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Painstaking Folk Art Papercuts by Suzy Taylor 

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Based in rural Devon, UK, artist Suzy Taylor works with an X-Acto knife and sheets of paper to cut skulls, animals, and entire family trees composed of dense arrays of leaves and flowers. Each piece begins as a complete drawing and is then cut from paper over a period of hours or days. Though many of her designs are original commissions, she also turns much of her work into prints and stationery that are sometimes available from her shop (currently on vacation) and Not On the High Street. You can follow more of her recent work on Instagram. (via Culture N Lifestyle)

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New Ballpoint Pen Illustrations on Vintage Envelopes and Maps by Mark Powell 

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It’s been a couple of years since we last checked in on Mark Powell (previously here and here), who produces ballpoint pen portraits and illustrations of birds and people on vintage envelopes. Recently Powell has expanded his practice to include old maps as another form of canvas, drawing detailed faces and bodies that are given texture by the haphazard roads and regions that comprise the United States or Paris.

Powell chooses to draw on paper with historical marks in order to imbue his works with a greater story, adding a deeper background to his subjects. “They compliment each other and I hope leads the viewer to wonder, and maybe create, a history for the two,” said Powell. “I rarely connect the portrait and ‘canvas’ as they are both strangers to me.”

Powell’s illustrations can take between a couple of hours and an entire month depending on the size of the surface and the detail given to his subjects. His upcoming exhibition, “Anthropology,” will open March 3 and run through April 10, 2016 at Hang-Up Gallery in London. You can see more of Powell’s drawings on his Facebook.

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Ai Weiwei’s Suspended Bamboo and Silk Beasts Highlight Ancient Chinese Mythology Inside a Paris Department Store 

Ai Weiwei‘s (previously here and here) first exhibition in France is not staged at the Centre Pompidou nor the Palais de Tokyo, but within Paris’s Le Bon Marché, the city’s oldest department store founded in 1852. At its center the exhibition includes 20 illuminated silk and bamboo creatures that float above the cosmetics department, a contradiction of subject matter that Ai embraces as he allows the two vastly different worlds to collide momentarily during his store-bound exhibition.

The show, titled “Er Xi” or “Child’s Play,” is in many ways tied to the artist’s family and childhood. His father, the Chinese poet Ai Qing, passed on stories to Ai of his time spent living and studying art in Paris in the 30s. Thinking about his father’s history within the city, Ai also contemplated his own background with the art of kite making, enlisting 12 kite makers from the Shandong Province in China to build the sculptures from similar materials he used to make his first kite at the age of ten.

In addition to these hanging sculptures, Ai also installed work in the department store’s front windows and throughout the store, including a 65-foot dragon on Le Bon Marché’s ground floor. Weaving together 2D and 3D works, Ai illuminate’s the mythology found in the 2,000 year-old “Shan Hai Jing” (Classic of Mountains and Seas), a series of traditional Chinese children’s fables that reference birds, fish, and dragons.

“Introducing the fantastic within a retail space strikes the imagination of customers, visitors, passersby,” said Ai in a statement. “We all lead parallel lives in this other world of dreams, fantasies and feats. We must learn to coexist with them as they are an integral part of our humanity; to embrace our mythology. Children know how to do this naturally. This exhibition speaks to our inner child,” the artist said in a statement.

Er Xi” runs at Le Bon Marché in Paris through February 20, 2016. (via Designboom)

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Miniature DIY Paper Skeleton Kits by Tinysaur 

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The folks over at Brooklyn-based Tinysaurs build DIY paper model kits of the world’s smallest dinosaurs and other skeletons, both real and fictional. Each tiny kit stands about 2 inches tall when finished and takes about 20-30 minutes to assemble with a pair of tweezers. Kits are available as a standalone paper model, or as a deluxe kit with included borosilicate glass display dome. See more in their Etsy shop. (via So Super Awesome)

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Engineer Builds a Functional Miniature V8 Engine Using Only Paper 

In a series of videos posted to YouTube, engineer Aliaksei Zholner demonstrates a miniscule V8 engine he designed that is built completely from paper (with minor bits of scotch tape to prevent friction). The engine is so tiny it fits inside the plastic container found inside a Kinder egg. In the the videos Zholner demonstrates the progress of the engine coming together over several months, and the latest clip posted this weekend incorporates a paper throttle that effectively controls the speed of the little whirring device using compressed air. You can also see his wildly popular model v6 engine from last year.

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Cut Rice Paper Sculptures of Twisting Rollercoasters by Bovey Lee 

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Flower Knot–The Moon Cyclist. 35.5×35.5”, 2015. Chinese xuan (rice) paper on silk, hand cut.

Early last year, artist Bovey Lee (previously) made the move from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles, experiencing the overwhelming emotions and turmoil one faces when moving across the country. As a way to reconcile the differences between the two cities, Bovey began working on a new body of cut rice paper artworks that display the features and landscapes of her old a new lives as if twisted together on the spiraling tracks of rollercoasters.

Cut by hand from Chinese xuan paper, the pieces depict collisions of skyscrapers and flower bouquets, buffalos carrying mountainous stacks of suitcases, and in a piece titled Eternity – The Rescuer tumbling wedding cakes are surrounded by storm clouds. She shares with us about the new work:

Speaking to the motivation of my relocation, the works also feature imagery associated with romantic relationships, and wedding bouquets, engagement rings, cakes, and eternity symbols populate the pieces. In these works, I draw parallels between one’s romantic relationship and our relationship with nature. While seeking balance, eternity, stability, and harmony in both relationships, the journey we take on are often complex, dramatic, changing, and lopsided. But there is also incredible beauty, energy, richness, and even whimsy in chaos and imperfections through the ups and downs, and trial and error.

Many of these pieces will be on view starting next week at Gavlak Gallery for her show titled Divertical (a name taken from the world’s tallest water rollercoaster) starting January 9th. What you see here is just a fraction of her latest art, see plenty more in her 2015 gallery.

The Tightrope Walker

The Tightrope Walker 50×27.5”, 2015. Chinese xuan (rice) paper on silk, hand cut.

The Tightrope Walker, detail

The Tightrope Walker, detail

The Tightrope Walker, detail

The Tightrope Walker, detail

The Skateboarder

The Skateboarder 32×19”, 2015. Chinese xuan (rice) paper on silk, hand cut.

The Skateboarder, detail

The Skateboarder, detail

The Ribbon Dancer

The Ribbon Dancer 28.5×17.5”, 2015. Chinese xuan (rice) paper on silk, hand cut.

The Ribbon Dancer, detail

The Ribbon Dancer, detail

Eternity–The Rescuer

Eternity–The Rescuer 26×14.5”, 2015. Chinese xuan (rice) paper on silk, hand cut.

Ring–The Big Wave Surfer

Ring–The Big Wave Surfer 12×12”, 2015. Chinese xuan (rice) paper on silk, hand cut.

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