UK-based Jennifer Collier crafts these impeccably detailed devices using cardboard, thread, and road maps. Her work will be on display September 22-28 at the Origin Craft Fair and you can see many more details shots here (requires horizontal scroll). (via junk culture)
Photo by Andrew Moore for New York Times Magazine. Click for detail.
Shortly after the Japan earthquake the nonprofit Bezos Family Foundation invited children from around the world to mail origami cranes to its Seattle headquarters, promising to donate $2 per crane to the relief efforts, up to to $200,000. A few days later a truck arrived filled with thousands of cranes. And then another truck. And then another. Eventually over 2,000,000 cranes arrived at the steps of the non-profit and the organization doubled its donation. Now, Brooklyn-based Brazilian artist Vik Muniz has been tasked with taking the cranes and making something incredible with them. Above, an image from the New York Times Magazine shows the progress of his meta paper crane mosaic made of paper cranes made from math homework, hall passes, love letters, Saran wrap, Kleenex, candy wrappers, and restaurant menus. Astounding! (via hyperallergic, ny times magazine)
How wicked is this paper skull concept? It kind of reminds me of an origami Punisher logo. Details are scarce on what this actually is, but it was created by Matthieu Jacobs of the creative firm D-Sturbed. Please mass produce these.
Paper artist Matthew Shlian has just released this wonderful series of paper works called The Tessellation Series available over at the Ghostly Store. According to the site the project began earlier this year as an exploration of basic geometry inspired by electronic music. He writes:
In my studio I am a collaborator, explorer and inventor. I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over. Guided by wonder, my work is made because I cannot visualize its final realization; in this way I come to understanding through curiosity.
Shlian is an MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy and divides his time between teaching at the University of Michigan and “mocking up new-fangled packaging options for billion dollar blue-chips, and creating some of the most inspiring paper art around.” I think I’d probably buy whatever this guy designs just for the packaging. (via designspiration)
Greek artist Vally Nomidou creates these delicate life-size sculptures of women and girls using paper and cardboard. Via the exhibition page:
Paper, Nomidou’s dominant material, now becomes a key component in her creative process, inextricably linked to painful and systematic research on the technical level, as well as on that of aesthetic integration. The artist respects her material and, although it is cheap and vulnerable, she does not “adulterate” it by using other materials. Moreover, she does not use it as a shell, an encasing to cover a necessary inner structure by providing a fake, idealised skin. Nomidou builds and shapes her works from the inside out solely using paper and paperboard. The internal cardboard frame is built with a vertical and horizontal grid in order to be able to support and render stillness in her sculptures, while also ensuring balance in contraction and expansion.
To me her sculptures appear to be three dimensional collages, the paper-based media mixing and intertwining, occasionally embedded with flowers, jewelry and other materials. Yet somehow they retain incredibly life-like forms, perfectly proportioned. See more from this series entitled “Let it Bleed“. (via acidolatte)