| October 5, 2011 5:05 pm

There is something wonderful about paper. It provides a way to capture and transmit thought, preserve knowledge, beautify a space, or entertain. But that’s not all, paper can also be used as a medium to create spectacular pieces of art and sculpture.

A couple of months ago, while attending a conference in San Francisco, I stumbled on the Paper Tree, an origami shop in Japan Town. Though I didn’t really intend to, I stayed for nearly an hour. I was inspired.

Though I don’t aspire to be an origami artist, it is hard not to appreciate the craft and care it requires. An origami master is simultaneously balances aesthetics, planning, and architecture.

But origami isn’t the only type of paper art. There are other techniques — paper case, papier-mache, paper collage, and cutting — which are beautiful in their own ways. In the months since visiting paper-tree, I’ve enjoyed looking at many examples of paper art and thought I might post a small gallery here.

Allen and Patty Eckman - Bear
Allen and Patty Eckman - Bison
Allen and Patty Eckman - Boar
Allen and Patty Eckman - Dancer
Allen and Patty Eckman - Plains Dancer
Allen and Patty Eckman - Life on the Prarie
Helen Musselwhite - Gypsy caravan
Helen Musselwhite - Autumn Rabbit
Helen Musselwhite - Autumn Wood
Helen Musselwhite - Daphne in the forest
Helen Musselwhite - The Green Wood
Helen Musselwhite - White Poppies
Helen Musselwhite - Wild Garden
Helen Musselwhite - Woodcutters Cottage
Jen Stark - Pixelated
Origami Artist Galen - Bison
Origami Artist Galen - Dragon
Origami Artist Galen - Samuraii Beatle
People Too - Computer Users
People Too - Cut Paper Art
People Too - Photo  Shoot
Peter Callesen - Hummingbird
Peter Callesen - Pagoda
Helen Musselwhite - Autumn Hedgerow
Junior Jacquet - At Ready
Junior Jacquet - Contemplative
Junior Jacquet - Masks
Junior Jacquet - Partners
Junior Jacquet - Starting Gate
Junior Jacquet - Thoughtful

Allen and Patty Eckman - Bear

Allen and Patty Eckman - Bison

Allen and Patty Eckman - Boar

Allen and Patty Eckman - Dancer

Allen and Patty Eckman - Plains Dancer

Allen and Patty Eckman - Life on the Prarie

Helen Musselwhite - Gypsy caravan

Helen Musselwhite - Autumn Rabbit

Helen Musselwhite - Autumn Wood

Helen Musselwhite - Daphne in the forest

Helen Musselwhite - The Green Wood

Helen Musselwhite - White Poppies

Helen Musselwhite - Wild Garden

Helen Musselwhite - Woodcutters Cottage

Jen Stark - Pixelated

Origami Artist Galen - Bison

Origami Artist Galen - Dragon

Origami Artist Galen - Samuraii Beatle

People Too - Computer Users

People Too - Cut Paper Art

People Too - Photo Shoot

Peter Callesen - Hummingbird

Peter Callesen - Pagoda

Helen Musselwhite - Autumn Hedgerow

Junior Jacquet - At Ready

Junior Jacquet - Contemplative

Junior Jacquet - Masks

Junior Jacquet - Partners

Junior Jacquet - Starting Gate

Junior Jacquet - Thoughtful

The artists on display are:

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