Fun with Paper: Seven Great Papercraft Projects

Over the past week or so my in-box and feed reader has been suddenly peppered with papercraft. From pop-ups to sculptures, wrapping paper to origami, it seems this paper stuff isn’t just a passing fad. I started writing individual posts for several of these and finally decided to group them together into an epic paper roundup. Enjoy.

Papercraft Pinhole Camera

Fun with Paper: Seven Great Papercraft Projects sculpture paper inspiration

Although it’s still just a prototype, this folded polaroid camera will eventually be a template for a functional pinhole camera. The handywork of UK-based Matthew Nicholson who made this great paper Leica pinhole earlier this year. (via photojojo)

Paper Parrot

Fun with Paper: Seven Great Papercraft Projects sculpture paper inspiration

I just posted about Diana Beltran Herrera’s paper birds last month, but this new parrot was too great to pass up. It seems like each new animal she creates is more complex than the last. Can’t wait to see where this goes.

Unseen Pleasure

Fun with Paper: Seven Great Papercraft Projects sculpture paper inspiration

Fun with Paper: Seven Great Papercraft Projects sculpture paper inspiration

Unseen Pleasure is paper sculpture by Paris-based David Benmussa that recreates digital sound waves on Joy Division’s famous album cover. The piece is on display at the Point Ephemere through January.

Popupology

Fun with Paper: Seven Great Papercraft Projects sculpture paper inspiration

Fun with Paper: Seven Great Papercraft Projects sculpture paper inspiration

Fun with Paper: Seven Great Papercraft Projects sculpture paper inspiration

The Popupology shop has all kinds of crazy cool pop-up-related cards from architectural structures to geometric shapes and folding space invader bookmarks. YES. Get shopping.

Inkjet Print Shoe

Fun with Paper: Seven Great Papercraft Projects sculpture paper inspiration

Fun with Paper: Seven Great Papercraft Projects sculpture paper inspiration

That’s right, paper. Artist Julie VonDer Vellen is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and makes these extraordinary shoes out of ink jet prints. Via email she told me her research expands on traditional storytelling and memoir presentation where significant moments such as personal stories as well as those of friends and family are interwoven into handmade paper crafted from recycled cotton clothing. Beautiful work.

Typeforce Catalogue

Fun with Paper: Seven Great Papercraft Projects sculpture paper inspiration

Fun with Paper: Seven Great Papercraft Projects sculpture paper inspiration

Fun with Paper: Seven Great Papercraft Projects sculpture paper inspiration

A similar variation of this cover for the Annual Chicago Show of Typographic Allstars could have been done digitally, in Photoshop, with an hour or so of work. Instead, Darren McPherson and Will Miller decided to do things right and built the cover entirely by hand before photographing it, giving the book a striking visual appearance that conveys depth and care. More design like this please.

Hamburger Wrapping Paper

Fun with Paper: Seven Great Papercraft Projects sculpture paper inspiration

And last but not least, head on over to Kickstarter to check out Gift Couture’s Premium Wrapping Paper Sets, guaranteed to turn that boring stack of book presents into a greasy, mouthwatering tower of solid paper junk food.

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