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Laser-Cut Paper Coils Into Intricate Vessels That Contrast Human Touch and Technology

January 25, 2021

Grace Ebert

Human hands and machines converge in the meticulous process behind Ibbini Studio’s radial vessels. Collaborating since 2017, Abu Dhabi-based artist Julia Ibbini and computer scientist Stephane Noyer craft intricate sculptures informed by geometric principles and the divide between digital and analog techniques. The multi-faceted, sequential design culminates in Symbio Vessels, an exquisite series of works that wind from base to mouth in an algorithmically defined pattern. To create the coiled containers, the artists first draw organic structures that mimic botanics and various tessellations before turning them over to custom…

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Laser-Cut Paper Forms Tessellating Patterns in Ibbini Studio’s Ornate Sculptures

December 21, 2021

Anna Marks

Ibbini Studio (previously) creates intricate paper sculptures meticulously crafted to appear as though they have been made in nature. Artist Julia Ibbini and computer scientist Stephane Noyer, who are behind the Abu Dhabi-based studio, spent the last year working on a collection of geometric cylindrical pieces swirling with vine-like forms, mirrored geometric designs that resemble the repeating patterns in honeycomb, and sculptures that look like delicate shells. The duo began collaborating in 2017 and now creates pieces by hand and machine, using a painstaking process that combines analog…

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Paper Show: A Group Exhibition Highlights 14 Artists Exploring the Vast Potential of Paper

June 22, 2022

Grace Ebert

One of the most reliable communication materials for centuries, paper historically has served as a vessel, a container for notes or the foundation of an artwork. An upcoming group exhibition at Heron Arts, though, focuses on the humble medium itself and highlights 14 contemporary artists expanding its creative potential. Paper Show features an array of styles, structures, and techniques from the whimsical mobiles of Yuko Nishikawa and Roberto Benavidez’s piñatas to Julia Ibbini’s laser-cut motifs and typographic messages from Judith + Rolfe. Opening July 9,…

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Artist Talk at ‘Paper Show’ in San Francisco

July 19, 2022

Christopher Jobson

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 2, and join us for an artist talk at Heron Arts as part of Paper Show in San Francisco. Colossal managing editor Grace Ebert will moderate a talk with Andrea Bergen, Reina Takahashi, Tiffanie Turner, and Zai Divecha. Please join us for an evening filled with discussion on the humble yet complex medium of paper. No RSVP needed. See you then! The group exhibition Paper Show at Heron Arts runs through August 6, 2022, and includes work by Ale Rambar, Andrea Bergen, Christine Kim, Hari & Deepti, Huntz Liu, Judith + Rolfe, Julia Ibbini,…

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Decorative Laser Cut Paper Compositions with Hand-Painted Ink by Julia Ibbini

March 25, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

United Emirates-based artist Julia Ibbini sources elements from Islamic geometry, embroidery, meenakari enamel work, and even electronic music to inspire the designs that compose her laser cut paper works. The complex patterns and layers of her colorful compositions are a metaphor for the artist's multicultural background as a dual national from Jordan and the UK, and share elements of symbolism seen in the Middle East region. Ibbini uses computer algorithms to create digital designs  that she laser cuts onto paper. She then layers these detailed pieces and hand-paints them with ink in brilliant shades of pink, blue, yellow, and orange.…

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