Japanese photographer Kouichi Chiba takes beautiful photos that remind us you don’t need expensive or even particularly uncommon supplies to create art that delights and touches people.
Koichi places sweet and playful paper characters in a variety of environments, some natural, some urban, to create charming photos that feel like tender glimpses of a fragile little world existing inside our own that are completely endearing. Whatever they’re doing, naping, undertaking daring adventures, or just walking their dogs, his paper people are enjoying their lives.
Rotating Miniature Worlds Cut from Layers of Paper by Nermin Er
Istanbul-based artist Nermin Er uses a scalpel to cut intricate works of paper art that depict miniature worlds silhouetted against warmly lit backgrounds. Layers of cityscapes, tree branches, deer, and more form the edges of her sculptural, circular compositions, surrounding central figures like animals and the moon. Some of Er’s pieces even rotate, transforming her work into gently spinning spheres bursting with life.
Today the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders is out exploring a tiny paper city called Paperholm, a handmade miniature metropolis that’s being constructed one building at a time by Edinburgh-based artist Charles Young. While studying architecture at the Edinburgh College of Art, where he receive bachelor and masters degree, Young tough himself how to build paper and card models.
The first Paperholm structure was erected back in August when Young challenged himself to build a new paper building every day. He says that his model-making hobby helps him sketch and develop ideas for design projects. As the project has progressed his paper structures have grown increasingly intricate, taking anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours to create.
"Over the last three months I really got to know the material that I’m working with a lot better," he tells us. "By trying to make different shapes with the paper you get to learn its limits in terms of how much it will bend and how finely you can cut it. The paper that I’ve been using is just ordinary watercolor paper but it has a good balance between its flexibility and its strength. The most important thing is simply to use a sharp blade to cut with, this allows you to get good straight edges and to pick out fine detail."
Many of Young’s latest creations can be animated for utterly charming gifs like the ones seen above.
For additionl images follow the growth of Charles Young’s enchanting paper city here on Tumblr at paperholm.
For nearly three years, a six-member team of developers called State of Play has been toiling away in a London studio making a new video game. While there are probably thousands of such teams around the world coding away into the night, the members of this team are a bit different. Among them are an architect, a photographer, and a model maker, all needed to help physically construct the game’s environment. Titled Lumino City, the entire video game was first handmade entirely out of paper, card, miniature lights and motors.
While many games appropriate paper textures or have some kind of paper aesthetic, State of Play took things one step further and built the sets for each puzzle, photographed or filmed them, and then set everything in motion with code. The result is a breathtakingly beautiful puzzle game starring an intrepid girl who tries to solve the mystery of her missing grandfather.
"I made the effort to capture the mood of the set using texture and shadows and by reproducing the set decoration as faithfully as possible. I used a slightly purple tint to give it that 1960s CRT nostalgia feel."
Ronay’s handmade model comes with paper standees of Gomez, Morticia, Lurch, and Cousin Itt and features a host of amazing details that made the Addam’s house so unforgettable, such as:
- You can see the shadow of Kitty Kat, the family lion, coming down the stairs. - A portrait of Gomez’s business partner is hanging on the wall. - Pierre the moose is hanging on the wall over the fireplace. - Thing is popping out of a box on the harpsichord. - Morticia’s peacock chair. - Cousin Farouk is hanging on the wall. - A copy of TV Guide with the Addams Family on the cover.
In addition to this one-of-a-kind piece, Ronay also created a downloadable DIY version that includes all the instructions and print files necessary to make your own scale model of the Addams’ Living Room, Stairs, Piano and character standees. All you’ll need is some paper, scissors, a printer, ruler, glue and a flesh-eating plant or two.
For their series Star, People Too, Russian designers Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich created miniature paper versions of famous musicians using tools like tweezers and knives and a combination of construction and specialty papers — and they come complete with tiny instruments and painfully detailed sets! The series includes mini versions of The Beatles, Bob Marley, Elton John, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson.