Sandra’s process begins with beautifully evocative female portraits, which she then smothers with torn out comic books pages, the penetratingly deep gaze of her make-believe models forever bound and silenced by the iconic fantasy heroes meant to empower them.
Thomas’ most recent portrayal into the maelstrom of mental illness depicts a boat balancing precariously on the spire of OCD, its sails already ripped to tattered shreds as visualized through the damaging words and thoughts that blow wind into the disorder. Those sailing on the same rough waters know the feel of always teetering on the brink of an episode that could send the entire ship toppling over onto the jagged spikes below.
Emulating the majestic mountain landscapes of traditional Japanese paintings with a tiny, comforting house amidst the backdrop of a lordly, myst-shrouded goliath, achieved in Eiko’s minimalist papercut animation style. I want to go there. Don’t come looking for me.
Mischa’s handcrafted book entitled “Superflous”, dealing with excess and consumer culture, doubles up on the excess by also serving as a wearable collar, so you’ll never be caught unawares when an impromptu catwalk breaks out in the library (and come on, we’ve all been there).
As part of Splash Dubai’s 2013 calendar, Julie Wilkinson and Joyanne Horscroft who’s powers combined make up the Makerie Studio, created this ginormous faceted heart (along with lungs, a brain, and easy-to-swallow eyeball) from textured, reflective paper stock. The pixelated forms evoke a feeling of nostalgia baked into our internal bits, feeding the general malaise of bored glamour models made sickly from their own disinterest. Hey, if pumping my veins full of pixels as a child taught me anything, it’s that keeping a giant heart handy is perfect for powering up your life bar. No Continues necessary.
Based on the map by Dutch cartographer Jocudus Hondius the Elder and detailing the circumnavigation of Thomas Cavendish in 1586-88. All you folding enthusiasts out there can get some serious fold-on with this printable template over at right here so you can have this stylistically vintage globe circumnavigate your desktop.
Are we made of the trash we leave behind? Have the piles of refuse seeped into our very skin, contaminating our bodies, and changing the chemical composition? If you are what you eat, after all, why can’t you also be the sum total of waste you’ve created in life? Rebecca’s series of paper-covered sculptures explore an underworld of rubbish denizens, living amongst us and learning to deal with their recycled lives.
Fast Food vs. Water Consumption Infograph by Matteo Giuseppe Pani
Tasked with visualizing the connection between fast food production and water usage, Matteo handmade these hamburger and water cannister displays using different folding techniques handed down from the masters of papercraft. You can see the finish project below but the lesson I’m taking away from this is we could use conserve more water if we just ate paper-burgers because goddamn does that thing look nommy.
It’s amazing the extra dimensions you can conjure from a relatively flat surface, creating sloping, winding contours that interlace to form the delicate topography of a body. Eiko uses paper and just the right blend of negative space and minimalism to discover the very human touch hidden within.
The things we create can sometimes be a barrier we put between us and the harsh real world, a mask to hide and protect us. By allowing someone to come close and examine your creation, you may also be trying to distract them from looking behind the curtain. David’s Be Yourself recognizes that fact and urges the viewer to tear through the disguise. even if its at the cost of your art.
Lasercut Stained Glass Paper Windows by Eric Standley
Riddle me this, Batman: when is a window not a window? Stacking hundreds of colored papers, masterfully laser-cut and interlacing both positive and negative space to create designs that appear to float in midair, Eric’s labyrinthine designs seem to extract influence from the classic stained glass Cathedral windows prominent in medieval France.
Part of an exhibit at N2 Galleryn2 in Barcelona, Red Battle is an irregular, multi-sided geometric form that serves as homebase for a sprawling battle between figures and artillery cut out from its surface. The viewer has respawned somewhere in the middle of the battle, being able to view the carnage that has already literally unfolded.
Black and white is a stark contrast even when they refuse to be confined to the trappings of two dimensions, John Shlichta creates gorgeous cut-out renditions of dark landscapes and fairy tale-esque ponderings, utilizing negative space to fill in the details left behind from the paper he cut away.
Why Did the Cardboard Chicken Cross the Road? by Mark O’Brien
Created for the RSPCA to promote the launching of their Good Business Awards and spotted crossing roads in central London, though I saw Troy and I know that there’s an army of smaller, deadlier chickens hiding inside and to accept this thing as a gift means the chicken crossed the road to murder you in your sleep and burn your city to the ground. That’s how I interpreted it, at least.