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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.

Patrick Cabral Explores The Animal Form Through Delicate Layered Papercuts

Patrick Cabral Explores The Animal Form Through Delicate Layered Papercuts - Lion

Patrick Cabral is a multi-disciplinary designer based in the Manila, Philippines, whose latest works are comprised of various animals created from multiple layers of paper. Each are delicately cut with unique patterns, accentuating the finer details such as the fur, to explore the natural characteristics of the animal form. This has been an ongoing series on his Instagram account where he states, "I want to provide a contrast of soft materials to a predator." He has since then added to his series with more endangered species like the lion featured above, and hopes to eventually show how fragile some species are and how close they are to extinction.

Incredible Vintage Scenes Fashioned in Painted Cardboard by Dosshaus

Incredible Vintage Works Fashioned in Painted Cardboard by Dosshaus - Sunday Lunch

Dosshaus is the artistic collaboration of Zoey Taylor and David Connelly, multidisciplinary artists whose work ranges across the board with painting, sculpture, installation and performance to photography, film, and video. Wow, say that five times fast! They have an ongoing series entitled House of Cardboard, where they showcase reclaimed cardboard that has been transformed into vintage styled pieces that are either worn or used in these quirky scenes. Each object down to the sewn garments, dining table of paper food, or freestanding camera are all hand painted in black and white and also blueish tones and affixed with glue, giving each piece an old fashioned feel, as if plucked from a vintage animation.

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!

Marcelo Kato Creates Colorful Mediterranean Sea Inspired Cut Paper Illustrations seen first on on Strictlypaper

Intricate Interlocked Geometric Cut Paper Sculptures Inspired by Science and Nature

Intricate Interlocked Geometric Cut Paper Sculptures Inspired by Science and Nature

Seeking inspiration from the beauty found in science and nature, Portland based paper artist Chrissie Hart creates astonishing sculptures comprised of several layers of paper, meticulously cut and interlocked to create these incredibly detailed and colorful works of art. Hart is a self-taught artist whose attention to detail is clearly prevalent through these designs. Her process begins by first drawing each design and then scans them into illustrator, where she then perfects each piece with what she claims to be an OCD refinement, carefully removing any unnecessary details and adding others where she deems necessary. She tells Strictlypaper, "I love the lines to be straight and mirrored perfectly. I usually prefer more lines interlacing, so if I see a different shape, I can exclude some of those lines and cut through them to create the look that I see as pleasing."

Intricate Interlocked Geometric Cut Paper Sculptures Inspired by Science and Nature seen first on on Strictlypaper

Over 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Tokyo Venue into Colorful Art Experience

Over 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Tokyo Venue into Colorful Art Experience by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Emmanuelle Moureaux has done it again with this visually stimulating scene featuring more than 25,000 colorful paper flowers slowly spiraling along their individual lines around a 6-meter atrium at the multi-purpose cultural center of Omotesando in Tokyo. We have been wowed by her work previously, and this in particular is part of her newest interactive installation, "Color Mixing," where the French-born, Tokyo-based architect has transformed this atrium through her vibrant works as part of NSK’s 100th anniversary exhibition, "Setting the Future in Motion."

In order to convey the technology of NSK simply and beautifully, Moureaux presents this enormous installation to show the movement of colors using bearings. As visitors move into the spiral atrium, they are immersed in Moureaux’s colorful paper world. This empty space has now become a secret garden where flowers pour down in hundreds of different colors.

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."

Botanical Studies Through Colorful Cut Paper Illustrations seen first on on Strictlypaper

Delightful Christmas Stamp Collection Handcrafted in Paper by Helen Musselwhite

Delightful Christmas Stamp Collection Handcrafted in Paper by Helen Musselwhite

Just in time for the holidays a delightful Christmas stamp collection handcrafted in paper by Helen Musslewhite! Helen Musselwhite is a renowned paper artist based in the North West of England, whose great eye for color and design shows through in her intricate, layered creations that are sometimes as mind boggling as they are aesthetically pleasing. A lot of her inspiration comes from the British countryside. "The beauty of it never ceases to amaze me," she states from her bio "and, happily, I’m well placed to observe it, living as I do just south of Manchester with one foot in the urban landscape and the other in the countryside. Walking my dog gives me the opportunity to see how my surroundings change from day to day – it’s an unending source of pleasure." This beautiful stamp collection is the official Royal Mail Christmas 2016 set all completely crafted from paper and then photographed. If you happen to be in the UK, these will be in circulation during Christmas and will be featuring a regal red breasted robin, a delicious figgy pudding, a brightly lit lantern, an adorable snowman, a socked to the brim stocking, and of course a well adorned Christmas tree. Happy Holidays everyone!

Thousands of Paper Strips Delicately Placed to Create Stunning Portraits

Thousands of Paper Strips Delicately Placed to Create Stunning Portraits by Nathalie Boutté - Plenty Buffalo

French artist Nathalie Boutté is self-taught collage artist who creates absolutely stunning portraits, seen previously, comprised of thousands of meticulously placed strips of Japanese paper. She cuts long narrow strips of translucent paper that she patiently assembles, one by one creating a feathered effect which constantly evolves. These strips of paper are sometimes burned, like in the collage featured above or covered in letters to form the striking details in the features of her subjects.

Upcycled Cardboard Strip Animal Sculptures

Laurence Valliéres Upcycled Cardboard Strip Animal Sculptures - Minnie Mouse

Montreal-based artist Laurence Vallières creates these animal sculptures using layered cardboard cutouts taken from found boxes. Her use of upcycling found materials into art incorporates more meaning, carefully incorporating the symbolism of various animal imagery so that they represent different political issues and social behavior. Vallières has created a series of sculptures and heads of well known figures such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy. These works are hung on walls or sometimes as freestanding statues. I had the pleasure of finally capturing her work in Miami at Context Art Fair and I have to say I was pretty wowed and had the urge to want to reach out and touch them. By utilizing cardboard, a material that she finds in abundance in the street, she can create large works on the spot in any part of the world she goes.