Beautifully crafted inspiring paper art

If I wasn’t already a fan of paper art, then I think Creative Bloq’s feature on the art form would have made me one. I can’t yet say which one is my favorite as there are so many wonderful examples even just in this article.

Yusuke Oono is a Japanese artist and designer  creating books that tell their stories in a multi-layered 3D scene, where each page is a separate laser cut plane, together making deep and gorgeous 3D images that reveal the story as you make your way from the front to the back of the book.

Japanese artist and designer Yusuke Oono's exquisite books with multi-layered 3D scenes

Japanese artist and designer Yusuke Oono’s exquisite books with multi-layered 3D scenes

See more of Yusuke Oono’s exquisite work:

http://www.loftwork.com/portfolios/oonoyusuke

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/01/visual-narratives-cut-into-360-paper-books-by-yusuke-oono/

http://twistedsifter.com/2014/01/books-fan-out-into-360-degree-stories-yusuke-oono/

http://hifructose.com/2014/01/15/books-that-unfold-into-cut-paper-art-by-yusuke-oono/

Yulia Brodskaya combines classic design principles to create beautiful and thought-provoking visual fusions.

Yulia Brodskaya combines classic design principles to create beautiful and thought-provoking visual fusions.

Perhaps one of the most well-known of the contemporary designers working with paper art, Yulia Brodskaya’s art “brings together all the things she likes most: typography, paper, and highly detailed hand-made craft objects”. See more http://www.artyulia.com/

Yulia Brodskaya's colourful creations are bursting with life

Yulia Brodskaya’s colourful creations are bursting with life

 

I really love paper engineer Helen Friel’s Revolution “pop-up book”: it follows the cyclical journey of a single water droplet, and unsurprisingly took almost a year to make and shoot in one continuous take. This is a collaborative film by photographer Chris Turner, animator Jess Deacon and paper engineer Helen Friel.

Pam Langdon shows there’s much more that can be done with a book besides reading it. The paper sculptures are created by meticulously folding pages of old books, transforming them into eye-catching pieces of art, inspired by marine environments and patterns within nature.

Pam Langdon's paper sculptures are created with meticulously folded pages of old books

Pam Langdon’s paper sculptures are created with meticulously folded pages of old books

Langdon says of her work:

“They are transformed from a discarded and unloved existence. Intricate folding and rolling of their pages forms spirals symbolising movement and energy and reflecting growth patterns in nature. Casting shadows of their previous lives, they are cut and bound and metamorphosed into precious specimens. The labyrinth of folds and curls entices the reader for closer inspection of their mysterious new life.”

https://www.flickr.com/people/pam_langdon/

Zim&Zou's colourful paper creations have been used to promote recycling in Paris

Zim&Zou’s colourful paper creations have been used to promote recycling in Paris

Continuing the re-use and recycle theme, Zim & Zou’s colourful paper creations have been used to promote recycling in Paris with design agency June21. The Zim & Zou website could keep me transfixed for hours… http://www.zimandzou.fr/

Moscow is recreated with paper art by Matthew Picton.

Moscow is recreated with paper art by Matthew Picton.

UK-based artist Matthew Picton caused Creative Bloq to have their “minds … a little blown” by his finely crafted paper map sculptures. His maps are based on past events, and depict various cities in the midst of historical events, including fires, war and disease. Picton also takes the project further, by constructing the sculptures with paper connected with each event.

Blow your mind a little more when you visit his website: http://matthewpicton.com/paper-sculptures/paper-sculpture-gallery/

Nahoko Kojima somehow crafts some “truly original and awe-inspiring” paper scultpures from a single sheet of paper. Mind-bendingly the large-scale works are each hand-cut from a single sheet, “exploring themes of human existence, animals and the forces of nature.” Visit http://www.solokojima.com

Peace (2014) Paper Cut, handmade by Nahoko Kojima One Single Sheet Black Gold Japanese Washi

Peace (2014) Paper Cut, handmade by Nahoko Kojima One Single Sheet Black Gold Japanese Washi

Illustrator Eiko Ojala draws everything by hand to create the landscapes, figures and portraits that look as if they’ve been cut from paper.

Illustrator Eiko Ojala draws everything by hand to create the landscapes, figures and portraits that look as if they’ve been cut from paper.

Illustrator Eiko Ojala created ‘Vertical Landscape’ was digitally but without the aid of 3D software. Everything is drawn by hand to create the landscapes, figures and portraits that look as if they’ve been cut from paper. Nominated for the Young Illustrator Award at Berlin’s Illustrative festival, Creative Bloq summed it up: “this is only the beginning of a flourishing career for Eiko.”

I could go on, but while I inspire myself in doing so personally, do check out the Creative Bloq article for yourself – there are another 25 artists showcased in this fabulous article by Meryem Meg and the Creative Bloq staff

http://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design/paper-art-1131666

 

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Where Are the People of Colour in Children’s Books?

Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?

“Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” Walter Dean Myers’ article in the New York Times makes an interesting point:

“Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin.”

His article is thoughtful, insightful, personal and touching. His article takes you on his personal journey through life, which is at times troubled and painful. Finding characters to identify with in literature (or indeed film, music, art…) is not often questioned in this way. How many classic children’s books are about white people? “Snow White”, “Alice in Wonderland”, the C.S. Lewis Narnia stories… It’s not a criticism, more an observation.

Myers cites Joe Morton, the actor who starred in “The Brother From Another Planet,” who said that “all but a few motion pictures being made about blacks are about blacks as victims. In them, we are always struggling to overcome either slavery or racism. Book publishing is little better. Black history is usually depicted as folklore about slavery, and then a fast-forward to the civil rights movement. Then I’m told that black children, and boys in particular, don’t read. Small wonder… There is work to be done.”

How timely given the current films in the cinemas… I hadn’t really heard of Walter Dean Myers until I read this article, but now I’m going to search out his books and his artwork that he also mentions. This is something for me to think about more deeply as a creative artist. I hope you might too.

Check out his article in the New York Times >

Read the Cooperative Children’s Book Center report >

Intriguing comics and sweet illustrations from Talya Modlin

Illustrations from Talya Modlin

Illustrations from Talya Modlin

Talya Modlin dabbles in both comic book-making and quirky illustration as highlighted in an It’s Nice That post by Liv Siddall. As an artist baffled by art school crticism (dare I say, snobbery) about illustration and design, it’s refreshing to find Modlin’s drawings which are fun, lively and full of personality.

Illustrations from Talya Modlin

Illustrations from Talya Modlin

http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/illustration-talya-modlin?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+itsnicethat%2FSlXC+%28It%27s+Nice+That%29

Artist: Redmer Hoekstra

Artist: Redmer Hoekstra

Redmer Hoekstra draws fascinating composite illustrations that merge animals and everyday objects or machines. His imagination ranges from an owl with books for wings to a lizard with computer keyboard scales; at times he even brings three or more forms together, as with a whale emerging from a submarine, the entirety of which has the appearance of a banana.

Artist: Redmer Hoekstra

Artist: Redmer Hoekstra

“Whether you regard the pieces as humorous or slightly disturbing, it’s hard to deny the ingenious way each creature is formed.” – thisiscolossal.com

Read more about Redmer Hoekstra http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/03/redmer-hoekstra/

Visit  Redmer Hoekstra’s website http://www.redmerhoekstra.nl/