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 | 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:

 | January 21, 2011 9:34 pm

Most of the time, I don’t really consider myself a blogger. Nor do I think of this website as a blog. (This is mostly because I absolutely hate the term “web-blog.” It sounds like something you would give to a dog for constipation.)

I don’t post on a set schedule, I don’t cover a single topic, and I most emphatically do not believe in transparency. This website is here primarily to give me a place to run at the mouth.

With all that said, in the past few days I’ve run across a number of awesome things. And I’ve found myself lamenting (maybe for the first time ever) that I don’t have the time to be a do proper write-ups. Most of them deserve to be shared.  Thus, today I figured I would do a mind-dump of cool stuff.

What follows is a collection of awesomeness that has been culled from my readings and web-wanderings. There is no order, or logic. Hopefully you’ll find something beautiful and enjoyable.

Styrofoam Cup Art

The other day, Don’t Panic Magazine highlighted the work of Cheeming Boey, who transforms disposable garbage into beautiful art.  They’re beautiful, and awesome (even if drawing on styrofoam is kind of crazy).

Boey explains his madness like this:

You draw on styrofoam cups. But we throw those away! That’s crazy! Why do something so crazy?

I didn’t think it was crazy. People draw on napkins, receipts, wood. I was outside a coffee shop and had the urge to sketch while  people watched. I found a foam cup on top of a trash can, and it was all I had, so that was what I worked with.

It turned out nice, and I kept it. Then I made it a point to collect more, so I drew on more cups.

One day a co worker asked what I was going to do with all the cups I had around my workspace, and I said,” they’re nice, maybe I can sell them one day.” To which he said, “no one is going to buy that crap.” And here I am.

Here are a few examples of his cups. There are more on his Flickr page. If you like them, you can purchase one from Etsy.

Coffee Cup Art 1

Coffee Cup Art 2

Coffee Cup Art 3

Coffee Cup Art 4

Coffee Cup Art 5

Hvass & Hannibal

While browsing about on the website, The Fox is Black, I found a fabulous post about the work of Hvass & Hannibal. Hvass & Hannibal is a design duo based out of Denmark. They do really cool things with mixed media, origami, and color. Looking at a few of the pieces in their portfolio, I actually found myself wondering if there is anything they don’t do.

The pictures below show their facility with posters, paper, and paints.

Efterklang-Island

Hvass-Hannibal1

Hvass-Hannibal2

Magic-Hour

Book Cover Infographics

This last piece is also something I saw on the Fox is Black. It’s the cover for a book of illustrations called “We are the Friction,” created by Jez Burrows. I’m a little put off by the 2 horse deaths and wanton sex act (but apparently, there’s only one of them), but I really like the chaotic combination of type, stylized illustration, and … transparency. (It’s pretty clear what the book is about.)

We are the Friction

In a lot of ways, it feels positively Victorian, although modern. (And no, that’s not supposed to make any sense.)