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Collage is often thought of as an amalgamation of different materials. But for Brooklyn-based artist Mark Wagner, his ongoing collage work is almost always comprised of a single material: one dollar bills. But to simply refer to what he creates as collages probably doesn’t do them justice. Wagner’s work is extremely intricate and meticulous; he gives purpose to the placement of each shred of currency. We don’t doubt that whatever the material, Wagner could compose a masterpiece beyond our wildest imagination. But part of the intrigue here is certainly the taboo nature of destroying dollar bills. In his own words, Wagner discusses his choice of material: “The one dollar bill is the most ubiquitous piece of paper in America. Collage asks the question: what might be done to make it something else? It is a ripe material: intaglio printed on sturdy linen stock, covered in decorative filigree, and steeped in symbolism and concept. Blade and glue transform it-reproducing the effects of tapestries, paints, engravings, mosaics, and computers—striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable… the foreign in the familiar.”

Be sure to also check out the terrific process video below.

Via markwagnerinc.com

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The art of quilling, a technique that involves rolling, shaping and gluing strips of paper to form decorative designs, has been around for literally hundreds of years. Russian-born, UK-based designer and artist Yulia Brodskaya has a masterful handle on the time-honored art form, and brings it into the twenty first century through use in advertising, publishing and even CandyCrush-inspired art and animated replicas of her work (seen here and here and here). Her three-dimensional work is vibrant, highly detailed and really thoughtfully crafted. Brodskaya explains her passion for paper in her own words, “Paper always held a special fascination for me. I’ve tried many deferent methods and techniques of working with it, until I found the way that has turned out to be ‘the one’ for me: now I draw with paper instead of on it”. Brodskaya’s reputation is unmatched, with an impressive list of clients to prove it.

More paper art posts here and here.

Via artyulia.com

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With school back in session, it seemed appropriate to feature some brilliant design work that’s education related. Turkish designer Efil Türk had the tall order of illustrating ten principles of design for her thesis project at Dokuz Eylul University of Fine Arts in İzmir, Turkey. These visual fundamentals — balance, hierarchy, pattern, rhythm, space, proportion, emphasis, movement, contrast, and unity — are truly universal. And Türk handles them in a really beautiful and effective way… with hand-cut paper, no less. We love Türk’s choice of colors and shapes, and her typography skills are not too shabby either. Türk is clearly very talented, we look forward to checking out her growing portfolio in the near future. More paper art posts here and here and here.

Via Tumblr and Instagram

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Folding paper in interesting ways is an ancients tradition, but also a favorite childhood pastime for many. Filippo Perin, paper artist of Phil Toys based in Conegliano, Italy, recently set out on a mission to collaborate with fellow artists and designers in creating paper sneakers for the Paperair Art Show. The results are fantastic, almost resembling those awesome baby sneakers modeled after adult versions, but with a cool, modern-art-meets-street-art twist. Perin basically developed a template and let the artists have at it. All who participated clearly had a great time… we love the variety of styles and influences. More paper art here and here and here.

Via Behance

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Young UK-based designer Dan Hoopert’s latest project epitomizes intricacy in design and execution. This personal project—partly handmade, partly digital—explores ornate three-dimensional forms within characters of the alphabet. Simply amazing. We cannot even imagine how many hours were spent on this. Beautiful. Hoopert is a promising young designer, for sure. More paper art here and here and here.

Via Behance

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Swedish paper artist/illustrator/graphic designer Fideli Sundqvist has a superb style, and good eye for color. We particularly love her “Paint and Splash” series for its dynamic composition and inventive use of color. If her body of work is any indication, Sundqvist has a wide variety of interests and sources of inspiration. “I think you have to give yourself a varied life, expose yourself to different types of impressions. Mostly, I think it is the work itself that gives birth to new ideas. Desire drives the work forward, as I heard someone say on the radio, and that is so true.”

Via fidelisundqvist.com

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Vietnamese paper artist Nguyễn Hùng Cường does with folded paper what some artists do with, say, a paintbrush or pencil. His highly expressive form of origami is really remarkable. Featuring mostly animals, Cường’s body of work is like a masterclass in the art of paper folding. The level of detail he achieves is really quite exceptional. Check out some past origami posts (here and here).

Via Flickr

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Brooklyn-based sculptor Tara Donovan is known for transforming large volumes of everyday objects into incredible, impactful works. The sheer scope of her work seems to defy the laws of nature; piling, layering and bundling in almost organic forms that seem to bring to mind natural systems. These photos probably don’t even do her work justice. Donovan’s many accolades include the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award, among many others.

Via pacegallery.com

 

Photo 1: pins, toothpicks, glass; photo 2: adding machine paper; photos 3-4: buttons and glue; photos 5-6: polyester film; photos 7-8: styrofoam cups and glue; photo 9: pencils; photos 10-11: plastic drinking straws; photos 12-13: plastic cups

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Italian paper artist Andrea Russo produces some really unique and innovative origami. His work is not quite the traditional origami that comes to mind, but rather abstract forms of repeated geometric patterns of straight lines and sometimes even curves. His passion for this art form is clear, and his proficiency speaks for itself. We are truly mesmerized by his stunning body of work.

Via Flickr

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Young UK designer Jeffrey Huynh may be wise beyond his years. In his own words, Huynh says “the best ideas are sometimes also the simplest.” And he couldn’t be more right. In an age of fancy computer-generated work, Huynh bucked that trend with this piece for Wallpaper Magazine. His handmade 3D typography looks terrific, and reminds us that there is a certain satisfaction with hand work.

Via jeffreyhuynh.co.uk

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