After looking at a lot of singular artists who are commissioned for commercial pieces, it was interesting to find an art and design consulting firm that specialized in paper art. Solo Kojima is a Japanese firm that works with paper art to brand, design, create products, and more. Artist Nahoko Kojima is the artist behind all of the paper cuts, and the work is absolutely gorgeous. To see the firm and Kojima’s work, go here.
Image Source: http://www.solokojima.com/paper-cut-art/
The things people make really are incredible sometimes. When I first saw a picture of the gear-like paper cube thing, I thought it looked cool, but I didn’t really think too much of it- until I saw the video. Click on the picture and it’ll take you to the video. I can’t read anything on the website, but you don’t need to in order to be amazed. The gears actually turn and rotate each other. It’s a lot of fun to go through this site and see all the paper sculptures. All I know is the mastermind behind the “Paper Engineering” is Haruki Nakamura, but other than that, I can’t really read anything on the site. Enjoy it all here.
Image Source: http://www.geocities.jp/kamikara1967/gearscube.htm
Okay, if you started reading a blog about paper arts, I’m sure the first kind of paper art you thought of was origami (or it was at least in the top five things you thought of). But what about… Iron Man origami? Or the catbus from My Neighbor Totoro? Yeah, they exist. Brian Chan, former MIT student, creates crazy impressive figures and objects out of single pieces of paper without any cuts. Looking at all of his work makes me really happy because somebody made them possible, but it also makes me pretty sad that I didn’t devote the proper amount of hours to geometry- that mathematical thing that lets him create these amazing pieces. See more of Chan’s work here.
Image Source: http://web.mit.edu/chosetec/www/origami/ironman/
The first time I came across Peter Callesen’s work I couldn’t stop looking at it. His work is insane- the level of detail on such large scales, the craftsmanship, and the awesome concepts… they really leave a lot of paper artists in the dust. His work definitely embodies the level of thinking and doing that I aspire to achieve. He does everything from small-scale papercuts to full, room-sized installations. I really can’t get over how awesome he is, and apparently the internet can’t either (if you search anything to do with paper artists, I guarantee his name will pop up somewhere). See that eye candy here.
Image Source: http://www.petercallesen.com/paper/large-scale-papercuts/
When paper arts are featured commercially I get really excited, because I feel like I’m not wasting my time looking at so many different forms of it. Seriously though, it’s nice to see paper art as more than art, and being used as a practical tool and in collaboration with brands. These settings, created by Helen Friel, were featured in Vanity Fair magazine to help showcase jewelry. They are whimsical, elegant, and really just a lot of fun to look at and take in. A lot of Friel’s work is put to commercial use, and it’s fun to see so many different pieces coming out of one artist. See more of her work here.
Image Source: http://www.helenfriel.com/Vanity-Fair
Bird Mafia is a business created by paper artist Emily Brown. Her work involves paper cuttings, shadow boxes of paper cuttings, and screen prints of her paper cuttings. I love her work because of the repetitive patterns and lines she uses to add textures. Her images are simple shapes composed of tiny intricacies. Her work reminds me of Nikki McClure in some ways (both artists are based in the Pacific Northwest). I also enjoy Brown’s work because of her subject matter- she draws inspiration from the nature and wildlife in the Pacific Northwest, which I absolutely adore. See more of her cuts here.
Image Source: https://www.etsy.com/listing/94298408/great-grizzly-bear-papercut-plush-black?ref=shop_home_active_2
As a kid I always loved the illustrations in my Grimm’s Fairy Tales books, and these paper cuttings by Elsa Mora look like those illustrations in color and come to life. Her work explores many different styles, from cute, flat characters to organic, 3-dimensional shapes. While some of her cuts are meant to create forms, other cuts are simple slits in the paper that create textures. She also creates paper rings, and their beauty is in their size: the level of detail and the cleanliness of the cuts while being so tiny really shows off her craftsmanship. See more of these fun cuts here.
Image Source: http://www.artisaway.com/art/papercutting/the-mystery-box/