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Words Can Fly: A 3D Typographic Poster in Support of Fukushima, Japan

Words Can Fly: A 3D Typographic Poster in Support of Fukushima, Japan typography paper origami Japan birds

Words Can Fly: A 3D Typographic Poster in Support of Fukushima, Japan typography paper origami Japan birds

Words Can Fly: A 3D Typographic Poster in Support of Fukushima, Japan typography paper origami Japan birds

Words Can Fly: A 3D Typographic Poster in Support of Fukushima, Japan typography paper origami Japan birds

Words Can Fly: A 3D Typographic Poster in Support of Fukushima, Japan typography paper origami Japan birds

This beautiful typographic poster made of folded paper was designed and constructed by Montreal-based designers Kyosuke Nishida, Brian Li and Dominic Liu for the Words Can Fly A Thousand Miles Project. The piece shows a number of origami cranes bursting through the surface of carefully crafted type. Via their website:

This design was inspired by the Japanese traditional custom, Senbazuri, which means a group of a thousand origami cranes. It is customary to fold these cranes to wish someone luck. We wanted to pay tribute to this custom through the process of constructing the paper sculpture.

The words on the poster were inspired by the instant encouragement and consoling words that Japanese people were able to receive just after the tsunami and earthquakes hit Japan, through social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter.

The project is currently accepting financial donations and handwritten notes in an attempt to console and encourage people in Fukushima. You can read more and see some making of photos over on My Modern Met.

Nishida and Li were featured earlier this year on Colossal for their typographic Still Life Comes Alive installation.

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Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture recycling paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture recycling paper books
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Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture recycling paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture recycling paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture recycling paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture recycling paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture recycling paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture recycling paper books

For the better part of three decades multidisciplinary artist Guy Laramee has worked as a stage writer, director, composer, a fabricator of musical instruments, a singer, sculptor, painter and writer. Among his sculptural works are two incredible series of carved book landscapes and structures entitled Biblios and The Great Wall, where the dense pages of old books are excavated to reveal serene mountains, plateaus, and ancient structures. Of these works he says:

So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.

Laramee’s next show will be in April of 2012 at the Galerie d’Art d’Outremont in Montreal. (via kastormag)

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Proteigon: A Geometric Stop Motion Short

Proteigon: A Geometric Stop Motion Short video art stop motion paper geometric animation

Proteigon: A Geometric Stop Motion Short video art stop motion paper geometric animation

Proteigon: A Geometric Stop Motion Short video art stop motion paper geometric animation

Animator Steven Briand made this wonderful stop motion animation over a period of two months while working as an intern at Partizan. I love the minimalist style that really focuses your attention on the smallest gestures and paper effects. Gorgeous work. (via vimeo)

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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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