Fave Finds: Paper Cutting

 

Fave Finds: Paper Cutting | Design Made Happy

Artist: Mia Pearlman | “Gyre”, 2008. 7′ H x 11′ W x 13′ D Paper, India ink, tacks, paper clips Islip Art Museum, Long Island, NY.

Fave Finds: Paper Cutting | Design Made Happy

Details of “Gyre”, 2008, by Mia Pearlman.

We have the Chinese to thank for conjuring up a material that’s really flexible in its plethora of uses. By going against the grain of merely using woven Papyrus leaves (as used by the early Egyptians), the Chinese invented paper around 100 A.D. Ever since then, paper continues to be a part of our everyday life.

The invention of paper was a revolutionary feat in itself, but what truly keeps it alive is how it’s being used. Styles and techniques may change in every turn of the century, but what’s always consistent is how creativity can always make the best out of what’s on hand.

More than just being something to write on, the use of paper evolved into a craft of artistic value. This is where paper cutting comes in. This practice started off in China, and has spread around the world, slowly taking on the trademark styles of various cultures.

In recent years, more artists around the world have been going for a contemporary take on this timeless material. Laura Heyenga, an editor at the San Francisco Museum of Art, compiled these works from different paper cutting artists into a book that’s brimming with creativity.

Scroll down to see the pages of the book! You’ll find works from many different artists, Mia Pearlman’s included. This may just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the infinite possibilities in paper cutting, but this crash course is worth having in your book collection.

Fave Finds: Paper Cutting | Design Made Happy

Artist: Laura Cooperman | Left: Unititled, 2007, paper and metal pins | Right: Untitled, 2009, paper and metal pins

Fave Finds: Paper Cutting | Design Made Happy

Artist: Patricia Zapata | Left: “Exuberant”, 2008. | Right: “A Watchful Eye”, 2009.

Fave Finds: Paper Cutting | Design Made Happy

Artist: Justine Smith “Specimen (II)” Popp, 2005, Chinese Yuan, wire, fly, and acrylic dome.

Fave Finds: Paper Cutting | Design Made Happy

Artist: Heather Moore | Left: “Waiting”, 2008. Screen print, edition of 30, made after cut-paper work. | Right: In-studio shot of “Summer”, three “Protea” cut-pouts, and “Specimens”, 2008.

Fave Finds: Paper Cutting | Design Made Happy

Artist: Matthew Sporzynski | Left: “Strawberries”, 2007. “Crocus on Windowsill”, 2005. | “Snowflakes”, 2005.

Fave Finds: Paper Cutting | Design Made Happy

Artist: Molly Jey | Left: “Deer in the Forest of White Birch”, 2008. | Right: “Lady Wolf”, 2008.

Fave Finds: Paper Cutting | Design Made Happy

Artist: Beatrice Coron | Left: “hells” details from “Heavens and Hells”, 2009, Tyvek. | Right: “Penland” or “Road to Heavens Above”, 2008, Tyvek.

Fave Finds: Paper Cutting | Design Made Happy

 

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“Paper Cutting: Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft”
Compiled by Laura Heyenga
Preface by Rob Ryan
Introduction by Natalie Avella

This book is on sale in Heima Brixton, located at unit 103 Brixton bldg. Brixton street brgy. Kapitolyo Pasig city #HeimaBrixton

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