Hitting Rock Bottom by Thomas Wightman

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.

Artist: Behance / Website

Vertical Papercut Landscape by Eiko Ojala

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.

Artist: Behance / Website

Our Paper Heart by The Makerie Studio

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.

Artists: Behance / Website

Hondius Hexareuleaux Globe by Philip Chapman-Bell

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.

Artist: Flickr / Blog

Recycled Lifestyles by Rebecca Frantz

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.

Artist: Behance / Vimeo

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.


Artist: Behance / Website

Naked Paper Collages by Eiko Ojala

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.

Artist: Website (via: Reddit)

Be Yourself by David Elósegui

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.

Artist: Behance / Website / Facebook

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.


Artist: Website (via: Hi*Fructose)

Red Battle by Lo Siento

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.

Artists: Behance / Website