paper art

Paper art can be traced back to Japan, where it originated over a thousand years ago.

From complex paper cutting to book carving, this is an ever expanding area of design that is hardly talked about.

These intricate paper designs grace museums and exauhibitions throughout the world and is becoming yet another exciting medium of expression for many designers.

Some of the artists featured here use simple materials, such as A4 printing papeel, while others resort to unexpected materials, such as actual books, as their prime materials.

In this article, we’ll take a look at 13 remarkable artists and showcase their truly amazing pieces of paper art.

Peter Callesen

Jen Stark

Simon Schubert

Brian Dettmer: Book Sculptures

Sher Christopher

Elsa Mora

Yulia Brodskaya

Su Blackwell

Jolis Paons

Paper art is perhaps more than appealing than ever in today’s digital world. A humble piece of paper has so many possibilities – it can be folded, laser-cut, layered and made into sculptures.

Below are some of our favourite examples of paper art being used imaginatively within contemporary design, giving new life to one of the most ancient arts. If you’re looking to incorporate other ancient forms of artwork into your work, you can also check out our calligraphy fonts roundup.

Bovey Lee

Bert Simons

After being introduced to the idea of paper as a medium at art school, Calvin Nicholls‘ first paper sculpture was a collaboration with artist Jonathan Milne back in 1983, and he quickly felt the draw of working in paper. He uses heavy paper stock for structure and lighter paper for fur and fine detail, and he constantly refers to his drawings and study photos to ensure that the assembled pieces are true to the original plan. 

Ingrid Siliakus

In his illustrations and paper art, Juan Carlos Viñas Ballesteros (aka Jotaká) aims to create good vibes. One personal project sure to do just that is La Siesta – a series of paper illustrations all about hugs; their importance and the ideal time to receive them.

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