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Marcelo Kato Creates Colorful Mediterranean Sea Inspired Cut Paper Illustrations

Marcelo Kato Creates Colorful Mediterranean Sea Inspired Cut Paper Illustrations - Golden Dragon

From the magnificent depths of his imagination, Brazilian paper artist Marcelo Kato handcrafts visually breathtaking layered paper illustrations that are so intricately detailed, you literally have to look just a bit closer... WOW! This fantasy world, Marcelost World, is a parallel universe he manifested years ago after a cruise through the Mediterranean Sea. From there, the style of his art was drastically influenced, where the sea creatures and patterned motifs in their vibrant colors are all clearly reminiscent of the Mediterranean. Each detail down to the bricks in the architecture of 'Golden Dragon' featured above, each lain side by side and meticulously placed, or the itty bitty scales on each fish layered ever so perfect down to their fun patterned outfits in 'Golden Coral' below is absolutely mind-boggling!

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Botanical Studies Through Colorful Cut Paper Illustrations

Botanical Studies Through Colorful Cut Paper Illustrations by Niege Borges

Hailing from the super cold and sometimes super hot south of Brazil, Brooklyn based graphic designer and illustrator Niege Borges has an online body of work comprised of colorful infographics. This same color splashed theme shows through in this stunning series that she started earlier this year. "I started this series," she tells Strictlypaper, "because I decided to combine my love for old botanical illustrations and my desire to make something that is not digital at all. I make a lot of work on my computer and I really like it, but for a while I felt like I needed to create something more tactile with paper, which I always liked to play with."

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Interview with Cut Paper Artist Eugenia Zoloto

Interview with Cut Paper Artist Eugenia Zoloto

I implore you to step into a magical world filled with personified characters, dreamlike states, and ornate nature inspired cut paper illustrations created by talented Ukrainian artist Eugenia Zoloto. Her works contain an enchanting beauty about them, allowing you to be lost in their ornate yet delicate landscapes, detailed layered reliefs and winding patterned vines and flowers. Amazing to see such incredible talent from an artist who has only just began only a few years ago, so please enjoy our interview with her!

Winnie Truong Creates Beautifully Grotesque Cut Paper Illustrations

Winnie Truong Creates Beautifully Grotesque Cut Paper Illustrations

Working exclusively with colored pencils, Toronto based illustrator Winnie Truong's body of work continues to explore the possibilities of large-scale drawing and the expressiveness of hair as subject in her art. 'Paper Cuts' is a new body of work by Winnie Truong that was created over the course of a two-month period of isolation at the Doris McCarthy Artist Residency at Fool’s Paradise. Truong collected and drew from her surrounding winter cottage and landscape, the silhouettes of branches, withered florae, and dry grass which she uses as layered and dimensional elements that organically emerge from her deserted nude figures. Her works are both beautiful and grotesque, familiar and discomforting; Truong's drawings question and subvert our heavily coded ideas of beauty and the status quo while inspiring the imagination.

Whimsical and Colorful Quilled Illustrations by Meloney Celliers

Whimsical Quilled Illustrations by Meloney Celliers

With the use of a pen, a wild imagination and some amazing quilling skills, English paper artist Meloney Celliers is able to bring these colorful illustrations to life! Now that winter is definitely fallen upon us, I'm looking to these cheerful and vibrant works to spark a bit of spring pep back into my step. Come on Spring! Celliers' ornate paper flowers, wether bursting from Wellies or the antlers of a deer are nothing short of inspiring. You can see more of her works by following her on Instagram or through her shop on Etsy.

Related: Second Nature: Quilled NYT “T” by Sherry Rodehaver Related: Unbelievable Anatomical Quilled Art by Lisa Nilsson Related: Tiny Rolled Paper Portraits by Anant Nanvare

Nendo’s Un-Printed Material Exhibition Pays Tribute to Paper Without Using It

Nendo's Un-Printed Material Exhibition Pays Tribute to Paper Without Using It

For Creation Gallery G8 — a gallery dedicated mostly to graphic design — Japanese design Studio Nendo is exhibiting ‘Un-Printed Material’, a show paying tribute to paper without using it. For a space that exhibits the work of people who use paper as a medium, this proposal follows Oki Sato’s idea of having a ‘poster exhibition without posters’. These abstract versions of paper reduce it to the minimal form of only an outline. What's unique about these pieces, is that they have been both 3D-printed and molded by hand to better achieve the life-like quality of paper itself.

Paper Illustrations for American Express Card Series by Owen Gildersleeve

Paper Illustrations for American Express Card Series by Owen Gildersleeve - Gold

It has been a great opportunity to be able to feature the incredible works of London based artist Owen Gildersleeve in the past through our interview, where we got an in depth look into what makes him tick as well as taste of how exactly talented he is. This series of card designs was created for American Express' Card Art series, where he was asked to reinterpret their Green, Gold and Platinum cards with the theme 'The Great Outdoors'.

Into the Water: Cut Paper Illustrations by Sonia Alins

Into the Water: Paper Cut Illustrations by Sonia Alins

Spanish artist Sonia Alins has created this wonderfully surreal paper cut illustration series entitled Into the Water (Dones d’Aigua) featuring several women with exaggerated proportions floating, and some even appear to be dancing, in the water. Sonia uses watercolored paper for the backdrop, where these figures are then drawn with ink, cut and placed on a semitransparent paper that serves as the top layer of water, sometimes also with the use of wool underneath for added texture and depth. They stay afloat in this aquatic environment, with only some parts shown above the water level. Her use of these mixed media elements really adds to the surrealism and poetry of the piece itself. This Dones d’aigua series showcases the dramatic intensity, and intimate experiences wrapped in a metaphorical, allegorical and surreal atmosphere.

Intricate Paper Cut Social Media Iconography Meshed With Religious Art by Carlo Fantin

Intricate Paper Cut Social Media Iconography Meshed With Religious Art by Carlo Fantin - Gabriel

Growing up in Italy alongside a devoutly Catholic mother, Carlo Fantin spent many Sunday mornings in The Basilica di San Marco in Venice, his local church. It is there that he first experienced art through the icons of various saints and the Virgin Mary displayed throughout the cathedral. His fascination with its iconographic style and with the relationship between religious worship and contemporary obsessions lead him to this particular style of intricate paper cut art reminiscent of stained glass. He realized that often these two worlds collide, and the result is a society that displays religious devotion for modern fixations.

In his work, he attempts to capture the similarity between Catholic worship and veneration of religious figures with obsession with social networking, shown through the repetitive Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook logos and markings sprinkled throughout, and the idolatry of internet popularity. In a way, theorizing that the internet has become our modern-day religion; social networks are our contemporary churches; and internet celebrities have becomes the saints and Virgin Mary of today.

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.