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Finely Cut Paper Art Looks Like Beautifully Inked Illustrations

Finely Cut Paper Art Looks Like Beautifully Inked Illustrations

San Francisco-based artist Kanako Abe creates hand-cut, intricate paper art, that at first glance look like pen drawings. She started working with paper in 2012 when learning the Japanese art of Ise-katagami—a traditional stencil technique used for complex designs on Kimono fabric. Abe uses the same Japanese Ise-katagami cutting tools but on black paper, in addition to an X-Acto knife, a cutting mat, and—most importantly—incredible patience. The resulting hand-cut creations depict woodland animals and mystical forests that explore “everyday moments and thoughts.”

New Portraits Made From Hundreds of Punched Paint Chips

New Portraits Made From Hundreds of Punched Paint Chips - Liz Claiborne

I will be attending the art fairs in Miami Beach this year and I'm super excited to share some of the talented artists that will be exhibiting there. One in particular that I have written about previously is Peter Combe, San Francisco based artist whose fascination with the subtle shifts of light, color and movement in his art, creates three dimensional portraits comprised of thousands of household paint swatches that have been punched or shredded. Drawing from a spectrum of 1,100 colors, he works tonally–each color of the single colors are placed based on tone rather than hue, providing an almost pointillist finish. Depending on the vantage point of the viewer, they subtly transform, an effect that is difficult to imagine whilst not being present before the work. So, for your viewing pleasure, his work will be on display for Art Miami at the Andrea Schwartz Gallery, originally based in San Francisco, from Nov 29th - Dec 4th and for Robert Fontaine Gallery, Booth 112 at CONTEXT Art Fair Nov 29 - Dec 4.

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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.

Ethereal Nature Inspired Paper Cut Illustrations by Kyong Ae Kim

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San Fransisco based Korean artist Kyong Ae Kim, intrigued by the symbiotic relationships of ecology and the fragile vulnerability of living creatures in their surroundings, has created these series "The Skulls" and "Wildwood", where her process involves recreating skulls and trees as paper cut illustrations, creating forest-like images which she hopes will illuminate our responsibility to protect nature and seek coexistence.

A 1:60-Scale Boeing 777 Made Entirely From Paper Manilla Folders

A 1:60-Scale Boeing 777 Made Entirely From Paper Manilla Folders

Inspired by an architecture class in high school where he was assigned to create simple paper models using cut paper manilla folders, San Francisco-based designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart embarked on a journey to construct a 1:60 scale reproduction of a Boeing 777 using techniques acquired through this class. This took place in 2008, when he was only a junior in high school.

Realistic Portraits Made From Paint Chips by Peter Combe

Realistic Portraits Made From Paint Chips

I encourage you to step back from your computer, tablet, ipad or phone to get the full effect of these pieces, oh and possibly do a double take while your at it. That is the first reaction one might have to San Francisco-based artist and photographer Peter Combe's art pieces. His three dimensional works are the recreation of a photographs using hundreds, if even thousands of collaged paint chips inserted into a surface.

Famille Summerbelle: San Francisco Paper Cut Map

Famille Summerbelle: San Francisco Paper Cut Map

Famille Summerbelle is a beautiful shop based out of both the UK and France by Simon Summerscales and Julie Marabelle. One of their latest out of the many beautiful creations found in their shop, is this detailed paper cut map from created from their recent trip to San Francisco.

New / Exploration / Paper by Nicole Aptekar

New / Exploration / Paper by Nicole Aptekar

Nicole Aptekar just recently had a series open at the Satellite66 gallery entitled "New / Exploration / Paper" in San Francisco's SOMA district. She put together a collection of layered works inspired by "The Ghostly Series" by Matthew Shilian where she took the same concept and applied it to a logo form of X and a circle all produced on bristol boards. The exhibition runs from August 12th - September 24th so if your in the San Francisco area be sure to check it out.