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Eric Standley’s cut paper windows, which are colored and cut in similar ways to stained glass, capture what the infinite must look like. These windows are carefully crafted with the sinewy laser cut pieces of paper, which are intricately weaved and laid, layer after layer, into a frame, forming beautiful and mesmerizing works.
You can tell from Standley’s work that he had to be greatly influenced by the geometry of gothic and Islamic architecture. Instead of the massive weights of glass and stone to make stained glass murals in windows, Standley has taken laser cut paper to replicate these marvels.
How he does it, you ask? For starters, Standley will sometimes use over 100 layered sheets of paper, proving how time-consuming the process is. There are usually months of drawing, planning, and assembly involved. Drawing each layer individually in vectors, Eric then cuts each piece of paper with a high resolution CNC laser to create the stained glass paper. This allows for the cutting to happen with precise detail.
The drawing process is usually finished up on the computer with the use of vectors, allowing Eric to see his focal point and negative space clearer, therefore giving him insight on how it can be filled.
We have all used a small paper Dixie cup from time to drink for a quick drink, but what if you took a paper cup with style? Perhaps a teacup and saucer combination out of eggshell-thin pieces of century-old comic books paper is more your cup of tea! If so, you’re looking at the right creations!
Cecilia Levy has crafted just that—teacup and saucer combinations made out of old comic strips, such as Spiderman. Not only does she make teacups and saucers, but also bowls and plates, transforming two-dimensional materials into a nostalgic three-dimensional experience. Levy describes her process, saying that she starts with tearing out the pages and then re-forming them together in the shapes she chooses. As she puts it: “The story lives on, but in a different shape.” These fun kitchenware pieces are a great piece for a collection, or a fun gift for some old comic strip lovers or superhero fans.
Levy’s main comic strip series focuses on Spiderman for the most part, telling the story of the web-slinging hero through sips of tea and bites of a snack off of her upcycled kitchenware. Levy’s creations started out at papier-maché in 2009, which a new experimentation for her since she has a background in graphic design and book-binding. She was commissioned to make the Spiderman series for the children of the Uppsala preschool and library, which were fun, more layered, and more colorful than some of her other pieces. The captivation and interest of a comic book series is not lost through these new pieces of art, but rather draw in people for their new three-dimensional form and new unique way of telling a story.
Many of us may be familiar with the small, creatively folded paper creatures that form the essence of origami. Hoang Tien Quyet has taken origami to a whole new level, adding a water element to his figures to make the paper become more sculpted and life-like.
His technique of ‘wet’ origami has similarities to traditional origami, but is practiced in a much different, delicate manner. Traditional origami uses thin paper that is easy for folding, but wet origami must use a thicker paper that will not tear or shred once it is wet. The wetting of paper has a similar effect to creating a paper maché, but also gives more shape and fluidity to the origami figures. If the paper is too dry, it doesn’t shape as well, and if it is too wet, it will rip. It is a truly delicate process.
The result is beautiful, fluid looking creatures. The sculptures look almost malleable and soft; rather, they are hard and rigid from the paper maché effect. Quyet likes the ability to add personality into his work.
Quyet was infatuated with origami since childhood, joining an Origami group when he was young. He sharpened his skills in the wet fold origami from the techniques of Akira Yoshizawa, beginning to make his own shapes and styles in the 2008. He also co-authored a book in 2011 and 2013 on wet folded origami.