Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, doesn’t seem like it could help stop bullets. But mechanical engineers at Brigham Young University have developed a new ballistic shield design for law enforcement officers that incorporates origami-inspired structures—and can stop bullets from a .44 Magnum, one of the most powerful handguns!
January 26 – March 2, 2017
Paper artist Matthew Shlian is well known for having a knack for paper engineering, producing precisely folded geometric works that are composed of mesmerizing tessellations. As stated in our interview with him, “I now work with scientists using paper engineering as a way to understand the flexible nature of micro-structures. A symbiotic relationship has developed between my collaboration with researchers and my artistic practice.”
Shlian’s solo exhibition TELEMETRY, which explores the intersection between science and art has been on display for the past month at Florida Gulf Coast University and runs through March 2, 2017. You can see more of his intricately folded work on his Instagram and Facebook.
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.
Posted in collage, exhibition, illustration, strictlypaper
Tagged chicago, collage, colorful, geometrical forms, new york, paper artist, paper cut, paper sculpture
Charles Clary, Meticulous Excavations Movement #3 (detail), 2017, Hand-cut paper and acrylic on panel, Dimensions variable, Courtesy the artist.
February 25, 2017 – May 21, 2017
I have the pleasure of sharing with you a new exhibition that opened only two days ago entitled Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting which will be on view at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire.
This exhibition showcases the works of contemporary artists who reconsider, redefine and even subvert the centuries-old practice of paper cutting. In the tradition of the craft, the art to be featured in the exhibition is impressive as well as intricate, but its subject matter has been updated for the 21st century. Addressing deeper personal or social themes, the works will touch upon complex reference points including the various cultural, economic and environmental associations imbued in the humble medium of paper.
Posted in exhibition, installation, sculpture, strictlypaper
Tagged 3d, charles clary, currency, hand cut, lisa nilsson, mark wagner, paper artist, paper cut, paper sculpture, quilling, usa
It’s been a little while since we have had an interview grace Strictlypaper, and I am more than thrilled to share our interview and the incredible works of none other than Bristol based paper artist Sam Pierpoint. Her paper sculptures are astounding! The amount of detail that is carefully placed into each is truly unique. Sam also has an incredible range spanning advertising campaigns, magazine covers, editorials, installations, set design, product packaging and window displays. We have already had the opportunity to see some of this range through her Christmas campaign for Bristol. All in all her works are well thought out visual masterpieces, so I implore you to enjoy this look into Sam Pierpoint.
Posted in advertising, architecture, installation, interview, pop up, sculpture, strictlypaper
Tagged 3d, installation, paper artist, paper sculpture, pop up, sam pierpoint, set design
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!
Crystal Wagner is an American paper artist whose work plays with ideas of the two and three dimensional. The techniques used in her large paper installations incorporate a use of materials that make each viewer question their understanding of texture and space. They each appear natural and otherworldly and are often found crawling across walls and floors like an alien liquid, each color bursting in their unique formations that have been bent and molded, cut into strips, or meticulously layered like feathers. She is currently in a solo exhibition entitled “Bioforms and Blooms” at the Stolen Space Gallery in London, which will be on display through February 26th, so be sure to check it out.
Hamburg-based ceramic artist Angelina Erhorn of Moij Design creates incredible ceramic dishware that mimics the forms created by folded and unfolded origami paper. Her minimal designs include plates, espresso cups, and vases all covered with delicate creases and the occasional stained geometric elements. You can see more of her work on Instagram and some of her pieces are available on Etsy.
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.
Posted in illustration, strictlypaper
Tagged animals, canada, colorful, illustration, layering, mixed media, morgana wallace, paper artist, toronto, victoria, watercolor
Kazakhstan-based artist Boris Klimov is well known for creating personified taxidermy animal characters as we have seen in the past with good ole’ Chefpanzee. His latest cardboard sculpture was inspired by a trip to the Almaty Mountains where their main predator is the snow leopard. He decided to do a mesh of a biker and the leopard together to produce Bar Biker! You can see the foot pedals and handles jutting out in a criss-cross fashion almost making him look like a ninja or a skull and crossbones, either way… it’s a snow leopard with attitude!