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Shadow Spaces: Miniature Architecture Handcrafted From Paper Looks Like Real Buildings

Shadow Spaces: Miniature Architecture Handcrafted From Paper Looks Like Real Buildings

We are all familiar with the talents of London based artist Owen Gildersleeve, with a depth in handcrafted illustration, set design and art direction. In his personal project, Shadow Spaces, he collaborated with still life photographer Stephen Lenthall to craft a series of miniature architectural paper spaces, using "light as a map to shape each form". The aim was to study the relationship between space, form, light and its natural counterpart, shadow.

Miniature Urban Landscape by Joshua Smith

Miniature Urban Landscape by Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith is a miniature sculpture and stencil artist based in Adelaide, South Australia. His body of work consists of hyperrealistic urban architecture that primarily focus on the often overlooked aspects of the urban environment with features such as grime, rust, graffiti, discarded cigarettes, or wall posters perfectly recreated in 1:20 scale miniatures. Each piece, crated from MDF, Wood, cardboard, plastic card, chalk pastels, spraypaint, wire, plastruct.

Miniature Analogue Papercraft Synthesizers by Dan McPharlin

Miniature Analogue Papercraft Synthesizers by Dan McPharlin

Australian illustrator Dan McPharlin is known for his gorgeous sci-fi illustrations that can be found on international magazine covers, books, and record sleeves, depicting alien worlds in beautiful retro color schemes. He made a wonderful series titled "Analogue Miniatures" to pay tribute to early synthesizers and analogue recording equipment. Each miniature synthesizer is meticulously handcrafted from framing matboard, cardboard, paper, plastic sheeting, string and rubber bands. Rather than replicating the existing machines, the focus was more about creating a revisionist history where analogue technology continued to flourish uninterrupted.

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Paper Cities Enclosed in Glass by Ayumi Shibata

Paper Cities Enclosed in Glass by Ayumi Shibata January 19th - March 25th, 2017

Japanese artist Ayumi Shibata uses traditional methods of Japanese paper cutting to create miniature cities inside of glass vessels. Her chosen materials reference the delicate relationship humans have with our environment and natural forces of our world, while also relating to the Japanese translation of “paper.” In Japanese, the word for “paper” is “Kami,” which can also mean “god,” “divinity,” or “spirit.” Kami are omnipresent in the Shinto religion, and reside in the sky, ground, trees, and rocks.

Using this charged material, Shibata attempts to construct a sculptural dialogue about how we relate and respond to our natural world. Some of Shibata’s work is included in the three-person exhibition Passion Paper at Galerie Atalier Du Genie in Paris through March 25, 2017.

Artist Transforms Well-Known Products Into Origami Miniatures

Artist Creates Well-Known Products as Minimal Origami Miniatures - Adidas Shoes

One thing I love, origami! I mean, we have all seen what you can do with origami, from complex tessellations to the traditional paper crane. If you love origami too, then you will love these miniature origami sculptures by Origami Minimal, an artist based in Korea. Her collection of origami is a bit different however, they are unique miniature paper sculptures that have been carefully folded into branded items that we all know and love. For instance the classic pair of Adidas on a mini shoebox shown above, or a Polaroid camera after it has just taken a snap, and even a mini Vespa, and so much more!

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Artist Creates Miniaturized Watercolor Sculptures of Bangkok Out of Paper

Jung Senarak Creates Miniaturized Watercolor Sculptures of Bangkok Out of Paper

We have featured many beautiful cityscapes throughout the years, some being grand in scale, and some colorful, while others have been carved into books or even forming paper typography. Well let me introduce you to Jung Senarak, a talented illustrator based out of Bangkok, Thailand who has demonstrated his talents through this beautiful series of miniaturized hand-painted watercolor buildings showing old town Bangkok. He has taken great care to painstakingly add the subtlest details, from patched roofing and small posters, to the smallest type on each storefront. Truly astounding!

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Cybèle Young Creates Beautiful Miniature Worlds Out Of Fine Paper

Cybèle Young Creates Beautiful Minature Worlds Out Of Fine Paper

Cybèle Young is a renowned artist and author based in Toronto that creates miniature worlds made of fine Japanese paper. Working with diverse mediums, Young’s installations engage with abstract and familiar motifs and have a sculptural quality to them, where ordinary objects are given new dimensions and breath of life which makes them just as beautiful as they are delicate. A perfect example is the umbrella above transforming into a jellyfish, where both have a very similar range of motion. Young is able to juxtapose sculptures to create a sense of dialogue or play between them, making her pieces truly unique. Her artistic manifesto is to create ‘miniature theaters’, where viewers can immerse themselves into alternate, surreal worlds, all the while discovering the under-layers of everyday life. Young's intricate sculptural artworks are inspired by seemingly insignificant day-to-day experiences, where objects imply familiar human interactions and small observations become fantastic.

Realistic Paper Sculptures That Play With Scale by Mikako Azakami

Realistic Paper Sculptures That Play With Scale by Mikako Azakami - Jumbo Camera

Tokyo based artist Makiko Azakami began her paper making career while working as a 3D modeler for Sony Creative Products, where her interests led to the Sogetsu School of flower arrangement where she further studied under hat designer Akio Hirata. An impulsive urge to create a sculpture of Godzilla led to a more serious interest in the arts, culminating in her first exhibition in Tokyo in 1985. The works in the exhibition were displayed as photographs, and the “cute” reception that the diminutive subjects received bothered Azakami. Many years later, when visiting an exhibition of Australian sculptor Ron Mueck, Azakami was impressed by his approach to subjects and their scale. Taken by the character and charm created by the simple combination of scale and material, Azakami tried her hand at recreating an assortment of objects. Taking everyday objects, such as cameras, typewriters or even a calculator, and recreating them in a variety of scales by shrinking them down, making them into paper toys or blowing them up beyond their usual dimensions, each crafted out of paper.

Artist Creates Delicate and Ethereal Paper Fairy Lighthouses

Delicate and Ethereal Paper Fairy Lighthouses by Joanna Karaseva

Russian designer Joanna Karaseva designs these wonderfully charming miniaturized paper houses, lighthouses in particular, that feel as if they are plucked from the secret world of fairies. At first glance you may think that these houses are made using the Papier-mâché technique, however she uses a special, and secret, technique specific to this type of modeling. Each fairy house is carefully handcrafted with the use of only French Canson paper, PVA glue, LEDs, batteries and wires. The rigidity and strength of the paper architecture is achieved from a unique technology of combining ribs and textures. The act of bending and folding the curvature into the paper allows for deeper texturing and a relief effect. The individual elements, such as windows and lanterns are made of colored transparent tracing paper. Even finer details placed in the paper cobblestones and mosaic tiled footpath are absolutely breathtaking.

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Cardboard Dioramas of Laptops Depicting Human Relationships with Technology

Cardboard Dioramas of Laptops Depicting Human Relationships with Technology

Kevin LCK has shown focus on the almost absurd relationship developed between humans and technology, as demonstrated in the past. This particular set of dioramas focuses primarily on laptops, which are commonly in everyday use by most individuals. The crafting of these illustrative laptop dioramas as retail store interiors, amplifies the idea of online shopping being prevalent. Their appearance in general to be everyday electronic appliances and devices that can be found in our domestic environment, however, their interiors are modified into this miniaturized human scaled space, all crafted in cardboard. He sought to detach the audience from reality temporarily, and provide a space to rethink and reevaluate the way we behave and perceive the relationship between ourselves, objects and the environment of technology in a more conscious way.