Paper: An Elegy is a history of paper in all its forms and functions. Both a cultural study and a series of personal reflections on the meaning of paper, this book is a timely meditation on the very paper it is printed on.
This beautifully designed work, printed on high-gloss stock and beautifully packaged interweaves cultural facts, the author’s own insights, anecdotes and black-and-white illustrations from around the world, from the ruminations of French Intellectuals to the Japanese art of Origami.
Jeff Nishinaka is greatly known for his stunning paper sculptures. Living in sunny California LA, Jeff has 28 years of professional experience. He creates amazingly detailed 3D renderings for both the fine and commercial arts. Nishinaka attended UCLA and graduated from the prestigious Art Center College of Design, there he discovered paper sculpture art. Ever since, Jeff has worked with companies suck as Sprint, Visa, Matel, Coca Cola, Paramount Pictures, and many more. Having a high client profile like that you can bet that Nishinaka is the go to guy whenever you need a paper sculpture done.
“Paper to me is a living breathing thing that has a life of its own. I just try to redirect that energy into something that feels animated and alive” said Nishinaka.
Check out his personal website: jeffnishinaka.com
By weaving, creasing and tucking the surface of a paper sheet, austrian artist Aldo Tolino creates geometric mutations of human portraits. The distortions generate new facial representations, expressions, and personalities, translating the original picture into a manipulated deformity. Polygonic shapes that are formed on the closed plane transform noses, eyes, and mouths into abstract configurations, composing sculptural reinterpretations of the flat medium. The three-dimensional portrayals reconsider paper as a material by rendering it as a structural artwork.
3D Geometric (white-on-white) - This multifaceted geometric design is a free standing three dimensional piece. It is made of sixteen 20-sided icosahedrons, which perch precariously on just 2 triangle faces. Note how the shadows play off of the white to give the illusion of shades of gray.
Mandy Smith works with photographer Bruno Drummond to bring to life this series of slightly uncomfortable creations. In a twist on her regular choice material Mandy has used a kind of paper more familiar to builders and DIY enthusiasts - sandpaper.
Other innocuous everyday objects take on a new sense of menace in a series which balances a playful sense of humour with a slightly sinister undertone.
This legendary copy machine was launched in 1959 in Rochester, USA, by Haloid Company, known today as Xerox Corporation.
The Xerox 914 weighed nearly 650 pounds. It was the size of about two washing machines and was prone to spontaneous combustion.
The "mostlikely DIY lampshades" were founded 2012 by Maik Perfahl and Wolfgang List of the interdisciplinary design and architecture collective “mostlikely” based in Austria. The goal was to create complex objects at a low price that can be used as masks, posters, lampshades or something else.
They met BOICUT at a trade show in Vienna and he came up with the idea of a collaboration. BOICUT made exclusive color designs for 10 of mostlikely DIY lampshades models. Exclusively available at www.indiegogo.com
Paper cut sculpture: Nahoko Kojima cuts out life-sized swimming polar bear from washi paper.
INFO: Washi is a style of paper that was first made in Japan. Washi is generally tougher than ordinary paper made from wood pulp, and is used in many traditional arts. It was also used to make various everyday goods like clothes, household goods, and toys as well as vestments and ritual objects for Shinto priests and statues of Buddha.
Trunk-like compositions created by colombian artist Miler Lagos are made from layers upon layers of densely stacked newspaper clippings, uniting in formation of giant, fallen tree branches.
‘Fragments Of Time’ ironically reinterprets the source material; the paper used becomes the artistic materialization its origin, transposed from foundation to creative application. the lifeless pieces arranged on the gallery floor are made up of hundreds of thin sheets newsprint, tightly packed together, carved and sanded on the edges, and painted with a distressed wooden color effect, transforming them into hyper-realistic organic shapes.
The exposed cross section of each individual bark piece reveals printed matter — a fragment from a newspaper, chronicling various events and stories — alluding to the artwork’s namesake. segments of black and white feature photos and cut-off headlines impart only a fraction of what is trying to be told, beckoning viewers to interpret their original context.
The Paper Architect is a play combining paper-craft, animation, projection mapping and performance. It tells the story of an old model-maker who uses his paper creations as vessels for his imagination.
The show features tiny, accurately mapped animations playing across intricate paper sets: sunrises and sunsets come and go; flocks of birds pass by; leaves flutter from a tree… When the actor places a cut-out dancing woman on a detailed paper model, she comes alive; he adds a paper man and watches their romance unfold.
“Whatever you want to do, it’s possible in paper”
Atype project born to show the different ways to transform a simple flat letter in a 3D tactile model.
To get people interested in sports in Turkey, Nike got Didier Drogba, Birsel Vardalı, Burak Yılmaz, and other famous Turkish athletes to make a “human printing press”.
In this viral video, each athlete uses his or her abilities to power a printing press—cyclists power a machine which loads paper into a printer, while a skater rides on his board over each poster to print glow-in-the-dark text on it.
Charles Clary creates mesmerizing paper sculptures that will whisk you off to another world! Each one of his hand-cut paper formations is a blend of geometric shapes with suggestions of strange land formations, sound waves, or cell structures. He says, “I have created a viral like environment that creeps and grows across its surface. Upon viewing this world one might question whether or not we are voyeurs into this world or if this world is voyeuristically invading our own.”
Clary uses layers of paper, hand-cut into amorphous blobs, to create a variety of interesting, abstract shapes. His combination of bold colors, texture, and dimension form captivating visual arrangements that can take months to construct. A single installation can have as many as 4,000 individual cut sheets of paper, up to 30 panels, and over 14,000 spacers. The thin stacks of color spiral outward in exciting patterns that entice viewers to closely investigate each intriguing structure.
Conceived by Emmanuelle Moureaux for the Shinjuki Creators Festa 2013, ‘100 colors' - whose title indicates the number of hues the designer has integrated into the work - features more than 840 sheets of paper that are suspended from the ceiling, creating a volume of rainbow colors that float in the air. Emmanuelle has chosen the 100 colors from inventory of Takeo, a japanese paper manufacturer whose product line is available in thousands of types and textures, in an extensive range of hues. The vibrant installation encourages visitors to engage with it from various angles.
Bean bags are placed under neath the spectrum of color inviting one to sit down and look at it from a different perspective, while 100 round circles - each representing the colors used in the opus - placed on the wall summon the public to place a sticker around their favorite, transforming the rear of the space into a completely separate work of art, that also acts as a trend indicator of what guests prefer.
For an installation at the majestic, literary lion-guarded midtown branch of the New York Public Library, artist Kelli Anderson reimagined the covers of 40 classic books and built a literary cityscape behind glass. Her “Big Books Made Out of Paper” are 3-D collage renditions of the jackets of 40 fiction and non-fiction greats, like Mark Twain’s Advice to Little Girls, Ray Bradbury’s Zen and the Art of Writing, and the Maira Kalman-illustratedElements of Style. They hang suspended in a glass case above a miniature cut-paper skyline of New York City, illuminated by toy train lights.
"Big Books Made of Paper," a "Library of Interestingness," as Popova calls it, celebrates the beauty of the individual book jacket—the ultimately human and personal decision to select a particular book and spend some time with it. “It’s like a physical love letter to what I find so curious and wonderful about reading,” says Anderson.