Ann Wood and Dean Lucker are the duo behind Woodlucker, a studio that creates interactive mechanical sculptures and botanical paper creations. I’ve been on a paper flower kick for a while now, so that’s what I was instantly drawn to when looking at their beautiful Instagram. Each petal, wing, and stem is crafted with care, and this attention to detail is evident in every facet of the work, including the tiny brush strokes that adorn paper’s surface.
If you’re local to Minneapolis, you can visit the Woodlucker studio and see these gorgeous pieces in person. They open their work space to the public at least a couple of times a year. Find out more here. Otherwise, admire them from afar, just like me! (H/T Perrin)
People love their pets, so naturally, they have artworks made in their honor. Russian-based illustrators Alexey Lyapunov and Lena Erlich— aka People Too—created a delightful series that imagines their clients’ animals as decorated war heroes, dainty ladies, and learned fellows. They’re totally imaginative and constructed entirely out of paper. The creative pair layered colors and cutouts, producing 3D portraits reminiscent of historical paintings from the 17th or 18th century. Check out their work in progress below!
Not too long ago, I shared some of Mlle Hipolyte’s amazing paper-crafted masks. Since then, I’ve been keeping an eye on her work. I was perusing Instagram yesterday and saw snippets of her mural-sized paper project. How great! And, better yet, Mlle posted the entire Tropical Jungle on her website.
She explains on Bored Panda that everything was cut by hand, and it took two weeks to get the paper elements ready to go up on the wall. Afterwards, it took six hours to apply it to the vertical surface. Totally worth the time and energy. I love the colors and all the small details.
Did you ever play with paper dolls? I did when I was younger, and so I was instantly attracted to Sara Guindon’s delightful paper toys. They feature characters dressed to the nines who do things like play guitar, look through their binoculars, and draw in their sketchbooks. Fun!
Each puppet is handmade and printed on acid-free card stock. Their moveable joints are secured by brads and are able to move up and down. Some are available for purchase on Sara’s Etsy shop.
This exquisite piece by illustrator Sonia Poli is called Vegetal Gradiant. It’s made from paper and mounted in an embroidery frame. Sonia writes:
While following my path through the paper collage world and I simply came up with this. Tired of frames, I wanted my collage to act more like a sculpture. After playing around with fish for my previous exhibition, I used the same technique (gradient from navy blue to a lighter/brighter color) for another favorite thing of mine, leaves.
Lila Poppins is an illustrator and paper designer who uses her talents to create fantastic beasts, lovely blooms, outdoor scenes, and much more. In addition to sculpting with paper, she also directs stop motion films. Lila’s Tumblr features a few of these animated snippets, one of which is a combination of paper and 2D illustration. The film is an illustrated French poem written by Jacques Prevert and available to view on Vimeo (I’ve also included it below).
And, just a note: illustrator Clément De Ruyter is the person behind the character design of this creature. (Lila did the paper work, obviously!)
Look at all of these tiny pieces of paper! French illustrator and paper designer Mlle Hipolyte created these gorgeous animals masks that are awe-inspiring in their intricate details. Seriously. Just take a look at the individually-folded pieces of paper layered on top of one another. They build a colorful, tactile form that mimics fur.
Mlle produces 2D illustrations, too. Check out their Behance and Facebook for more.
Vera van Wolferen calls herself a “cardboardcraftswoman,” because she creates intricate and meticulously-constructed scenes out of cardboard. They’re incredible! Using the white/gray variety, she adds a few other materials that result in dream-like scenes. I love how the shutters, weather vanes, and windmills are all articulated, as if they’re placed one by one. You can tell that Vera puts a lot of care into her work.
Much of Vera’s cardboard sets are made for stop-motion animations. In addition, she creates lamps, which are perfect for her houses. They fit over the top of light bulbs and cast a comforting glow from the windows. Find a few of them on Etsy.
It’s no secret my love for paper sculpting, and so when I saw the Chanel Spring 2015 Couture Runway, I was instantly enthralled. The floral theme featured an arboretum of white cardboard palms constructed under a glass ceiling. And, better yet, they moved!
It took 6 months to produce the 300 flowers that decorated the set. Each featured their own engine, and at the start of the show, Baptiste Giabiconi (Karl Lagerfeld’s muse) “watered” them and brought the mechanical blooms to life.
The mostly-white backdrop had pops of color that complimented the couture outfits, some of which were heavily adorned with brilliant flowers. Images of the set and clothing below!
Estudio Guardabosques is the collaborative efforts of creatives Juan and Carolina from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They craft scenes entirely out of paper by using complex sculpting to fold and build forms. Often, that involves perforating edges and cutting just so — enough to transform the paper, but not enough to wrinkle or destroy it.
Much of the couple’s work involves nature, and this is definitely where they shine. My favorite instances are where animals are involved. They’re cute, innocent-looking, and that fox… so wise!