Interview with Vibrant Sculptural Paper Artist Michael Velliquette

Interview with Vibrant Sculptural Paper Artist Michael Velliquette

Our interview today features the works from talented paper artist Michael Velliquette, whose works are stunningly vibrate and super complex paper sculptures. Color, playing a very powerful role in Velliquette’s work, acts to convey an aesthetic of plentitude. His vocabulary is bright, dense, ornamental, and is punctuated with recurring motifs such as eyes, flowers, feathers, and mandalas.
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What a Mess! A Pop-Up Book of Misadventure

What a Mess! A Pop-Up Book of Misadventure by Keith Allen

With a love for pop-up books inspired by the everyday (mis)adventures of his children, Keith Allen, a Cleveland based Senior Product Designer and Paper Engineer, at the well known greeting card company American Greetings, has ventured into self-publishing to create this unique book about how hard it is for his children to clean their rooms. ‘What a Mess! A Pop-Up Misadventure,’ is a story that follows two siblings after their messy room becomes so out-of-control that it explodes from their doorway, sends them to the top of a toy mountain, spins them around in a dust-nado, and much more. Every page turn is a dazzling, well-constructed, complex paper pop-up that is sure to delight and amaze. He takes this mundane chore and has made it fun for them by turning it into a story of adventure.
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Otherworldly Folded and Cut Fractal Watercolor Portraits

Otherworldly Folded and Cut Fractal Watercolor Portraits by Timothy Hyunsoo Lee

Timothy Hyunsoo Lee is a Korean-American artist based in Brooklyn, whose inspiration is drawn from themes of psychological disorders, spirituality and religion. His sculptural installations mix several artistic techniques like realistic watercolor paintings, as well as the use of folding and cutting paper, similar to Christine Kim’s work. This set of otherworldly portraits, whether suspended in mid air or folded and lain upon the floor, give a displaced feeling of movement through alternate dimensions, grasping at different parts of reality.
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Classic Paper Toys from Pop Culture by Ryan Hall

Classic Paper Toys from Pop Culture by Ryan Hall

UK based freelance artist Ryan Hall has a love and influence from pop culture, science fiction and just plain old wacky. His work consists of 3D based paper toys sometimes in the form of a card or even just as a toy model. In this installment he has featured Fred Flintstone, Doctor Who, Star Wars and even Batman, playing into the classics we all know an love.
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Life Through Death, Collage and Assemblage Works by Jeremy Grant

Life Through Death, Collage and Assemblage Works by Jeremy Grant

Award-winning graphic designer Jeremy Grant is an emerging artist born in California, currently living and working in Denver, Colorado. Focusing on mixed media collage, with strips of paper and photographs, and the utilization of the assemblage of found objects, his body of works explore the themes of destruction & creation, death & resurrection, and chaos & familiarity. After breaking down his materials he brings them back together, pairing the items in unexpected ways and transforming these discarded, disconnected objects into assembled pieces of art, where he likes to think of this as creating new life out of destruction.
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Delicate Stitched Origami Patterns by Liz Sofield

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Australian based textile artist and designer Liz Sofield is a New Zealander whose passion is sparked by the very old and the new, from Tapa Cloths of the Pacific Islands and the beautiful art of origami and that is clearly shown in her delicate works. With the use of a simple medium such as thread and paper, Liz is able to develop her artwork as a tactile and contemplative process that expresses her love of patterns and geometry and it translates so beautifully once folded and transformed into these stunning works of art.
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Textured Biological Tapestries Depicted Over Cut Photographs by Nate Lewis

Textured Biological Tapestries Depicted Over Cut Photographs by Nate Lewis

A Pennsylvania native currently based out of Washington, DC, Nate Lewis, began his working career as a critical care registered nurse. After spending most of his time in a neuroscience-surgical intensive care unit over six years, he began pursuing visual arts around 2010. As a self taught artist, drawing inspiration from anatomy, physiology, disease processes and his nursing experience as a care taker of patients and their family members he creates stunning, intricate 2-3d sculptures out of single sheets of paper that visually combines the aesthetics of drawing, sculpture, etching, embroidery, and textiles.

In this series Nate explores his desire to become emotionally porous by seeking the impersonal experiences of patients and families to become personal and intimate. This resulted in distilling untested qualities of his character and further illuminating areas of his identity. By sculpting the photographs of his body with repetitive cellular cuts, he makes visible these unseen competing elements, creating textures and movement that mirror the internal transformations of the patients, the individuals who were emotionally invested in these patients, and himself.
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Goldmine Paper Craft Sculpture by INK Studio

Goldmine Paper Craft Sculpture by INK Studio

Check out this papercraft goldmine, literally and figuratively, as a tribute to 2016 from the people over at Ink Studio. They have built this cavernous paper sculpture filled with cubes of coal and gold pouring out of trolleys, smack dab in the middle of a series of tracks moving in and out of a sixteen. Below you can also see the process behind their papercraft magic!
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Colorful Poster Series Mimicking Cut Paper for Wellington City Council Summer Series

Colorful Poster Series Mimicking Cut Paper for Wellington City Council Summer Series

We have all been enamored by the incredible works of Eiko Ojala and how his digital illustration style mimics the look of layered cut paper like in his Naked series. He sure had me fooled! In these posters, Ojala has illustrated beautifully the goings on of various events for the Wellington City Council in New Zealand over the summer. Prepare to be blown away by the bold color combinations, people pouring out of everyday objects and the robust feeling of summer in each and every one.
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Bea Szenfeld Dresses the Royal Swedish Opera Company with ‘Haute Papier’

Bea Szenfeld Dresses the Royal Swedish Opera Company with ‘Haute Papier’

Polish-born, Stockholm-based fashion designer Bea Szenfeld has blown us away in the past with her collections such as Sur La Plage and her ‘Haute Papier’ on the runway in 2014. Now she has taken her origami-inspired fashion to the theatre in a collaboration with the Royal Swedish Opera, featuring a collection of dancers modeling her whimsical costumes.
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