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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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Paper Birds by Diana Beltran Herrera

Paper Birds by Diana Beltran Herrera paper birds

Paper Birds by Diana Beltran Herrera paper birds

Paper Birds by Diana Beltran Herrera paper birds

I’m enjoying these paper cut bird sculptures by Colombian artist and illustrator Diana Beltran Herrera. She also creates impressive paper geometric shapes (this one is great). Thanks Diana for sharing your work with Colossal!

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Telephone Book Hive by Kristiina Lahde

Telephone Book Hive by Kristiina Lahde sculpture paper installation books

Telephone Book Hive by Kristiina Lahde sculpture paper installation books

Telephone Book Hive by Kristiina Lahde sculpture paper installation books

Telephone Book Hive by Kristiina Lahde sculpture paper installation books

Telephone Book Hive by Kristiina Lahde sculpture paper installation books

Artist Kristiina Lahde created this towering paper sculpture using delicately folded phone books. Aptly entitled Hive, the piece was on exhibition at the Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens in Ontario earlier this summer. This is the most practical use of a printed phone book I’ve seen in the last decade. (via jealous curator)

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Sebastian Schramm

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A wonderfully absurd photo by German photographer and art director Sebastian Schramm. Available as a print over on Saatchi Online.

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Jill Sylvia Interviewed by In the Make

Jill Sylvia Interviewed by In the Make sculpture paper interview

Jill Sylvia Interviewed by In the Make sculpture paper interview

Jill Sylvia Interviewed by In the Make sculpture paper interview

In the Make recently published a great interview with paper artist Jill Sylvia (previously) including a number of tantalizing process photos of her signature cut ledger paper sculptures. If you’re not familiar, In the Make is a weekly collaborative interview and photo series between photographer Klea McKenna and writer Nikki Grattan. From their about page:

Through studio visits with artists and designers, we hope to explore each artist’s
space, process, influences, and the behind-the-scenes elements that are often unseen in the finished work. We look to highlight the ways in which each artist’s personal aesthetic pervades their environment and reveals their perspective. We are also interested in the daily realities of making creative work and how each artist sustains their practice.

Their impressive list of interviews includes studio chats with Jesse Schlesinger, Christina Empedocles (previously), and Josephine Taylor. Well worth your time.

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Custom Lighting Made from Paper Cups, Spoons and Coffee Filters by Christian DuCharme

Custom Lighting Made from Paper Cups, Spoons and Coffee Filters by Christian DuCharme paper lighting interior design

Custom Lighting Made from Paper Cups, Spoons and Coffee Filters by Christian DuCharme paper lighting interior design

Custom Lighting Made from Paper Cups, Spoons and Coffee Filters by Christian DuCharme paper lighting interior design

Custom Lighting Made from Paper Cups, Spoons and Coffee Filters by Christian DuCharme paper lighting interior design

The folks over at CollabCubed spotted these great custom lights by Christian DuCharme installed at the Lafayette Espresso Bar and Market in New York. The first is the 300 Cups Lamp made from, yes, 300 paper coffee cups while the others are made from plastic spoons and coffee filters. A really striking use of materials. See more photos here.

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Surreal Collages by Philipp Igumnov

Surreal Collages by Philipp Igumnov surreal paper manipulated collage

Surreal Collages by Philipp Igumnov surreal paper manipulated collage

Surreal Collages by Philipp Igumnov surreal paper manipulated collage

Surreal Collages by Philipp Igumnov surreal paper manipulated collage

Surreal Collages by Philipp Igumnov surreal paper manipulated collage

Just discovered these fun collages and illustrations by Moscow-based artist Philipp Igumnov. He strikes an intriguing balance in his work with many pieces being laugh-out-loud ridiculous while others are filled with a sort of sad, dreamlike melancholy. Whatever he’s doing, it works, and I found myself sad when I reached the end of his gallery so quickly.

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