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Paper Cuts: The astonishingly beautiful cut-out artwork of Ivonne Carley
07.25.2017
10:02 am
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I’m sure most of us recall at some point in our childhood folding paper into squares and delicately snipping patterns with scissors to create something that looked like a primitive doily. I recall it was the end of term, junior school, Miss Burton’s class, the smell of freshly cut grass and the first promise of summer, when I sat deliberately paring triangles and rhomboids in the hope of making something half presentable to take home. This formulaic but effective process made it almost impossible to imagine anyone could create something as spectacular as the designs cut by artist Ivonne Carley.

Ivonne Carley makes beautiful and intricate artworks from cut paper. Based in San Diego, Carley’s interest in creating such art stemmed from spending time with her parents in Mexico during her formative years. It was then that Carley discovered she had a great liking for the traditional high contrast imagery of lino block printing by artists like José Guadalupe Posada, but was especially enamored by the elaborate designs produced by paper cutting or papel picado. In particular, Carley liked the many ornamental designs Mexicans prepared for celebrating the Day of the Dead.

Spool forward a few years and filter this childhood interest through a liking for Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo, MC Escher, Bosch, and a great love for Halloween, and you will find Carley has finessed her interest into a fabulous world of beautifully dark and delightfully original designs.

Ivonne Carley has exhibited her work in group and solo shows—most recently in the exhibtions Reliquary and Toil & Trouble—and has several shows coming up. Check Carley’s website, Instagram, and Facebook page for more of her exquisite work.
 
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‘As Above, So Below.’
 
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‘Deliciously.’
 
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Posted by Paul Gallagher
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07.25.2017
10:02 am
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Adorable handmade diorama cards featuring Delia Derbyshire, Roxy Music, De La Soul and many more


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I normally don’t care about papercraft objects, I guess because I wouldn’t know exactly how to use or display them. They seem so fragile to me. That was until I saw this adorable Delia Derbyshire paper diorama card featured via a friend’s Facebook page. It would make a perfect gift for someone who’s a fan of Derbyshire. It looks sturdy, too!

Well, It piqued my interest and I discovered they’re made by Etsy shop HeyKidsRocknRoll. Not only is there one of Delia Derbyshire but pop-up cards of Roxy Music, Grandmaster Flash, De La Soul, Stevie Wonder, Run-D.M.C., Raymond Scott and Hank Williams, too.

Sadly, it looks like someone has already purchased the one of Derbyshire. But I’m sure if you contact the Etsy shop directly and inquire, more could possibly be made.

At least I hope so! I want one!


Roxy Music
 

Stevie Wonder
 

Grandmaster Flash
 
More after the jump…

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Posted by Tara McGinley
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10.10.2016
12:04 pm
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‘Ghostly fossils’: Beautiful, detailed paper sculptures of cells and microbes
07.07.2014
11:24 am
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Rogan Brown’s paper sculptures of cells and microbes are an exploration and representation of “natural organic forms both mineral and vegetal.”

I look for patterns and repeated motifs that run through natural phenomena at different scales, from the microscopic to the macroscopic, from individual cells to large scale geological formations.

I am inspired in part by the tradition of scientific drawing and model making, and particularly the work of artist-scientists such as Ernst Haeckel. But although my approach involves careful observation and detailed “scientific” preparatory drawings these are always superseded by the work of the imagination; everything has to be refracted through the prism of the imagination, estranged and in some way transformed.

Each sculpture is painstakingly crafted and the process is (obviously!) time consuming and labor intensive. However, all this work is “an essential element not only in the construction but also in the meaning of each piece.”

The finished artefact is really only the ghostly fossilized vestige of this slow, long process of realisation. I have chosen paper as a medium because it captures perfectly that mixture of delicacy and durability that for me characterizes the natural world.

You can see more Rogan’s beautiful paper sculptures here.
 
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Via Nerdcore

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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07.07.2014
11:24 am
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Papercraft dolls of Alan Moore, Peep Show, IT Crowd and many more!


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Mustard Mag has delightful and downloadable PDFs of DIY papercraft dolls featuring all your favorite Britcom celebrities, including this week’s talkshow guests Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher from Snuff Box.

I love the Stewart Lee doll. Captures him well, I think. Not that he’s a blockhead or anything…

Download the PDFs here.



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Peep Show
 

Stewart Lee


 

Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher in Snuff Box


 
Thank you, Steve Luc!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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10.13.2011
12:47 pm
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