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Paper Bas-Reliefs by Paper Sculptor Lauren Collin

Paper Bas-Reliefs by Paper Sculptor Lauren Collin

It’s incredible to see how the paper bas-reliefs by paper sculptor Lauren Collin (27 years) contain the finesse and refinement of Japanese precision. Despite her admiration for “origamiques”, referring to the minimalist Japanese culture, there is nothing Japanese about this French Paris-based artist.

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After her art studies and after earning a diploma in interior architecture at the Penninghen in 2011, Collin started working for design firm Gilles & Boissier. Here she discovered her love for paper in the art of model-making for her interior architectural projects, which were always executed in white.

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After three years at the design firm, Collin decided to become a full time artist and paper became her major mode of expression. “I wanted an evolution to design on paper in volumes” she says. Under the influence of her graphic designer mother (creativity) and dental surgeon father (precision), she began to cut paper forms with one of her father’s scalpels, achieving precise and flowing circular movements.

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Lauren Collin does not make use of preparatory sketches. Her inspiration comes from photos or images of nature and plants, but the various surfaces and the roughness of the grain of paper can also determine the way she works. While Collin is on the lookout for simplicity, refinement and harmony, according to her the emphasis is on the effect that light has on her sculpted paper. It’s the light that provides a notion of movement, resembling a mix of transparency and shadow. That’s why Collin mostly works in the mornings, sitting next to the window experimenting with the play of light on her beautiful bas-reliefs.

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A big thanks to Jean-Jacques Dutko’s gallery, which is showing all Paper Bas-Reliefs by Paper Sculptor Lauren Collin, in her first solo exhibition until May 16th on Rue Bonaparte, Paris. If you’re in the area – it’s a definite must see!

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Jan Schoonhoven – Monochrome Paper reliefs by “PaperArtView”

Monochrome Paper Reliefs – Jan Schoonhoven

I just couldn’t resist to pay homage to Jan Schoonhoven (1914 – 1994), and not because there is a beautiful exhibition of his work in Delft, The Netherlands or because he mainly worked with paper (cardboard and papier-mâché). It is for the simple reason that I utterly adore his bare, minimalistic, timelessness, abstract reliefs!

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Schoonhoven is considered one of the most active and influential Dutch minimal artist of the late twentieth century. He is recognized for his usage of monochrome white color and serialized abstract reliefs. Born in Delft and being very much a local guy, Schoonhoven worked most of his life as a postal clerk and enjoyed the position’s daily structure. He was only able to create art during the late hours of the day and on weekends.
In 1960, Schoonhoven co-founded the avant-garde Nul-Group, the Dutch branch of the international Zero Movement, and befriended other European Zero-Group artists (like Piero Manzoni and Lucio Fontana) that sought to reduce art to a zero degree by simplifying compositions and using everyday materials. Schoonhoven’s turning point came in 1962, when he participated in and curated a Zero-Group exhibition at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Musuem. In 1967, upon winning the second prize at the Sao Paulo Art Biennial, Schoonhoven gained international recognition and fame.

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Most of Schoonhoven’s reliefs are cardboard line sculpts in repetitive forms and strict schemes, free of any subject matter or highlights, with meaningless titles like “R71-36”. His works don’t convey emotions or political ideas, but rather attempt to reveal the beauty of the modern world without further analysis. Though Schoonhoven himself never said much about his own work, his everyday surroundings, such as the Delft pavements, rooftop tiles, stones and Dutch windows, were reflected in his art. At a closer glance, his reliefs miraculously change under different light conditions and you find that some of them are compiled from hundreds of hand-stacked labor pieces. In art circles, Schoonhoven is known as one of the most advanced artists of his generation and a great influence to fellow abstract artists of the late 60’s and 70’s.

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For my Dutch paper art-lovers, if you wish to see an overview of Jan Schoonhoven’s artworks including his sketchbooks, drawings and reliefs, there is a highly recommended exhibition until the 14th of February 2016, at the Museum Prinsenhof in Delft, The Netherlands. Enjoy!

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Paper Earth Skins – Bianca Severijns

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The various skins of earth resemble an amazing organ: new layers are born, they breathe, age, are constantly re-created and lost.

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During my visit to the desert, I was awestruck by the beauty of the marks, forms, patterns, formations and diversity of the earth’s layers. Each layer of earth embeds a story, a memory, or perhaps a scar caused by wind, water, drought, and time. I frenetically began photographing beautiful twig patterns and intriguing soil designs, knowing in the back of my head that these images might not be there tomorrow.

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A wealth of inspiration sprouted from these beautiful earth layers and engulfed me. Back in my studio, I started making paper sketches abstracting the essence of the earth’s layers and skins. As my friends know, I have been transitioning my artworks from female (feminine) subject matters to abstract monochromes. The new sketches are experimental and embossed, and I have dared to step out of 2D layering by creating reliefs, depths and heights, while simultaneous discovering new elements within my beloved paper medium.

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Driven by this new creative energy, my small visual poetics (paper sketches) became the starting point for new artworks. I am translating my recent fascination for natural textures, organic formations and soil layers into paper artworks, which will celebrate and nourish the beauty of earth.

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Just to show you how inspiring beautiful earth skins can be, take a look at the following photos by Joshua Nowicki, a St. Joseph-based photographer. While exploring the shores of Lake Michigan, he stumbled onto the following sand tower formations that were formed when blasts of winds slowly eroded layers of frozen sand. In one word: breathtaking!

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Timothy Hyunsoo Lee Paper Art

Timothy Hyunsoo Lee Paper Art

Timothy Hyunsoo Lee paper art invites viewers to experience the artist’s inner psychological state. Lee shares himself intimately. His art is a way of exploring and engaging his own history, which involves social, emotional and psychological issues.

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Lee (1990) is a Korean-born, New York-raised, Brooklyn-based artist that graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior, Drawing and Biology. Although fulfilling his dream of becoming a full-time artist, his science background is strongly incorporated within his creative process, mimicking the scientific method of observation, research, experiment, analysis and repeat.

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Timothy Hyunsoo Lee paper art themes deal with struggles arising from his dual Korean-American identity, as well as his anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. In his words, “Though never to see as a problem but as a different state of mind.”

The magic of Lee’s works lay in his ability to create repetitive, delicate gouache painted self-portraits (or parts) on paper and then brilliantly fold, crumble and cut them into paper sculptures and installations. Faces and eyes also feature prominently in his works.

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Some of his works are beautiful detailed self-portraits with tiny “cell” cutouts that remind viewers of honeycombs whose intricate, organic patterns reach the paper’s outer borders. Lee’s “Eyes” installations include many water colored paintings of his eyes in various shades that are then crumbled and folded, staring at its viewers, giving them a slightly bizarre, somewhat creepy feeling. All of Lee’s artworks depict his obsessive and labor intensive abilities, while also embracing his suffering and struggled in an amazing, captivating way. I applaud him for being a brilliant artist!

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Timothy Hyunsoo Lee has been featured in several solo exhibitions worldwide and is represented by Sabrina Amrani Gallery in Madrid, Spain. I am yearning to see lots and lots more of him!

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Bianca Severijns Artist Statement

Bianca Severijns Artist Statement:

My art is a physical representation of my ongoing reflective journey. It is paper art, molded by instinct and an intellect influenced by intuition. My art begins with virginal white paper, on its way to becoming something else, an alteration, a complex form. My medium is paper pieces, hand-torn with a gentle physicality that removes the newborn softness and creates a unique ruggedness that contains encounters, travels, reflections, love, loss and happiness. Each layer is composed of paper pieces in all shapes and sizes, which serve as a basis for the next layer, minute, day, year or experience. Everything is dynamic, a manifestation of the patterns, rhythm and exploration that is life. Everything is stop, regulation and boundary-free. It is a process steeped in femininity and labor, which attempts to reach the ultimate goal of purity and peace, not settling for anything less than the glorious artistic multi-dimensional adventure.

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Great thanks to Guli Cohen Photographer

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Bianca Severijns Paper Sketches

Bianca Severijns – Paper Sketches

In many ways, writing about one’s art is like demystifying the process of art making. Although I am passionate about writing blogs about other paper artists, it is kind of hard for me to reveal my own art process. It would totally freak me out to imagine myself in a transparent studio exposing my art-making to passing-byers, like those restaurants where diners can see straight into the kitchen. Not that I have anything to hide, but for me the working process of art is like a private voyage of discovery and an experiment with the self.

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That said, there is one thing about my working process I am willing to share: my paper art journal. At the beginning of this year, I began collecting my paper sketches which normally would have ended up in the bin. I consider this art-journal as a playground for possible new beginnings. It offers an opportunity for inspirational new try-outs of paper shredding techniques. I can play around freely and even throw sewing, folding, painting, embroidery and cutting into the mix.

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The paper sketches collected in my journal can be awkward, even ugly, but also wildly beautiful. They all honor the process. Some are layered paper surfaces that draw the eye inwards and beg to be touched, while others reflect my interest in patterns and rhythms. Though my artworks depict recognizable subjects, somehow my paper sketches stay abstract and don’t connect to the real world. One thing’s for sure: with these sketches, the emphasis is on my intuitive search and experimentation.

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As an artist, I feel privileged to be a part of the magic that comes with creating extraordinary things. When I started to devote more of myself to art, I came to the understanding that art equals freedom. Freedom in experimenting with (my own) techniques and exploring the depth of paper. That’s why I see my paper sketches as a fantastic tool for enriching my art! Sharing them with you, in some odd way, feels like revealing part of my working process without sitting in a transparent studio.

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Bridal dress paper art Bianca Severijns

Paper Art Bridal Dress – Bianca Severijns

For my new planned series of artworks I have embraced the idea of combining female images with sensuality and personal intensity. It is a continuation of my exploration of women during various stages of life, as well as my desire to capture woman’s fragile beauty.

I am therefore delighted to have completed the first piece of this new series of paper art, titled “Bridal Dress”. When I made this piece of paper art I immensely enjoyed designing the dress part. From up close, one finds in the garment the complexity of hundreds of hand-torn snippets which create a lace-like-look with paper, while the body parts are covered with delicate tattoo/ henna imagery. Both express my love for motifs and patterns.

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One can also perceive my new use of color, as I have aspired to use tones of water, leaving bright vibrant colors behind. The smaller size of “Bridal Dress” has not only refined my layer techniques, but also allowed me to experiment, throughout the work process, with new ways of shredding.

This artwork’s zero-gravity, floating-in-universe feel enhances the picture’s mystery, yet it is charged with positive energy and intense dynamics. To sum up, I continue to surprise myself with the possibilities of paper.

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Size: 190cm x 90cm
Paper Art Bridal Dress currently shown at: Peace of Paper Studio
This paper artwork is available for purchase. Please contact me for further details

Bovey Lee’s intricate paper cutting art

You feel total appreciation and a deep visual thrill when looking at Bovey Lee’s paper artworks. Lee is a genuine master of her medium, which is intricate paper cutting art. Her rice paper works are a manifestation of a brilliantly fine cutting technique whose aesthetic is delicate and refined. Though a complete master of the medium, Bovey Lee’s works also carry a message; her paper cutting art explores the tension between man and the environment in the context of power, sacrifice and survival.

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This Hong Kong born, Pittsburg-Pennsylvania based artist, who in 2005 created her first paper cutting art work, has ever since worked on some impressive projects. Among them are commissioned works for the Art@Government Buildings, New York Time magazine, Hugo Boss, Annabelle, and various group exhibitions around the world. Earlier this year her first solo exhibition “Water has a Memory” was shown at Florida’s Gavlak Gallery. The exhibition celebrated Lee’s affinity for nature, in particular water, as demonstrated in her paper cutting works.

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Bovey Lee admires anonymous Chinese paper cutting artists – generations of woman, grandmothers, mothers, daughters and granddaughters. Women who made paper cuttings neither for fame nor fortune but for self expression and familial bonding. Their beautiful spirit and thousands of years of work inspire her daily.

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One of the things I most like about Lee’s works is the more you look and look again, the more your engagement with her work increases, until you discover a truly intrinsic appreciation for the extreme preciseness (believe me, there is absolutely no room for a mistake) and the value of endless hours of craftsmanship. By using the medium of paper in a beautiful and fascinating way, Lee has definitely paved her way into my heart. She is absolutely magnificent!

Bovey Lee’s works are presented by Rena Bransten Gallery and Gavlak Gallery. A wide range of her works can be found on her website. Image courtesy of Bovey Lee

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Textile Design and Paper Art

Much to my delight, three volumes of “Textile designs of Japan” appeared out of a carton box that was stalled in our container since we immigrated to Israel six years ago.

These stunning books, published by the Japan Textile Color Design center, capture a rich treasure of hundreds of admirable designs, motifs and patterns. Each page illustrates parts or whole pieces of clothes (kimonos), quilts, costumes and accessories, showing the high techniques of dying, patchwork, embroidery and appliqué works, bringing alive the vigorous beauty of Japanese textiles.

Although I’m no textile expert, I can’t help falling in love with this amazing collection of beautiful, elegant, simple and rich textile patterns. As you know, I have a weak heart for pattern design.
I’m also amazed at how some pieces reflect the Japanese people’s inherent love for the beauty of nature and the elegant use of its elements. Yet, as these volumes were published in the 1960’s, 8o% of the illustrations are in black and white, which is a shame.

As you read this, you might be wondering how textile design books relate to my paper art. Well, I draw immense inspiration from the huge amount of pattern designs within these books – they are giving my work day a tremendously positive boost. And yes, I recently began a new work of art that, in a way, is closely related to textile design. Hope this has made you curious; I’ll reveal more in my next post!

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Pattern Passion by Bianca Severijns

Perhaps it is because I experienced the wake of pop trends, as well as the tail of the influential “flower power” movement, but I just have a soft spot for patterns.
The seventies left their mark on the revival of patterning and ornamenting in design as well as architecture. And in the eras that followed, patterns were no longer considered child’s-play, uncivilized or symbols of wild instincts.
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Virtually boundary-free, patterns covered everything from furniture, textiles and wallpaper to bricks, buildings and even bodies. And I just love it, not only because of the “wow-effect” or eye-feasting beauty, but also because it emotionally moves me. “Good” and “bad” taste aside, patterns have a sensuous influence on us earthly beings.

For the ones that are familiar with my work, my passion for patterns is pretty obvious. Not only do they resonate in my recent works of art, but also in my unbridled fascination for pattern books. One of my favorites is most probably ” Patterns in Design, Art and Architecture“. While not as recent a book as others (it was published in 2006), it’s the kind of book one can get lost in while searching for new perspectives and insights.

My pattern passion designs are inspired by the elements of nature. I’m fascinated by the shapes, colors and textures of leaves, feathers, flowers, wings and plants. I make use of their outlines, rhythms and color schemes, mixing them with my own imagination and creativity. My patterns hardly ever have a symmetrical of mathematical build up – they are more free and dynamic.

In any case, I am thrilled to share with you some detailed pictures of the patterns I have created in my almost finished artwork “Metamorphose”. I hope to show you the complete work in my next blog post!