Arts and crafts have a way of reinventing themselves. Just like trends, the popularity of creative activities is cyclical. Take embroidery, for instance; it was just within the last five years or so that it has exploded in prevalence—thanks, in large part, to talented makers that inspire people on social media. Paper quilling has had a similar rise to prominence.
For centuries, cultures have come up with creative ways to artistically approach, adopt, and adapt the paper craft.
North Californian artist Tahiti Pehrson has been working with paper for over fifteen years, and the experience shows.
Raya Sader Bujana of Little Ray of Sunflower has a remarkable affinity for paper crafting. Known for her origami creations, Bujana has extended her skill set to include these incredible paper figurines modeled after Olympic athletes. Designed in collaboration with photographer Leo Garcia Mendez for a stock photo shoot to promote the upcoming Summer Games, Bujana's lifelike paper creations adopt recognizable poses from each of the Olympic sports that they represent.
Combining nature and architecture, Vana is a dazzling forest of illuminated paper trees.
Canadian artist Myriam Dion transforms everyday newspapers into gorgeously patterned hand-cut pages.
When looking at this artwork, at first you may only see the gorgeous lines and vibrant color of abstraction. But, upon further inspection, you'll find that these intricate swirls of color blend together to form detailed faces, shapes, and typography. And, most amazing of all, the entire piece is a three-dimensional construction, made out of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together onto the canvas.
England-based artist Alexander Korzer-Robinson creates fantastic and imaginative scenes all using paper.