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Geometric Cut Paper Pattern Collages by Elise Wehle

Elise Wehle Geometric Cut Pattern Paper Collages - LIke a Fire is Burning

California native Elise Wehle studied art at Brigham Young University in Utah, but found her calling and understood the type of art she wanted to create after living in Spain for a year. Surrounded by the patterns that cover Andalucía, Wehle began using similar patterns within her own collages. Yet, it was the Alhambra, a Moorish palace covered in intricate, hand carved patterns, that influenced Wehle the most. These hand-cut paper designs are comprised of layers of an assemblage of mixed media, transforming the images into distressed and textured compositions. She states, "It's not surprising then that after I saw my first cut paper artwork, a beautiful piece by Donna Ruff, I knew I needed this process in my creative life. It represented that human presence, imperfect but dedicated, that I admired so much in others' work. I started experimenting with cutting paper soon afterward." The moodiness of each person is captured with each defining slice, as if windows to each subjects soul.

Artist Creates Massive Altered Book Sculptures Coated in Wax

Artist Creates Massive Altered Book Sculptures Coated in Wax by Jessica Drenk - Reading Our Remains Carving

Interested in archeology and paleontology, South Carolina based artist Jessica Drenk transforms mass-produced commercial products such as books, PVC piping, and toilet paper into organic forms that resonate with their material origins. Drenk cuts and carves book sculptures into old volumes and transforms them into fossil-like structures that she coats with wax, leaving some of them smooth to the touch. The play between form and material draws a parallel between the archival impulses of books and archaeology, and posits a common fate for all objects. “On a long enough time scale, there is no difference between manmade and nature; in the life cycle of objects, everything eventually returns to the earth,” Drenk has said. Tactile and textural, her sculptures highlight the chaos and beauty that can be found in simple organic materials. Drenk’s work is also influenced by systems of information and the impulse to develop an encyclopedic understanding of the world.

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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.

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.

Mythical Gouache Painted Paper Cut Creatures Framed in Vintage Pocket Watches by Nicole Grosjean

Mythical Gouache Painted Paper Cut Creatures Framed in Vintage Pocket Watches by Nicole Grosjean Lotus Dragon Watch

Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, with a deep passion for art and nature, Nicole Grosjean pursued her dreams driven by the artistic sensibilities instilled in her by her mother, a sign artist. Through this appreciation for her mother's craft, she discovered a newfound love for craftsmanship and painting that drove her into an artistic career. In this mythical series, featuring creatures such as dragons, a kirin and unicorn, her works consists of watercolor and gouache on cut paper, carefully layered inside vintage pocket watches. Nicole was kind enough to make a beautiful dragon (pictured above) specifically for this post, a dragon within a lotus flower.

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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.

Life Through Death, Collage and Assemblage Works by Jeremy Grant

Life Through Death, Collage and Assemblage Works by Jeremy Grant

Award-winning graphic designer Jeremy Grant is an emerging artist born in California, currently living and working in Denver, Colorado. Focusing on mixed media collage, with strips of paper and photographs, and the utilization of the assemblage of found objects, his body of works explore the themes of destruction & creation, death & resurrection, and chaos & familiarity. After breaking down his materials he brings them back together, pairing the items in unexpected ways and transforming these discarded, disconnected objects into assembled pieces of art, where he likes to think of this as creating new life out of destruction.

Delicate Stitched Origami Patterns by Liz Sofield


Australian based textile artist and designer Liz Sofield is a New Zealander whose passion is sparked by the very old and the new, from Tapa Cloths of the Pacific Islands and the beautiful art of origami and that is clearly shown in her delicate works. With the use of a simple medium such as thread and paper, Liz is able to develop her artwork as a tactile and contemplative process that expresses her love of patterns and geometry and it translates so beautifully once folded and transformed into these stunning works of art.

Interview with Weaving Paper Artist Julie VonDerVellen

Interview with Weaving Paper Artist Julie VonDerVellen

You may be familiar with the incredible woven paper shoes that Julie VonDerVellen created a while back. I'm excited to showcase a familiar feature this time around to give a more in depth look into her background and how she came to this very delicate paper craft. Within this interview are some of her latest works, a clock series, woven tapestries and of course the shoes from her earlier work. Through her art, she experiments with various techniques that require hours of problem solving to achieve the results that hold true to the nature of her unique storytelling.

Colorful Magazine Paper Collages by Mayuko Fujino

Colorful Magazine Paper Collages by Mayuko Fujino

In commemoration of Strictlypaper's 6th birthday today. I present to you one of the first few artists we featured on Strictlypaper, Mayuko Fujino, a talented self taught papercut artist from Japan currently based in New York City, specializing in mixed media collage. Her debut on SP, Arikui Abduction, showcased this colorful style of magazine paper collages and she has since been creating these vibrantly stylized works.