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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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Who Knew that Disposable Plates Could be Stylishly Designed? Biodegradable TableWare by Wasara

Tuesday 10.22.2013 , Posted by

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Have you seen what the kids are eating their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches off of these days?  I have fond memories of hot summer days eating lunch sandwiches from the classic round paper plates with ruffled edges. Those plates were great! Except that they stuck together…. and they were kinda ugly… and I threw away about a bazillion into landfills from ages 5 to 13. Ahh, yes… the 90s.  The Millennial kids are better than that. They are growing up in an age where people are environmentally aware and design conscious (hopefully).  Wasara has reinvented the ‘disposable’ paper plate with their collection of beautiful AND biodegradable tableware bringing us a tad closer to lifestyle perfection. [Read more...]

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Paper Goes Viral: Cellular Sculptures By Charles Clary

Monday 10.21.2013 , Posted by

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Germs never looked so clean-cut until they met artist Charles Clary. A painter and papercrafting artist originally from Tennessee, Clary uses an Xacto knife to dissect hundreds of colorful sheets, which he stacks to create beautiful molecular reliefs. Resembling delicate microbial colonies that contaminate the walls they touch–while simultaneously evoking sound waves, fractals, and topographical landscapes–his works transform simple two-dimensional surfaces into pulsing, surreal structures.  [Read more...]

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Larger Than Life Paper Cutout Portraits Made From Massive Sheets of Paper

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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From now until September 8th, Japanese artist Risa Fukui has a must-see paper cutout exhibition at the Pola Museum Annex. The Japanese art of paper cutting, also referred to as kirie, has been the force behind some magnificently talented artists like Rogan Brown and Bovey Lee, but never before have we seen it on such a massive scale. In her exhibition called LIFE-SIZED Risa Fukui presents 10 works that look like scribbled portrait drawings, so much so that it is almost unfathomable that they were cut out from a gigantic piece of paper. [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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Bizarre Expanding Paper Sculptures

Wednesday 02.06.2013 , Posted by

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Bending like etherial images from our dreams, the insanely complex sculptures of Beijing based Li Hongbo look solidly constructed until they are surprisingly bent into long undulating shapes. Hongbo constructs his sculptures out of a multitude of paper layers, carefully hand gluing thousands together to form a solid whole – one which often looks more like white marble or resin. [Read more...]

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Stop Motion Video Features 2,000 Silhouettes

Wednesday 01.23.2013 , Posted by

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A lot of work goes into shooting most music videos, but to create 2,000 silhouettes, then photograph them for a stop motion video must have taken an eternity. Directors Kijek/Adamski created this fascinating video for Shugo Tokumaru’s song “Katachi” which means shape. Using a computer-controlled cutter to make over 2,000 PVC plate cut-outs, Kijek and Adamski keep the eyes entertained to the beat of the music, starting with simple geometric shapes moving into colorful explosions of dancing and clapping. [Read more...]

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Imaginative 3D Worlds From A Paper Theater

Sunday 12.23.2012 , Posted by

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In her little paper craft theater, Elly MacKay meticulously creates, lights, then photographs dreamy scenes. Although the final product looks like an illustration or painting, the actual process is much more fastidious. Once MacKay comes up with an idea for a scene, she begins to conceptualize it with thumbnails, drawings and words. Using a plastic material called Yupo paper, she draws and cuts out the layers she will need. Using wires she carefully places each piece where it belongs and adds additional touches, like parchment paper skies or tissue paper for landscapes in the distance. [Read more...]

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360 Degree Cut Out Book Tells a 3D Story

Saturday 10.20.2012 , Posted by

When you open this palm-sized book by designer Yusuke Oono, you will be transported to a beautiful, simplistic, three dimensional world. It’s no wonder this innovative design won the You Fab 2012 design contest. The free-form booklet opens like a fan to tell a lovely story in a woodland setting. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #165 > The Unspoken

Wednesday 04.04.2012 , Posted by

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