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Top 20 Amazing Examples of Paper Quilling

Top 20 Amazing Examples of Paper Quilling

There are many beautiful artworks made of paper that we have seen throughout this site and many others, whether monumental sculptures or unique carvings out of books. However, there is one technique I feel hasn't gotten as much love it deserves, the art of paper quilling. There are so many talented artists out there and I feel that it is absolutely necessary to share them with you all, even if this is just the beginning. The featured artists share a common goal in breaking the boundaries of traditional quilling, leaving the viewer mesmerized, with circling questions of "how did they do that?!" and "Wow, that's incredible!" I hope you enjoy this selection!

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Poetic Paper Cut-Outs Give Greek Tragedy New Wings [Video]

Poetic Paper Cut-Outs Give Greek Tragedy New Wings

Animated paper cutouts come together to form a visual representation of a poem influenced by the Greek mythological character Orpheus. In Transmission, illustrator and animator Afroditi Bitzouni interprets Chris Sakellaridis’s poem of the same name through a form of cut out collage animation. This experimental performance combines poetry, music, animation, dance and opera. There is a seamless fluidity through Bitzouni’s animation of fragmented landscapes and abstract humanoids from scraps of colored paper. The majority of the cut outs are grain layer construction paper while others look like they were taken from a magazine or book.

Technicolor Fragments Depict Human Figures in an Ambiguous State Between Construction and Deconstruction

Technicolor Fragements Depict Human Figures in an Ambiguous State Between Construction and Deconstruction by Derrick Adams February 24th - April 1st, 2017

Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist whose work destabilizes the cultural understanding of urban and identity politics through performance, collage, sculpture and installation. His practice focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring self image and forward projection. His ongoing collage series, "Deconstruction Worker," is motivated by architectural vocabulary. Influenced by the exploration of the urban dweller, Adams implements geometric constructions of human figures in an ambiguous state between construction and deconstruction. This series will be on display at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery through April 1st, 2017 in Chicago.

Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting Exhibition seen first on Strictlypaper

Intricately Detailed Hand-Cut Anatomical Organs Out Of Paper by Ali Harrison

Intricately Detailed Hand-Cut Anatomical Organs Out Of Paper by Ali Harrison - Heart Hand

Toronto based studio Light + Paper run by Ali Harrison, has a focus on incredibly detailed reimagined cut paper designs of human organs. Each piece is first hand drawn and then hand-cut on white paper by freehand. Once complete, they hold organic patterns true to their origin. Her pieces take anywhere from 20-60 hours to complete... WOW! You can purchase any of her incredibly detailed works through her shop on Light + Paper, where she offers original hand-cut art pieces, as well as laser cut reproductions in both paper and wood. For a limited time get our Female Reproductive System Tee with all proceeds going towards Planned Parenthood!

Vibrant Mythical Scenes in Cut Paper Collage by Morgana Wallace

Vibrant Mythical Scenes in Cut Paper Collage by Morgana Wallace

Morgana Wallace is an artist based in Victoria, Canada whose mixed media compositions are created through a fine treatment of collage. She takes several pieces of painted cut paper and layers them, making each scene truly unique and beautiful. Additionally, she applies gouache to many of her works for the finer details like the geometric symbols or the stars in the twinkling night sky. Each piece brings together references of various mythologies with fantastical and dream like elements, creating engaging and complex works of art.

Meticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark Wagner

Meticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark Wagner

Meticulously handcrafted using small pieces of U.S. one dollar bills, New York based artist Mark Wagner’s currency collages reconfigure the familiar green-and-black-printed paper into fantastical garden scenes, strange creatures and US politicians past and present. In addition to showcasing the uncanny precision for which Wagner is known, the collaged illustrations express poignant criticism of our addiction to money.

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Amy Genser Creates Gorgeous Underwater Reefs From Hundreds of Tiny Rolled Papers

Amy Genser Creates Gorgeous Underwater Reefs From Hundreds of Tiny Rolled Papers

Having a fondness for exploring her obsession with texture, pattern, and color, Connecticut based artist Amy Genser plays with paper and acrylic paints, bringing to life these beautiful organic forms through her process. Her nature inspired works transport you to the ocean, showing undulating motion along with beautiful hues of blues and greens. She uses paper as a pigment and constructs her three dimensional wall-based artworks by meticulously layering, cutting, and rolling hundreds of tiny colored of paper. These grouping then begin to emulate the beauty of coral reefs or an aerial landscape view of biological cellular processes.

‘Lethe’ Mixed Media Collages by Sylwia Kowalczyk

‘Lethe’ Mixed Media Collages by Sylwia Kowalczyk

Sylwia Kowalczyk is a Polish artist currently based in Edinburg, Scotland who has created a collection of collages and portraits from her own archival images entitled ‘Lethe’. Each print within these compositions has been carefully juxtaposed, revealing new and surreal forms touching on the theme of memories.

The Many Faces of Michael Jackson, a Tribute in Paper by Belinda Rodriguez

The Many Faces of Michael Jackson, a Tribute in Paper by Belinda Rodriguez - Billie Jean

I still can't believe that Michael Jackson, one of my all time favorite musicians and dancers no less, has left this world. I remember trying to learn all of his dance moves in my mirror back in the day or even watching Moonwalker over and over again to the point of knowing all of the words, classic! He will always be timeless to many people across the world and continue to inspire us within our hearts. There were many tributes since then, but of course it wouldn't be right not to do a small tribute to Michael Jackson on here as well, and of course in paper.

That brings me to the stunning work of Belinda Rodriguez, a freelance designer, illustrator, and paper artist, born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I particularly love her style and how she is able to capture the features of her subjects in her paper portraits using specifically cut pieces to accentuate the facial features like cheekbones or hair and then layering them to add depth and cast certain shadows. She has done a set of four paper relief portraits of Michael Jackson in very familiar outfits, like Michael in his papercraft glitter outfit and wearing the infamous sparkling glove for Billie Jean, or his outfit for the Super Bowl, adorned in metallic gold and matte black paper.

New Intricate Miniature Worlds in Cut Paper by Bovey Lee

New Intricate Miniature Worlds in Cut Paper by Bovey Lee - Flower Knot Windmill Glider
Flower Knot – The Windmill Glider

We have been memorized by the intricate hand-cut compositions from Los Angeles based paper artist Bovey Lee in the past, here and here. In the years that have past since we last wrote, her work has gradually become more and more intricate! Bovey has dived deeper into her craft, making the viewer look just a little bit closer at all of the immense details and believe me you will want to pay attention. This particular set of cut paper illustrations showcase varying themes, where the repetition of certain elements sprinkled throughout make for an exciting visual experience!