Tyvek size varies 2012 (photo by Josh Kurz)
The work by Michigan-based artist Matthew Shlian never fails to inspire me. This series of images shows various expanding sculptures that Shlian creates using only paper. These three dimensional pieces explode into the air and then collapse back upon themselves, pleat by pleat, like a . . . → Read More: Folded expanding sculptures of paper pleats by Matthew Shlian
Artist Keri Muller gives books “another chance to tell a story.” Splaying them open into fan-like shapes, Muller mounts clusters of books together to form a chicken, a taxidermied animal head, even the continent of Africa!
Read and see more about Muller’s sources of inspirations on her blog Simple Intrigue.
. . . → Read More: Old books turned into wall art by Keri Muller
They follow us everywhere, yet are rarely seen. The soles of our shoes. Invisible yet indispensible. Salvaging worn leather footwear, artist Aya Haidar embroiders images of a ballerina, a soldier, a mother with a child. Traditional figures that have been passed down through generations in folk stories, fairy tales and fables.
From her . . . → Read More: Embroidery on the soles of old shoes by Aya Haidar
For artist Alice von Maltzahn the search for expression is the journey and the destination. Taking a sheet of paper, von Maltzahn cuts away hundreds to thousands of small well-defined areas. After cutting several sheets, the artist layers the sheets one upon another to form a 3-dimensional structure patterned with empty spaces and . . . → Read More: Highly-detailed paper-cuts and drawings by Alice von Maltzahn
Grief and longing. Iglika Krasimirova Georgieva evokes these emotions in her photographic installation called “Rooms.” Using wire and paper, Georgieva creates miniature replicas of antique furniture. After attaching them to a wallpapered backdrop, the Chicago based freelance architectural designer photographs the furniture with a light source casting dramatic shadows across the scene. The result is a series of moving . . . → Read More: Miniature wire sculptures of “the things we leave behind” by Iglika Krasimirova Georgieva
Flat Globe Cutting Book Series “Wall Coverings” Cuts on a book 10 x 14 inches 2006
Artist Noriko Ambe plumbs the depths of books. Using an x-acto knife, she carves out new terrains from open pages creating mountains and canyons of dizzying depths and heights.
Although Ambe is known for carving out geographies from . . . → Read More: Cutting book work by Noriko Ambe
“Pearl” polymer clay & gypsum | 12 x .11 x 8″ | 2013
detail of “Pearl”
Toronto-based artist Gosia just completed a new series of sculptures called Pearl, Luna and Eva. Based upon a live model, the three pieces were all cast from the same mold, their differences lying in the accessories which . . . → Read More: Neo-romantic sculptures of a young woman by Gosia
“Every book is a tragedy for trees. Read ebooks.”
The above quote was part of an advertising campaign for iReader which also produced these amazing paper sculptures. In these pieces, characters and scenes from a fairy tale spring from the pages of books. But it is not that simple. If you look closely, the . . . → Read More: Paper-crafted scenes from a fairy tale spring from the pages of a book
Monday night San Francisco lost one of its most admired sculptors, Ruth Asawa. Asawa’s signature works are her transparent wire mesh sculptures. If you go to the de Young Museum, you can view several of these pieces hanging from the lobby area of the Museum’s tower. Composed of entwined wire, they appear to float in . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Ruth Asawa (1926-2013)
Mi-Teintes watercolor paper, 11″ × 14″ × 12″ high (2012)
Some people are doubly blessed. Besides being a professor of Computer Science at MIT, Erik Demaine is also an accomplished paper folding artist. He and his father, Martin, are known for their “curved-crease” origami sculptures. Taking flat sheets of paper, the Demaines create thin accordian folds across . . . → Read More: Curved-crease origami by Erik and Martin Demaine