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Li Hongbo Explains His Flexible Paper Sculptures

Li Hongbo Explains His Flexible Paper Sculptures sculpture paper

Li Hongbo Explains His Flexible Paper Sculptures sculpture paper

Li Hongbo Explains His Flexible Paper Sculptures sculpture paper

Remember those wild flexible paper sculptures from last month by artist Li Hongbo? This new video from Crane.tv shows the artist in his Beijing studio where we learn much more about how he makes each artwork. (via booooooom)

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Irving Harper: Works in Paper

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works in Paper sculpture paper books animals

Irving Harper: Works In Paper is a new book from Skira Rizzoli that collects the paper works of industrial designer Irving Harper. Harper worked as the director of design at George Nelson Associates during the 1960s and is known for designing the Marshmallow Sofa for Herman Miller (as well as the firms’ iconic logo) and the ball and sunburst clocks for Howard Miller. Privately the designer was also an artist and created numerous paper sculptures depicting animals, masks, and other figures. Via Rizzoli:

Encompassing influences as diverse as Picasso, Egyptian hieroglyphs, the art of Oceana and Africa, the architecture of Paris, and the American beech tree that shades the Rye, New York home he has lived in for over 50 years, the artist’s private meditations reveal an informed aesthetic consciousness expressing itself as pure joy. Harper’s private work delivers on the promise of modernism: humble materials elevated by brilliant design and craftsmanship, and integrating the natural world to create objects in a universally understood language.

You can pick up the book on Amazon or directly from Rizzoli. All images courtesy Skira Rizzoli. (via grain edit)

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New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

New Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser sculpture paper ocean coral

Connecticut-based artist Amy Eisenfeld Genser (previously) recently completed a new series of coral reefs that she painstakingly recreates using rolled bits of paper and acrylic paint. Ahead of her upcoming exhibition at the Architectural Digest Home Show, Genser sat down with All Things Paper for a brief interview. An excerpt on her process:

These days I usually work with Thai Unryu [mulberry paper], but I have hundreds of papers in my studio from all around the world. I treat the paper almost as a pigment, layering colors one on top of the other to create different colors. My pieces are about a foot wide. Then I roll one layer on top of the other in all different thicknesses. I seal the roll with acid-free, archival glue stick, and then cut the long piece into sections with scissors or pruning shears. I have pruning shears of all different sizes to accommodate different widths.

See and learn more over on All Things Paper.

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Paper Landscape Illustrated by Eiko Ojala

Paper Landscape Illustrated by Eiko Ojala paper landscapes illustration

Paper Landscape Illustrated by Eiko Ojala paper landscapes illustration

Paper Landscape Illustrated by Eiko Ojala paper landscapes illustration

Paper Landscape Illustrated by Eiko Ojala paper landscapes illustration

Paper Landscape Illustrated by Eiko Ojala paper landscapes illustration

It’s hard to visit an art or design blog these days without spotting the illustration work of Estonian artist Eiko Ojala, his Naked series is a great place to get started. The artist works digitally without the aid of 3D software where he draws everything by hand to create landscapes, figures and portraits that look as if they’ve been cut from paper. Most critical are the placement of shadows which Ojala also draws by hand, though via email he admits the complexity occasionally requires the use of photographed shadows which he then incorporates into the illustrations. His latest work is this beautiful Vertical Landscape which is easily one of his most accomplished pieces and I think bodes well for this young illustrator’s career. Wouldn’t you love to see this in motion? (via behance)

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It’s Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Bergère / 2012 / Various papers / 26 x 26 x 36 in.

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Shirt & Tie / 2010 / Mulberry and various other papers / 23 x 30 x 4 in.

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Wallet / 2011 / Paper, nylon thread / 4 x 3 x 0.5 in.

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Paper Museum Bench / 2013

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Americana, paper jeans / 2011 / Paper, canvas, silk and nylon thread / 15 x 9 x 11 in.

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Americana, paper jeans / 2011 / Paper, canvas, silk and nylon thread / 15 x 9 x 11 in.

Its Not What You Think, Every Single One of these Objects is Made of Paper sculpture realism paper furniture
Paper Eames Chair LCW / 2012 / Various papers, hand painted / 22 x 23 x 28 in.

A dusty old chair, a wrinkled pair of jean shorts, or the classic shape of a wooden Eames chair, common items you might encounter every day without giving them a second thought. But try to sit on that worn Corbusier bench or wear that pressed white shirt and you might be shocked as they tear or disintegrate before your very eyes because, amazingly, they are made almost completely with paper by Los Angeles-based artist Vincent Tomczyk. Via his artist statement:

My art centers on objects to stimulate visceral connections. These compositions represent biographies of people, experiences and interpretations of intangible ideas. Although my work can be categorized as realism, my intention is to distill the emotion of an object, then through expression, reconstruct it into my view of its essential self – free of function. [...] As an artist working primarily with paper, my art requires me to be part craftsman and part engineer. I learned a lot about how to construct things by working at my father’s side, in his workshop. I’m compelled to produce work that is visually poetic by using a medium that defies perceived limitations.

Tomczyk tells me that he doesn’t do much sketching before he embarks on each artwork, but spends his time formulating ideas in his head and developing a list of needed materials and measurements. The objects are carefully crafted by hand, all of the colors you see are hand-painted and he never relies on any sort of digital printing. Translation: these take a lot of time. The jean shorts alone with functional pockets and realistic textures took over 100 hours.

If you want to see more, Tomczyk has a solo show opening May 4th, 2013 at Gallery 825 in LA and you can also see many more of his paper works on his website. If you enjoy this kind of realism, also check out Randall Rosenthall’s wood carvings. (via colossal submissions, thnx shane)

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Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

Portraits Made of Shredded Poetry by Jamie Poole typography portraits paper collage

While primarily working as a landscape painter and art teacher, UK artist Jamie Poole was struck with the idea of deconstructing printed poems into individual words and using the text to create large scale portraits. The final pieces are quite large measuring several feet tall, allowing for excruciating detail in both line and shadow, as well as creating an intriguing hybrid of portraiture, typography, and collage. You can see more images of Jamie’s work on his blog and in his Flickr stream. If you liked this, also check out the work of Evan Wondolowski and Lola Dupre. (via junk culture)

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Revolution: The Lifecycle of Water Told in a Stop Motion Pop-Up Book

Revolution: The Lifecycle of Water Told in a Stop Motion Pop Up Book water stop motion pop ups paper books animation

This blog has seen it’s fair share of pop-up books, and animation using paper, but this might be the first where everything comes together in a single piece. Revolution is an animated short by photographer Chris Turner, paper engineer Helen Friel and animator Jess Deacon that explores the life cycle of a single drop of water through the pages of an elaborate pop-up book. The book contains nine scenes that were animated using 1,000 photographic stills shot over the course of a year. (via faith is torment)

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