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Richard Sweeney

"Icosahedron II"

Paper & Adhesive


Modular Forms in Paper

Paper Sculptures

"Explorations in paper folding and constructed form."

"Any form imaginable can be rendered through drawing, but when modelling in paper, an object has to be physically shaped. When faced with a flat sheet of material, there is no obvious indication of how it can be manipulated into a three dimensional object. The limitations of paper as a form making material offer a challenge, which through playful investigation results in tangible models."

"Physical models provide a better indication of proportion and construction than drawings alone, bringing material to the forefront of the form making process. Hands on manipulation provides perhaps the best insight into the properties of a material, allowing its behaviors to be discovered and exploited for the generation of form."

"The image collage above demonstrates the development of form through the making of paper models. Combining repetitive geometry, curved lines, and modularity, it was found that paper could be folded into a vast number of shapes and structures by slightly varying the folding template. Initially the layouts were drawn by hand, but by translating these to Autocad, the working process became much more streamlined- the physical models informing changes to the layout drawing and vice versa.

The process was purely experimental, and no pre-determined outcome was specified. It soon became apparent that paper was valid as a sculptural medium in its own right, which could be used to create pieces with aesthetic rather than utilitarian value. On the other hand, many of the forms generated lend themselves to further development in a functional context, in more durable sheet materials such as metal and plastic. By embracing a spirit of experimentation, elements of art, craft and design become merged, and so the need to seek a divide between these activities is diminished.”


Medusa Mask that I created for Kambriel for the Masquerade Ball here in Portland a couple of years ago. She also has a tumblr site here. The most beautiful costumes you will see. I also did one for her husband (but I will post that one later).


Paper Sculptures by Matt Shlian
Something I particularly like about Matt is his approach to the creative process:

I’d say my starting point is curiosity; I have to make the work in order to understand it.  If I can completely visualize my final result I have no reason to make it- I need to be surprised.”


Incredible Pop-Up Photos of Minorities in China

Chinese photographer Collette Fu has created 3-D images of people, costumes, and landscapes that define minority life in the Yunnan Province of China. Fu described how she became inspired to use the medium: “My dad always wanted me to be an engineer. Now, ironically, I’m a paper engineer.” The following images are from Fu’s most recent series, entitled We Are Tiger Dragon People 我們是虎, and represent a creative, beautiful glimpse into China’s stunning human diversity. For a look at all of Fu’s work, please visit her website. (via The Atlantic)

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The forgotten people of China

 Many people are unaware of the “other” people indigenous to China. There’s 56 recognised ethnic groups in China. Mandarin speaking Han people make up the largest ethnic group in China. However there are still people of other ethnic groups with their own customs, cultures, languages and dress. Each culture is unique in it’s own way, some completely breaking out of the stereotype of Chinese culture.