PAPERWORKS BY ZIM AND ZOU

by Ariadna Zierold
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Zim&Zou are two french artists, based in Nancy. The duo is composed of Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann. They studied graphic design (design, publishing, advertising) during three years. The duo decided to focus on installations using handcrafted objects made out of tangible materials such as paper, wood, thread, etc. rolling away from computer design.
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Anchored in craftsmanship, they create all the elements composing their installations by hand, from drawing to cutting and assembling. Their favorite material is the paper they’re manipulating to give rise to intricate and colorful sculptures. Paper inspires them for its versatility, infinite range of colors and unique textures. The flat paper sheets turned into volume are giving an installation the poetry of ephemeral material.
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PAPER TAPESTRIES BY GUNJAN AYLAWADI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Gunjan Aylawadi is a self taught visual artist and a qualified computer science engineer and industrial designer. Born in New Delhi, India, she now lives and works in Sydney. Through her unique and intricate, paper tapestry technique, she explores the intersection between craft traditions, sensory pleasures she experienced growing up and the new culture she finds herself in now.

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Crafting thoughtful mosaics out of personal reflections, she creates works with simple materials and processes that are as important as the end result – illustrating the quiet power of slowing down and a thoughtful absorption of our environments.

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ISOMETRIC EPIC BY DAVID JIEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles-based artist David Jien’s epic narrative is about the chronicles of an allegorical future detailing a battle in which human and anthropomorphic beings continue the struggle against a race of balloon-headed creatures and cold-blooded reptilian overlords who seek world domination.

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Taking inspiration from the infinite possibilities of science fiction, the isometric perspective and narrative geography of Nintendo and Chinese scroll paintings, the eroticism of Japanese pillow books and the limitless transformations of graffiti, Jien has crafted these intensely detailed scenarios in colored pencil on paper.

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CURRENCY COLLAGES BY RODRIGO TORRES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Brazilian artist Rodrigo Torres creates intricate collages by combining bank notes collected from around the world. Torres’ delicate creations make full use of the rich colors that adorn different countries’ currency.

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To the artist, the mixing of currency from different countries as simple as mixing color palettes and textures, but the resulting art works can be read as a commentary on the mixing of cultures and economies, each united by the power of money.

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HOLOGRAM CEILING BY DYLAN JONES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland-based Dylan Jones aka Hologram Ceiling was born in New Hampshire. His technique is usually automatic drawing and animation. Usually, he has sort of a rough idea of what he’s going to shoot and then starts moving through whatever idea he is having as quickly as possible before he forgets. Some of his inspiration is Roland Topor, Tiger Tateishi and Andrzej Zulawski.
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Most of Jones’ tools are colored pencil, construction paper, pens and sharpies. He shoots his animations on Dragonframe and edits them on Premiere.

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INTRICATE PLEATINGS BY POLLY VERITY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Edinburgh-based sculptor Polly Verity interlocks domes, orbs, and other curved structures by strategically folding large sheets of paper and polypropylene. The result of these intricate manipulations is landscapes of patterns that seem to rise effortlessly from their 2D material. Her works tesselate from one shape to the other, repeating both hard-edged and curved shapes throughout the folded sculptures.

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PAPER PATTERNS BY MAUD VANTOURS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Maud Vantours was born in 1985 in France. Designer and artist, she lives and works in Paris. A graduate from the parisian school Duperré, Maud follows a Design training with a specialization in textiles and materials research.

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Color, material and patterns have an important place in her work, like paper, which became her favorite material. She sculpts it in 3D, layer after layer, by superimposing paper and colors to create patterns with volume. Maud’s work transcends a simple material and transforms it into a work of art. Her design creations are original graphics of multicolored and dreamlike landscapes.

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HAND-CUT PAPER SCULPTURES BY TIMOTHY HYUNSOO LEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in New York City, Timothy Hyunsoo Lee’s watercolor painted and hand-cut paper sculptures explore issues related to his Korean-American identity and personal struggle with panic and anxiety disorders.

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Timothy’s current practice expands on his earlier works, which used a fractal-like motif to translate the chaos of his anxiety into a network of landscapes and patterns. The “cell,” basic unit of his visual language, expressed a state of contained disorder – the colors of his watercolors mingling uninterrupted within the rigid boundaries he creates. The interaction of these cells, suspended within a thin network of whiteness, serves as a microcosm for the human – and the artist’s – experience of life.

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EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY EIKO OJALA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Estonian illustrator Eiko Ojala brings a fantastic sense of depth and texture into his editorial illustrations by using carefully arranged layers of cut paper and shadows. His process involves a mix of digital illustration, paper textures, and a mix of both real and artificial shadows. The works are all assembled digitally, but the artist often incorporates his own photos to achieve the desired effect.

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RAINBOW PAPER VORTEXES BY JEN STARK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jen Stark was born in Miami, Florida in 1983 and received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, majoring in fibers with a minor in animation. Her artwork mimics intricate patterns and colors found in nature while exploring ideas of replication and infinity. Although Stark is most recognized for her paper sculptures, she has explored a variety of media including wood, metal, paint, plexi and animation.

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Her work appears like psychedelic wormholes, pulsating and multi-colored portals that might throw you into another dimension entirely. Working outward from an equally prismatic core, the pieces radiate entire spectrums of color from layered paper, PVC, or foam board. These contrasting colors and repetition give the works a feeling of movement and cyclical regeneration and feel almost as if one is staring into a deep and hypnotizing cavern.

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Stark’s work concentrates on this hypnotic feel, both in its aesthetic and time-intensive process of layering hundreds of material components. Once composed, the works give the illusion of the infinite, as if their colors never truly end.

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