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3D Paper Art By Maud Vantour 

French artist Maud Vantour creates hypnotic paper art by using multiple layers, vibrant colors, different cut and textures to create a professional design.  Vauntour has been featured by many editorial and iconic fashion brands, including Bulgari. She has also given a 3D paper treatment to traditional decorative subjects, such as florals, geometric designs and spirals. 

via Maud Vantour 

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Creating 3-D Characters From Paper and Scalpel with @fidelisundqvist

For more behind-the-scenes photos of Fideli’s paper art, follow @fidelisundqvist on Instagram.

“My favorite things to build are characters, like a parrot for example,” says image-maker and paper artist Fideli Sundqvist (@fidelisundqvist) of Uppsala, Sweden, who creates three-dimensional objects and environments for images and props.

During her degree studies, Fideli found a way to work with 3-D paper to build characters and environments like a puppet theater. “It made it possible for me to feel the characters, and to make images and tales more intuitive. It’s a playful way to work, and opens up various opportunities and ideas.” She likes to post the behind-the-scenes process of her art, which is used for everything from digital and print campaigns to city projects in Sweden.

To create a parrot, Fideli searches the Internet for images for a collage, then draws onto card stock before cutting using a scalpel, shaving small strips for the feathers, and mounting these onto the base using double-sided tape. Then she adds details like claws, eyes and wings. “I often build only half-models, so one side is always flat. This is time efficient and works well for shooting,” Fideli says.

“I want to wake the child inside us regularly, so we do not forget that they exist in us. I think life can be a little more exciting and fun that way,” she says. “I hope people feel inspired, and for a while can go into their own fantasy worlds.”

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Kudos to the Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic Unversity for their sweet Vine, showing off the rare book The Tunnel Calamity, by Edward Gorey.
What a rad way to show off the benefit and joy of a paper book while existing on the internet! High fives all around.

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Unfolding the Art of Origami with @wenlise_fold

To see more of Wenche Lise’s enchanting paper foldings, follow @wenlise_fold on Instagram.

“I started doing origami on a family holiday in France two years ago,” recalls Wenche Lise Fossland (@wenlise_fold) of Namsos, Norway, whose interest in paper folding was sparked by a beautiful origami lamp.

“It is fascinating that there is almost no limit to the shapes you can turn a flat paper into.” When the holiday was over, Wenche Lise couldn’t stop folding. “One fold took the other and I started searching for all kinds of designs,” she remembers. Finding inspiration in origami online tutorials, Wenche Lise adds her own touch to each piece by creating lively environments for the paper figures, usually with a humorous, unexpected twist. “I even look at the vegetables in the grocery store in a different way now,” she says. “A fennel can be an exotic island and the broccoli has great potential to be tree material in my origami world.”

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Today the Department of Outstanding Origami is exploring the beautiful work of Hoàng Tiến Quyết , an origami artist based in Hanoi, Vietnam who creates wonderful paper creatures using an origami technique known as wet-folding. As the name implies, wet-folding employs the use of water to dampen the paper, which makes it more easy to manipulate and adds a sculpting element to the paper-folding process, that would otherwise be completely geometric. To ensure that the paper doesn’t tear, wet-folders often use a thicker paper than is usually used for traditional origami.

To check out more of Hoàng Tiến Quyết ’s wonderful paper creations visit his Facebook page, Flickr account, or follow him right here on Tumblr at htquyet.

[via Design Taxi]

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Paperholm is a paper modeling project by Edinburgh-based artist Charles Young. Started only a few months ago, the collection already includes scores of tiny paper wonders. Ephemeral and intricate, some of his buildings, mills, engines, lighthouses, towers and carousels are even animated via 

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home - run with us !

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Images via Melissa Jay Craig

Book mushrooms! Mushroom books! This is an installation called (S)Edition, by artist Melissa Jay Craig, who opens her artist’s statement with a classic joke: “Why was the mushroom invited to the party? Because he was such a fun-gi!”

Some people have uneasy, squeamish thoughts when they look at fungus: it’s something surreptitious, uncontrollable; it lives hidden underground in familiar locales, ready to spring to life unexpectedly, and it often manifests itself as part of the demise of another organism.

Fungus is an agent of change. I’m fascinated with its myriad forms, and I love to go in search of it.  I can become more excited by discovering a beautiful fungal growth than by perusing artwork ‘discovered’ for us by curators in contemporary museums.  When I was a child, the first time I had the intriguing feeling that the planet carried messages (texts, if you will) for those who were curious enough to look, was when I came upon a group of Amanita Muscaria, huddled together in a dark, secret space under tall pines.

You can see more of (S)Edition at Craig’s website – h/t to thisiscolossal.com for introducing us!

– Petra

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Helen Musselwhite works with paper to create magical illustrated models and sets. Cutting by hand, she uses coloured and painted paper as she builds detailed and multi-layered scenes inspired by the natural world and its inhabitants. Her clients include brands such as Audi, McDonalds, Cadburys and Nokia as well as numerous publications.

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