Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Paper Sculpture and Cut Paper Art

By chance, I came across artworks by Calvin Nicholls, who specializes on paper sculptures, or paper relief, to be more accurate.  His works often showcase whimsical animal and are definitely one-of-a-kind:

This reminded me some kind of art creation I enjoyed as a kid - paper cuts (剪纸).  When we were a kids, we often flip a finished sample over, underneath a piece of wax paper, colored front facing-down and used pencil to stencil the pattern thoroughly.  Afterwards, we used a razor or box-cutter to cut along the detailed edges and once it was then, flip the wax paper over, we got the colorful cut paper like these:








Of course, the patterns we had were mostly with revolutionary themes and even with slogans thrown in, like the one below was a quotation of Mao:


I am happy to learn that people continue to work on this media, with modernistic take, such as Joe Bagley and Daniel Mar:

032120_723174071 by Joe Bagley
Joe Bagley

images by Daniel Mar
Daniel Mar

Papa, maman, le monde et moi, 2009 - Daniel Mar
Daniel Mar

It was a fun folksy art and if you try it, you will like it. Just watch out for the blades.


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