Don’t let the rather simple geometric images above fool you, watch the video. Using small pieces of paper (just 2-3cm wide) artist Etienne Cliquet has created delicately folded origami pieces that once placed in water begin to bloom, the result of capillary action as the paper absorbs water. Beautiful. (via reddit)
I know nothing about Pattern Matters and currently have an email into them to find out more info. From the look of their recently updated portfolio they are making some genuinely beautiful paper and typographic products from calendars to the stunning 3D posters you see here. Looking at the process photos the attention to detail exhibited here is simply mind-blowing.
Update: This is the work of Lim Siang Ching, a graphic design student in Singapore who is graduating from LASALLE College of the Arts. These are her degree projects.
St. Paul-based illustrator Colin Johnson creates these insanely intricate paper works that he dubs “hyper-collages”. Shown above is his latest piece, Effloresce, for which he also photographed a nice step-by-step series. See much more of his work on Flickr.
In his installation A Butterfly’s Eye View artist Eiji Watanabe eviscerates butterfly field guides, releasing the delicately cut insects and pinning them to the walls around the gutted textbooks. It’s almost as if he bestows life to these little paper creatures, and yet they often remain organized in a tight grid, an entire new species of butterfly. The images came via a number of Flickr accounts.
Some wonderful paper works by Australian artist Miso (Stanislava Pinchuk) who pastes these large pieces around the streets of Melbourne. Via her web site:
Miso is really taken with the idea of art, and especially street art, as being something which binds us as a community. It functions in a very old fashioned way, in that it becomes a way of telling and sharing stories and images, embedding them within the city. Like folk art, it comes to have a very particular, practical function. It brings us together as makers, viewers and consumers, finding new pieces and exploring the possibilities of our cities.
Argentine artist Pablo Lehmann cuts shapes and text from large sheets of paper and synthetic cloth, often using the sheets to create three-dimensional installations resembling furniture. Beautifully eviscerated books. (via one of my new favorite blogs, cartwheel galaxy)