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Incredibly Ornate Paper Bird Sculptures

So beautiful!


Using rare and fine paper from around the world, Julie Wilkinson and Joyanne Horscroft of The Makerie create incredibly intricate 3D paper sculptures, the likes we’ve never seen. The London-based creatives say that they’re inspired by “forgotten worlds, rare prints and the beauty of details” which becomes abundantly clear once you look through their portfolio.

In particular, their bird sculptures are like nothing we’ve ever seen. Whether it’s a life-size reproductions of an owl from antique world atlases or a gorgeous peacock with beautifully layered feathers, we can only sit back and awe and appreciate the time, patience and passion it must have took to create each stunning piece.

See more @ The Makerie Studio website

Found on MyModernMET

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Luxurious Jewelry Made of Paper

What is the value of a beautifully crafted gem? What is its worth if it’s made of paper? Paper sculptor Kirsten Hassenfeld explores the fantasy-driven world of opulent extravagance through her handcrafted paper jewelry. Using translucent white paper, the artist forms intricately designed polygons that resemble brilliantly cut gemstones. As for how she goes about constructing the pieces, Hassenfeld admits that the art is a repetitious and labor-intensive craft. Much of the work involves repeatedly cutting, folding, gluing and incorporating the quilling technique.

Hasenfeld began working with paper in 1999 and has produced several serial installations over the last decade that address the subject of luxury. Wealth and monetary success is often defined by a bounty of jewels and other expensive crystals. As such, Hassenfeld touches on her own pipe dreams of such prosperity through ordinary materials.

See more @ kirstenhassenfeld.com

Via mymodernmet.com

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Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess

I thought these were interesting sculptures…coral-like -with a woody texture, and then was impressed when I found that they were made of paper! (Now we know what to try when we’re bored at home and have a bunch of junk mail lying around…)

Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess sculpture paper

Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess sculpture paper

Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess sculpture paper

Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess sculpture paper

Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess sculpture paper

Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess sculpture paper

Paper Sculptures by Valérie Buess sculpture paper

Paper Artist Valerie Buess

Paper Sculpture

Valerie Buess

Paper Sculpture Valerie Buess

I’m genuinely enjoying these assorted organic paper sculptures by Swiss artist Valérie Buess who lives and works in Germany. For the better part of 20 years she’s been working with various forms of paper in both two and three dimensional artworks. See much more on her website. (thnx, meret!)

Discovered @ ThisIsColossal.com

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Beautiful Collages Made of Currency

Close up, the paper appears to be hewn roughly; but at a distance, the final product is striking.

Article found @ www.designboom.com

all images © senseteam

resembling traditional embroidered patchworks, the ‘big business 3’ book and poster series by chinese creative agency senseteam cuts apart and recomposes the currencies of countries from around the world in an examination of dentity and cultural desires that links together wealth, branding, and human expressions and ethnicities.

currency symbolizes the value of a nation and its position in the world,‘ explain the designers. the ‘big business 3’ portraits ‘reflect the subtle relationships and influences across money, desire, society, nations, and human beings.

the designs escape overly simplified, fetishistic readings– like the idea that consumerist society reduces an individual only to his financial worth– in the way that they combine diverse currencies into a layered, multi-toned image that from a short distance resemble sewn patchworks more than they do paper collages. in this way the series says as much about the international flow of money, and the human, cultural foundation behind a given currency, as it does about the place of the individual in contemporary economies.

the work has been awarded a gold award in communication design by the hong kong design centre at the design for asia award 2011.


detail view


detail view


the making-of of the portraits


some of the money prior to cutting and collaging



the ‘big business 3’ book for which the collages were created reports on the year’s best design campaign from the top 500 brands worldwide

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Carved Book Landscapes

I’ve seen many a carved book, and all of them impressive – both because of the time and effort that goes into it, but also because of my own inablity to harm a book. (I can’t highlight in a book without feeling horrible about what I’ve done., it’d be like slicing into my arm or gluing my hair together.)

Guy Laramee takes book carving in a different direction from what I’ve normally seen in this art form – take a look below:

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books (click images for detail)

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee sculpture paper books

For the better part of three decades multidisciplinary artist Guy Laramee has worked as a stage writer, director, composer, a fabricator of musical instruments, a singer, sculptor, painter and writer. Among his sculptural works are two incredible series of carved book landscapes and structures entitled Biblios and The Great Wall, where the dense pages of old books are excavated to reveal serene mountains, plateaus, and ancient structures. Of these works he says:

So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.

Laramee’s next show will be in April of 2012 at the Galerie d’Art d’Outremont in Montreal. (via kastormag)

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