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Bozka

Posted in art, craft, paper with tags , , on April 15, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Bozka (Polish artist Bozena Rydlewska) is a gifted botanical illustrator with a series of pop up nature scenes.

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Can you imagine opening a folded piece of paper and seeing THIS spring to life before your eyes? I’d like to keep one nearby for emergency doses of vibrant vegetation in barren winter months.
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Lotuses are my favorite flower, and she does an outstanding job with the petal detailing on this.
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Bonus marine life!
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See more, as well as gorgeous 2-D illustrations here.

Isobelle Ouzman

Posted in Books, craft, paper, sculpture with tags , , , on April 1, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Isobelle Ouzman’s altered books are spectacular three dimensional creations that breathe new life into discarded volumes. Light seems to shine from within them, and draw us down a path inside the pages.

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She states:
Every book that I alter was found by a dumpster in Seattle, a recycling bin, a thrift store, or was given to me by someone who no longer wants it. Rather than have these discarded books sit out in the rain or in some store to gather dust, I’m striving to make good use of them. I love books very much and would never carve into one that was valuable. I just want to give them a new life and a second chance to mean something again.

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As to how I make these – glue, an x-acto knife, Micron pens, watercolors and lots of love.
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Her illustrations are equally magnificent, so check those out too.
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Gabriel Schama

Posted in art, craft, paper with tags , , on March 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Gabriel Schama makes incredible large scale laser cut pieces (click photos to enlarge). The depth and texture are mesmerizing!

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Each layer is cut and mounted, one by one, allowing the shapes and forms to evolve in ways even the artist himself doesn’t plan (aside from the initial cutout shape). Isn’t it wonderful that they grow like organisms?
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It’s like geometric shapes that have melted and broken free from the confines of their own rigid lines!
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I love his three dimensional mandalas!
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See a time lapse video of some hand cut work:

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Maude White

Posted in craft, paper, sculpture with tags , , on January 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Today I bring you the expert paper carvings of Maude White, whose work ranks amongst the most delicate, intricate paper work I’ve seen. I’m flabbergasted by what she does with hair!

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Her artist statement is quite interesting:

I come from a family of visual storytellers. I have always believed that our vision is as important as our hearing when we communicate. Very rarely do we rely on words alone. It is what we see, and how our brains interpret what we see that shapes our perceptions and actions. I began cutting paper with that understanding. I want my art to communicate to the observer what my words cannot do effectively.

When I was a child I thought a great deal about hidden spaces. The intimacy, the hushed secrecy – I was always looking underneath objects, or through them. I have always believed that if you look hard enough, you will see something precious and new, or, perhaps, something incredibly ancient and sacred.

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When I cut paper, I feel as if I am peeling back the outer, superficial layer of our vision to reveal the secret space beneath. With paper cutting there are so many opportunities to create negative space that tells its own story. Letting the observer become present in the piece allows him or her to look through it. I like the idea of the stark contrast between the black and white paper, and the cut nature of the work makes my art more three-dimensional than paint on canvas.

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I have great respect for paper. When I cut, the thin membranous material reveals its strength to me. No matter how small my cuts the paper holds. There is a certain comfort in that, a comfort I enjoy. I feel that there are very few things in the world as reliable and constant as paper. Paper is everywhere and it has been telling stories for centuries. By respecting and honoring paper for what it is, and not considering it a stepping-stone to something greater, I feel like I am communicating some of the pleasure it brings to me. I am not creating for Art’s sake. I am creating for Paper’s sake, to make visible the stories that every piece of paper attempts to communicate to us.

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The shadow projections each piece creates are incredible:
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Yulia Brodskaya

Posted in art, craft, paper with tags , , on September 29, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Yulia Brodskaya has a mindblowing portfolio of expressive paper craft.

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She talks a bit about her perspective on quilling here.
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Yulia does indeed elevate this medium to create compelling portraits. I would love to see these in person to experience the 3D effects up close.
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Rogan Brown

Posted in craft, paper, sculpture with tags , , on July 15, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Rogan Brown has a beautiful series of intricately cut paper sculptures called Outbreak, celebrating the fractal patterns of the microscopic natural world.

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In his own words: I am inspired in part by the tradition of scientific drawing and model making, and particularly the work of artist-scientists such as Ernst Haeckel. But although my approach involves careful observation and detailed “scientific” preparatory drawings these are always superseded by the work of the imagination; everything has to be refracted through the prism of the imagination, estranged and in some way transformed.

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I want to communicate my fascination with the immense complexity and intricacy of natural forms and this is why the process behind my work is so important. Each sculpture is hugely time consuming and labour-intensive and this work is an essential element not only in the construction but also in the meaning of each piece. The finished artefact is really only the ghostly fossilized vestige of this slow, long process of realisation. I have chosen paper as a medium because it captures perfectly that mixture of delicacy and durability that for me characterizes the natural world.

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I always enjoy art that draws inspiration from nature, whether it is hyper-real, surreal or entirely fictional in a way that evokes recognition of natural structures. Rogan does a stunning job with this, doesn’t he?

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Eric Standley

Posted in craft, paper, sculpture with tags , , on March 11, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Eric Standley’s paper cut sculptures are breathtaking.

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From afar, these pieces look almost like stained glass windows. But upon closer inspection that are layered with intricate patterns of color and form, delicate and gorgeously intertwined.

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There is a grace to this work…a flow that makes design seem almost alive.

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