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Woojai Lee Transforms Recycled Paper into Brick-Like Furniture

Woojai Lee Transforms Recycled Paper into Brick-Like Furniture - PaperBricks

WooJai Lee is a Korean-New Zealander designer based in Eindhoven, Netherlands, who explores how to recycle paper in more sustainable ways. Paper, as we all know, is one of the easiest items to recycle. However each time it is recycled, the natural fibers get shredded making them smaller and weaker, until eventually the fibers are just too weak to work together. WooJai aims to extend its usability through his concept entitled PaperBricks, which explores how we could use recycled paper as a durable material strong enough for us to build furniture, or in construction of elements within the home. ‘Paper Bricks’ are made from recycled newspapers. Sturdy and stackable like real bricks they combine a pleasing marbled look with the warmth and soft tactility of paper or wood.

Top 20 Most Popular Posts of 2016

Top 20 Most Popular Posts of 2016

The year has finally come to a close and the new year is upon us... Goodbye 2016, not gonna miss ya! I will however say that I look forward to all of the new art projects and paper artists that will pour into 2017. So let's take a look back to the 20 most popular posts from 2016, which span categories such as handcrafted paper sculptures, colorful installations, intricate origami, whimsical set designs, animations with projection mapping and so much more! Happy New Year from Strictlypaper!

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.

New Hyperrealistic Topographic Landscapes Carved into Old Books by Guy Laramee

Guy Laramee Creates Hyperrealistic Topographic Landscapes Carved into Old Books - Arts de la Chine

We of course are all familiar with the absolutely stunning book sculptures that Guy Laramee has so meticulously carved in the past, here and here. These hyperrealistic, three dimensional landscapes are carved into disused knowledge, recycling discarded books and obsolete encyclopedias that are literally just waiting to be transformed into something wonderful. Laramee is able to do just that with his keen ability to refine each book, or layers of books, and capture the finer details of the valleys, towering mountains, and widespread deserts. His use of inks and pigments subtly amplifies those details, bringing each of these topographic landscapes to life.

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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.

Carved Encyclopedias Transformed Into Dada-Inspired Sculptures

Carved Encyclopedias Transformed Dada-Inspired Sculptures

Originally from Chicago and now living and working in Atlanta, Brian Dettmer, aka the book surgeon, is known for his detailed and innovative sculptures with books and other forms of antiquated media and this wonderful series is his latest in Dada-inspired carved works. These sculptures are made from old encyclopedias, a medium nearing extinction, with their pages of data carved into intricate photomontages reminiscent of Dada artists like Hannah Hoch.

Dome+: Lightweight Lamps Crafted from Paper and Cement

Dome +: A Lightweight Lamps Crafted from Paper and Cement by Rita Koralevis

Cool urban features and raw organic elements are brought together in the design of the Dome+ lamp through a play on textures and contrasting yet complementing materials. The lamps are designed by Paper Up! founder Rita Koralevics, an artist and designer who creates handmade paper objects using recycled materials. The Budapest-based designer has a passion for eco-friendly handcrafted products and modern design, and the Dome+ lamp exemplifies this perfectly. Shaped like a dome, the lamp is made from cement and paper, a combination that ensures it is both lightweight and tough. The heavily textured surface boasts a line pattern and is complemented by a smooth bamboo strap which can be used to tilt the concrete section to direct the light, making it a perfect fit to your own interior. A textile covered gray cord connects the concrete and wood elements, while metal bolts and nuts add an industrial accent to the design. Ultimately, Dome + is designed to add a creative accent to living spaces or commercial settings but it also offers a playful take on eco-friendly lighting. Photography by Ákos Sarkadi-Tóth.

Abstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard

Abstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard by Ryan Sarah Murphy

New York based artist Ryan Sarah Murphy creates abstract, sculptural collages using found and collected cardboard and book covers, which are then recycled and transformed into contemporary works of art. Though these abstract paper reliefs appear to be painted, however they are completely altered as is. Ryan Sarah's artistic practice generates from a wholly intuitive place, prompted by the materials that come and go freely within her day-to-day experience. As a compulsively overlooked throw-away, the artist is rather interested in the way the simple, abundant and inherently impermanent materials can be structured into quiet surfaces that convey both formation and dilapidation simultaneously. Her work is currently on display at the Odetta Gallery in London through December 18th, 2016, in a series entitled Bauhaus babies, alongside Richard Bottwin and Sylvia Schwartz. The exhibition, curated by artist Ellen Hackl Fagan, aims to focus on the special interest given to contemporary painting, glyphs, music, Color Field, Buddha Mind, Minimalism, playfulness and encyclopedic obsessiveness.

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Folding Paper EcoHelmet Wins James Dyson Design Award

Folding Paper EcoHelmet Wins James Dyson Design Award

When it comes to life-saving protective gear, “collapsible” doesn’t seem like a word you’d want to hear, but this folding bike helmet just won this year’s James Dyson Design Award for its unique design and unusual strength. In particular, the helmet has a unique expanding honeycomb configuration comprised of thick paper to protect the head from impact. The EcoHelmet designed by industrial designer Isis Shiffer makes it easy for a commuter to carry a bike helmet anywhere they go, particularly when traveling in urban centers and making use of rented bikes. Shiffer has created a low-cost helmet to address difficult and expensive need to buy or rent a helmet while traveling overseas, where bike rentals are common but helmets are a completely different story.

Artist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in Time

Artist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in Time

San Francisco based artist Alexis Arnold preserves old books into gorgeous crystallized sculptures frozen in time. This process involves an unlikely recipe using the laundry detergent, Twenty Mule Team Borax, to grow crystals on the various objects, but there are many household products that can be used to grow different types of crystals. These swirling, rolling, folded or crumpled books embody a solidified aesthetic, with text particularly surrounding themes of vineyards, beekeeping, and all around crafting.