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“Leafling” typography composed from plants growing on handmade paper by Julian Hagen

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A sprouted “W”

I love finding plants sprouting in strange places and in surprising forms. As the design experiment of Austrian graphic designer Julian Hagen, LEAFLING, initially consists of seeds embedded upon handmade paper in the shape of letters and symbols. Moisten the paper pad, and voila! The seeds germinate, forming letters from the alphabet!

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A life-size elephant folded from a single sheet of paper by Sipho Mabona

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Luzern, Switzerland based origami artist Sipho Mabona recently folded a life-size elephant with just one sheet of paper. The initial expanse of paper measured 50ft by 50ft (or 15 meters by 15 meters) and, at times, took up to 10 people to move and crease. Currently the 10 feet tall (or 3+ meters high) creature is on . . . → Read More: A life-size elephant folded from a single sheet of paper by Sipho Mabona

Paper wearables from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection by Bea Szenfeld

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Sweden based fashion designer Bea Szenfeld creates entire collections of clothing entirely from paper. In her latest series, entitled “Haute Papier,” she incorporates animals (constructed from paper, of course) as well as clusters of geometric and organic shapes into her designs. Szenfeld’s pieces are held together only by thread and glue. I’d avoid donning . . . → Read More: Paper wearables from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection by Bea Szenfeld

Border crossing as expressed by the book art of Monique Janssen-Belitz

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The Border Crossed Me – Migrants by Monique Janssen-Belitz | Inside view: watercolor, crayon, acrylic ink, raffia, 2010

The Border Crossed Me – closed; Watercolor, acrylic ink, crayons, Watson paper, raffia, 2010

New Mexico based artist Monique Janssen-Belitz explores the theme of border crossing and migrants. Inspired by the magnificent scenery of her . . . → Read More: Border crossing as expressed by the book art of Monique Janssen-Belitz

Silkscreen collages for the love of the polka dot by Tamar Cohen

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Fun with Spools, 2008, 38” x 58”

New York City based artist Tamar Cohen is possessed by the polka dot. I like the way she uses arrays of the circles to create energy in her pieces. Influenced by a wide range of artists including Kurt Schwitters and Roy Lichtenstein, Cohen layers vintage paper and silkscreening, forming complex compositions bursting with . . . → Read More: Silkscreen collages for the love of the polka dot by Tamar Cohen

Sculptures made from ribbons by Ribbonesia

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Creative collective Ribbonesia creates sculptures made entirely from ribbon. Woodland animals to insects, life-size masks to ornate wigs. All these forms are made by twisting, tying and folding satin and silk ribbon. See more of Robbonesia’s work on their website.

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Origami ball by Hvass & Hannibal

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Hvass & Hannibal is a multi-disciplinary art and design studio based in Copenhagen. One of their most striking pieces is this beautiful hanging origami ball, which was taken into a dark wintry forest to create the design for Turboweekend’s latest album. The 3D origami ball was made from 270 pieces of paper, and colorful . . . → Read More: Origami ball by Hvass & Hannibal

Collages by Mark Skay

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Collages and mixed-media work by Tel Aviv based artist Mark Skay.

Skay writes in his artist’s statement, “The most satisfying moment in making art is not the final idea, but the process it took to get there. I’m inspired by the world around me. Trying to express emotions and the state of mass human . . . → Read More: Collages by Mark Skay

Sculptural textiles by Ealish Wilson

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kimono – printed & smocked sailcloth with mizuhiki strings – 39″ x 39″

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Textile artist Ealish Wilson smocks and pleats textiles to form these three-dimensional pieces. To further push the surface design, Wilson frequently combines printed textiles and tied strings.

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Cut books by Alexander Korzer-Robinson

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United Kingdon based artist Alexander Korzer-Robinson excavates antique books. Going page by page, Korzer-Robinson removes some images while saving some others. In the finished work, the chosen images remain standing in their original position in the book. The result is a narrative scene which sits within the original book.

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