details. His X-wing, which began as a fairly simple design, now sports a cockpit, defined engines and wingtip cannons. It’s so impressive he’s imagined these designs out of one piece of paper, you would think he almost had… the Force… [Read more...]

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Beautiful Cut Paper Looks Like 3D Stained Glass

Wednesday 02.29.2012 , Posted by

Looking like 3D versions of stained glass windows or ancient mandalas, these insanely intricate paper-cut sculptures use hundreds of layers of paper to build up their peacefully meditative forms. Each piece looks as if it was carved into a single block of multi-colored paper strata, revealing complex repeating geometric patterns buried in its depths. Even more interesting, not only do these works have depth, but also bands or bridges of paper floating over the carved away sections below. What results are overlapping, interwoven patterns that draw one in to explore what lies underneath. [Read more...]

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Papercraft Topo Maps As Modern Art

Friday 06.03.2011 , Posted by

These simply beautiful papercut maps really caught our eye. Lacking the mass of details associated with most topo maps, artist Marnie Karger leaves just the contour lines of the land and a delicate range of hues to tell the story of the terrain. Each piece is hand cut and carefully layered out of acid-free cardstock. While many of her creations are famous locations, she has recently been creating custom pieces for clients of their favorite landscapes. Definitely check out her blog, crafterall.blogspot.com for details on many other pieces and see her Etsy store for some real bargains on her well made art. [Read more...]

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Paper-Based 3D Infographics: Pattern Is Crucial

Tuesday 05.17.2011 , Posted by

Pattern Matters is a graphic design-based project that seeks to inspire designers to look at pattern from a variety of different angles. The project is a collection of hand-made 3D infographics which look at different ways to amplify the role of pattern in design and encourage tactile exploration. The main focus of the project is is to demonstrate that pattern is a crucial element in graphic design, and not merely a decorating tool. [Read more...]

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