You already know that I love paper cuttings, right? basically all my artwork at the moment is paper cuttings. So of course I went to this exhibition, the only problem was that I had an screaming baby so I had to do it very fast. And it was packed with people. But, the work exhibited was just stunning with some enormous pieces, you just can’t believe the size. I love that Matisse didn’t waste any moment of his life, as soon as he found he couldn’t paint anymore, he decided to go into painted paper cutting with the help of assistants, and that he was absolutely determined to keep making art. What an inspirational man! The colours, the nature, the patterns, beautifully curated, I could almost describe it as a little hug to the soul!
You can see a video of the exhibition made by Tate Modern.
It is on at the Tate Modern until September 7th
Gunjan Aylawadi is a paper artist from Sydney, Australia.
She loves paper like me, but the thing that i love most of her work is how she uses paper. She came across this amazing technique.
She curled pieces of paper and the she uses that to create patterns and gorgeous artwork.
It look like it is knitted or stitches but it doesn’t look like paper at all. Love it.
Samuel Jordan and Jonny Love love paper. They love it so much that they create these wonderful paper sculptures. We had a quick interview with Jonny Love about their work.
How would you describe your work
I use a varied body of material and concepts to create intricate and busy spaces. It is my fascination with the human desire to fill empty spaces and my own personal obsession with collecting insignificant visuals in every day magazines which influences and becomes part of my work. My work ranges from tiny Library’s in glass domes, vast city scapes in ink that roll on into the horizon seemingly forever, to collections of colour arranged across canvases.
Why Paper as a material?
Paper is packed with potential. Non more so than a clean, white, uncreased sheet. From this, you can change its colour, record your thoughts, share your dreams, express your love, print your memories, tell a story, share news…. I could go on and on, and this is even before I get to changing its shape. My fondness of paper started when my father taught me how to fold a piece into a crane which when pulled in a certain way, would flap its wings. It was an exciting and almost mysterious experience, perhaps even religious, something of which i feel only a magician could explain.
Paper is something of a huge pleasure now, the noise of scissors cutting into crisp white. Or pinching a fold between your nails to create a sharp edge. Or opening an expensive glossy magazine for the first time, revealing its vibrant inner soul. You see for me its more than just paper. Its love.
I love the archives, where did this idea come from?
I love books and have a vast collection. Currently i am acquiring books faster than i can read, even more so the busier i become. The Archives represents all the material I am yet to read. Using white paper perfectly represented my feelings of the unread books – I am yet to know what story/pictures/information they hold, so to me they are blank. It would be marvelous if by some Hocus Pocus when i do start reading them, the Archives with bloom into colour.
Do you have any show coming up where we can see all your artwork?
Wimbledon Open Studios Art Show, May 16th-19th 🙂
Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry love paper. They’ve created Paper Cut Project, which has been really successful. They are working for brands such as Hermes, Cartier, Vogue, Christies. What do they do? Paper Wigs. Beautiful, intricate and eye-catching, these two ladies have taken the use of paper to another level. I love that it works in both black or white paper. The masks of animals are also very beautiful.
They also participated in the Hollywood Costume exhibition that was on the V&A a couple of weeks ago in London. I think that the pieces are stunning and recommend having a look at their website.
What is the real thing? Where am I living? What do I perceive is the real?
This is just a piece of the artist’s statement.
Yunwoo Choi works with magazines, newspapers creating these ephemeral shapes that hang in the space of a gallery. This artist loves big scale pieces and you can walk them or get lost into this abstract shape. I find all the pieces fascinating and you can spend hours just looking at them.
Erika Iris Simmons represents music better than anyone else. Using film or cassettes tapes in a very innovative way, she represents the most recognisable icons in music industry, giving a real feeling of music or movies. I love how she plays with materials like music scores or papers. She has been chosen to design the 55th Annual Poster for the Grammy’s. Well done her.
Japanese Kumi Yamashita uses paper to make portraits using light and shadow. It is a simple idea but clever and delicate at the same time. The way that she uses colour paper is very special because at first glance all you see is a piece of coloured paper. She takes half and hour to complete one of these profiles. She says that she can do any profile… I can ask her if she can do mine!
She says about her work “I am drawn to temporary things. The appreciation for my own country grows. I love natural light, the shadow of trees on the ground.
I love looking at the orange glow from a farmhouse in the countryside. I love the light on the hills right before the sun sets at the end of summer.
I don’t usually start with ideas. I love visually beautiful things, things that are nice to look at. and, afterwards, I think about the meaning.’
I recently started to work with paper to make sculptures. It is a very noble material and I really like the results.
There are a lot of artists as well out there, very talented ones that use the same material for their sculptures.
Recently, Chronicle Books edited a really nice book called “Paper Cutting”.
Here are just a few examples:
This extraordinary American artist makes installations with just paper. It seems like waves that come out from the wall and are tying to climb into the space of the room. The feeling is extraordinary and the installations are visually impressive.
The intricate and delicate pieces of this Japanese artist are an example of a very patient person. The words are wonderful and are combined with lovely images in black paper.
My favourite, I love what she does. This Cuban artist creates this a surreal world of fantasies and women with strange heads, all in paper. The amount of work and intricate cutting is impressive. She inspires me.
Josh Ritter, an american singer and songwriter decided to do his new video using photos from over 12.000 pieces of cut paper to animate this beautiful song, “Love Is Making Its Way Back Home”
More than 20 artists, director, editor and production assistants made this happen.
After doing digital images, they convert them in paper cutouts. The process continues photographing those 12.000 pieces and the editing together into a stop motion video of 4 minutes.
The video premiered on Etsy, the online community of talented craftsmen.
Ritter and his team opened a shop there as well. The artists behind the video have created a limited run of screenprinted posters based on a selection of frames. Each poster will include one of the die-cut construction paper cut-outs, as well as an mp3 of “Love Is Making Its Way Back Home.”
I want to share with you this amazing artist that I discovered recently.
Her name is Yulia Brodskaya, she is russian and absolutely talented.
She has the most innovative way of using paper, making her stand out from the rest of the designer. At the moment she has amazing clients asking that want to use her work in adverts, posters, commercials.