Paper Art

January 19, 2021

Artist Spends 3 Months Planning and Folding Origami Samurai From a Single Sheet of Paper

Artist Juho Könkkölä creates paper figures with the art of origami. His creations don’t use any cutting—just folding—but still result in amazingly detailed creations. Könkkölä’s newest piece, and perhaps his most striking, is of a samurai. The warrior is seen brandishing a sword in hand, and the artist was even able to depict the essence of the traditional armor including the pointed kabuto (helmet) and the scaly haidate (thigh armor).

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October 30, 2020

Japanese Artist Cuts Black Paper Against Colored Lights to Look Like Gorgeous Landscapes

When people see Hiroki Saito‘s astounding artwork, they have to ask: is it a photograph or a painting? The answer is neither. In actuality, Saito practices a meticulous variation of the traditional Japanese art of Kiri-e or Kirigami (meaning cut picture). This age-old craft requires the artist to carefully cut pieces of washi paper—a delicate paper that derives from mulberry plant fibers—using a sharp blade.

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August 6, 2016

Artist Hand-Cuts Hypnotizing Spiraling Patterns Into Delicate Sheets of Paper

North Californian artist Tahiti Pehrson has been working with paper for over fifteen years, and the experience shows. Each one of his hand-cut geometrical structures reveals dexterous and delicate attention to detail, with layers of intricate geometries rendered like magnificent large-scale doilies. Pehrson's work is inspired by guilloche, a decorative technique of engraving complex spirals and motifs that dates back to ancient Greece and Rome.

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March 10, 2014

Illuminated Geometric Forest Features Dazzling Paper Trees

Combining nature and architecture, Vana is a dazzling forest of illuminated paper trees. This site-specific installation was designed by London architecture studio Orproject for the India Design Forum. It features four trunk-like structures dotted throughout the space and joined at their tops to form a continuous canopy that covers the ceiling. LED lights shine through gaps that divide the triangular segments and bathe you in an immersive glow.

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