Beautiful paper cut cityscapes by Stephanie Beck
Amazing … not that I need any more books but Folding Techniques for Designers by Paul Jackson is a beauty.
Inspired by the subtlety of tone on tone signage and the shadow-play of 3 dimensional letterforms.
Recreating this effect with paper - a material so beautifully tactile and simple yet often mindlessly discarded.
The time invested in each piece gives a sense of permanence to the material. The works are created by hand-plotting and cutting multiple sheets of 80gsm 100% post consumer waste recycled paper - minimizing the impact of paper consumption and consciously transforming a typically disposable medium into a long term piece of art.
Paper Alphabet is a bespoke typeface created especially for Sculpture Today, a comprehensive and illustrated overview of contemporary sculpture published by Phaidon Press.
The alphabet sprung from wanting to highlight what makes sculpture different from other art forms. by cutting and folding a flat sheet of paper, a three-dimensional alphabet was devised. A considerable amount of effort went into crafting and arranging the letterforms, each one playfully varying in shape, the depth remaining constant.
The legibility of the type is greatly influenced by the angle from which it is viewed. When viewed directly from above, the edges of the paper create outlines, making the letterforms easy to read.
Paper table by Scholten & Baijings combines subtlety with elegance. The folded cardboard models for the crockery are translated into light grey, unglazed porcelain cups and plates, playing with the suggestion of cardboard delicately. For the table linen the duo offers a contemporary solution: they designed two sets containing of napkins and table runners which can be used in various combinations. Their design is completed with a set of sober shaped glassware and cutlery.
Children of a young age play with small wooden blocks to learn the alphabet. Letters lead to words that lead into sentences and so on. Our oversized kraft boxes reintroduce the alphabet not as 26 distinct letters, but as the result of combining geometric parts. The 4-inch cubes may be viewed and stacked from any direction, creating unexpected shapes and letterforms. The boxes are made from recycled cardboard, delivered flat (assembling is part of the fun). This is a prototype. It is available for exhibit, licensing, etc.
Looking for Christmas presents is always dangerous, particularly when I start buying items I already know I want to keep.