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Paper artist Helen Musselwhite

Capricorn. Happinez Magazine, The Netherlands. From the series of 12 illustrations of monthly horoscope page

Capricorn. Happinez Magazine, The Netherlands. From the series of 12 illustrations of monthly horoscope page. Paper artist Helen Musselwhite

Paper artist Helen Musselwhite works in her home studio, creating fabulous paper art with an ordinary set of tools. In particular, a table, reference books, lots of discarded scalpel blades and drawers full of paper. The result is impressive. According to Helen, she loves working with paper so much that she can get totally lost in what she is doing. And the time passes for her without noticing. She thinks that paper is a good medium. “As you can make it – as good as your own creativity, and that’s a fantastic challenge”. Her pieces usually start with some quick thumbnail sketch. She enlarges this and works from it. Helen Musselwhite loves to work on large-scale projects for brands and small commissions for private clients.
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Washi paper art by Kyoko Hazama

Cat and girl. Washi paper art by Kyoko Hazama

Cat and girl. Washi paper art by Kyoko Hazama

Washi paper art by Kyoko Hazama
In fact, the Japanese use Washi paper in many traditional arts.
And Japanese paper artist Kyoko Hazama also creates cute miniature sculptures out of this durable and rigid paper. According to Kyoko Hazama, she has been used Washi paper since childhood, first as a game, then, at her twenties – created miniature sculptures. Meanwhile, every sculpture begins with an idea drawn in a sketch. Using different colors of paper, layer by layer, Kyoko Hazama constructs her cartoon-like figurines. Noteworthy, the main inspiration for Kyoko Hazama became facial expressions of animated cartoon characters from the Czech Republic. Anyway, the art of Kyoko Hazama originates from the traditional Japanese folk art dolls combined with her individual view and feelings. Her miniature human sculptures, which are mostly girls – depict her personality, they are symbolic self-portraits.
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Paper Cut Art by Eric Standley

Paper Cut Art by Eric Standley

Stunning Paper Cut Art by Eric Standley, American fine artist

Paper Cut Art by Eric Standley
Inspired by Gothic geometry and Islamic architectural ornamentation, American artist creates fabulous artworks of paper. Meanwhile, the artist has his unique individual style. Eric Standley got his B.F.A. after graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art and M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design. He is an Associate Professor of Studio Art and the Foundations of Art and Design Coordinator for the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech. According to the artist, he sleeps on rare occasions and dreams that with hard work and concentration he might one day become a modernist. Standley holds allegiance to a faith of his own construction, reinvented on a daily basis.
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Paper sculptor Sher Christopher

Paper sculptor Sher Christopher

‘Sorrow’. Impressive work by Paper sculptor Sher Christopher, British artist

British paper sculptor Sher Christopher creates amazing things from paper, they look like origami, but they are not. Her sculptures and portraits are complex and expressive, as if they live their own fairytale paper-life. Noyeworthy, she manages to convey complex emotions … For instance, this young woman whose pain is palpable.
According to Sher Christopher, the sculpture ‘Sorrow’ is a very, very personal piece, an auto-biographical one. In 2009 Sher’s Mum was diagnosed with cancer, with a brain tumor, and had only a few months left to live. It was the most devastating news. Sher couldn’t work at the time, and was utterly lost. This image was a recurring one in her thoughts and dreams, and the only image that began to express how she felt.
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Silhouette paper cut art

Unknown artist of the XVIII century. Silhouette of Russian Grand Duke Paul Petrovich and Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna with sons Alexander and Constantine, planting a tree in front of the bust of Catherine II. 1784 - 1785. The State Hermitage Museum, Silhouette paper cut art

Unknown artist of the XVIII century. Russian Grand Duke Paul Petrovich and Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna with sons Alexander and Constantine, planting a tree in front of the bust of Catherine II. 1784 – 1785. The State Hermitage Museum, Russia. Silhouette paper cut art

Silhouette paper cut art
In fact, this is one of the oldest kinds of art, and its first traces – found in ancient China. The explanation is very simple – paper cut art appeared with the invention of paper in China. The ancient masters drew on paper, wrote Chinese characters, and used for government documents. However, the Chinese have gone even further. They used to cut silhouettes out of paper, stack them on the window, and the whole effect of this appeared in the evening, when the light lit the windows. Also, different cut silhouettes belonged to different national beliefs of the Chinese.
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Embroidered dance by Jose Romussi

Dance. Anna Pavlova. Embroidered dance by Jose Romussi

Outstanding ballerina Anna Pavlova. Embroidered dance by Jose Romussi

Embroidered dance by Jose Romussi
Landscape designer by education, Chilean artist Jose Romussi has become known for his embroidered prints and collages. This series of thread art features vintage ballet dancers of the Ballets Russes, who were real stars of the time. In particular, Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Alla Shelest, Tamara Karsavina, Olga Spessivtseva, Diana Gould, Susie Presley, and Diana Adams.
Inspired by vintage black & white photographs, Romussi uses them as the base for stitching colorful thread lines to the picture, thus giving the old costumes a new vision. Since 2011 the self-taught visual artist Jose Romussi lives and works in Berlin.
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Myriam Dion paper lace curtains

Myriam Dion paper lace curtains

Stunning paper art by Canadian artist, Myriam Dion paper lace curtains

Myriam Dion paper lace curtains
Using such a prosaic material as the front pages of daily newspapers, Canadian paper artist Myriam Dion creates fabulous woirks of art. In particular, with the help of a sharp blade and imagination, she turns newspapers into the magic patterned fabrics. Miriam Dion graduated from the Department of Fine Arts and Design, University of Quebec with MA in Visual and Media Arts in 2014. Working with old editions of the newspapers «Financial Times», «The International Herald Tribune» and «Le Devoir», she carves out intricate paper resembling antique lace patterns. Fastened in the web that can cover an entire wall, the newspapers are similar to samples of complex design textiles.
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