via: Louise Jenkins
How cool are the colors in this piece by Louise Jenkins? This is one of those cut paper projects that I have to look at several times to determine that it is, in fact made with paper. This one almost feels like a watercolor to me.
via: Florence Weiser
Florence Weiser has several pieces if you click on the photograph, which all feature some nice experimentation with type as well as fun graphic illustrations and patterned (!) paper. I don’t think we see enough patterned paper in papercraft these days.
via: Eiko Ojala
So, I’m kind of obsessed with this series of cut paper illustrations by Eiko Ojala that was done for a Estonian Weekly newspaper called Eesti Ekspress. The article was on eating habits and was called “Hunger for Love.” If you’ve ever asked yourself what a grown man would look like spooning a croissant, check out the rest of the series by clicking on the image. They are fabulous.
via: Louise Heng
I may be mistaken, but I think this series of Moroccan playing cards by Louise Heng is a student project. In my mind, that makes it all the more impressive. She’s done the Jack, Queen and King in the set, but I need more, Louise. Full deck, stat.
I featured some cut paper type experimentation by Daydreams and Nightschemes in the January papercraft roundup, and they did not disappoint in February when they came back with this series of pieces about Deception. When the works are shown over a white field, all that is visible are the quotation marks. It’s only when light shines through them that the text appears. Pretty cool.
via: Alisa Brainard
I couldn’t not post this awesome piece by Alisa Brainard. I actually first saw it when I was doing the roundup for January (since I’m routinely posting these almost a month late) and I was so bummed I had to wait an entire month to share it. I think she did a superb job. This piece has great texture and depth, and the layering is amazing. I hope to see more work from her in the future for sure.
via: Jared Andrew Schorr
One of my favorite pieces, from one of my favorite artists. I’m all about some all gold everything lately and Jared is tapping into that with these golden trees and adorable bears. Jared Andrew Schorr, you never let me down.
via: Kevin Stanton
Last but not least, this is an older piece by Kevin Stanton, and I’ve featured it before but I’m bringing it back because Kevin recently started selling prints of his work, which you can find by clicking the link to his store. I plan on purchasing a print of this beauty, asap. How about you?
This is a post, and by post, I mean post-it note. Those are post-it notes, people! Jared Andrew Schorr, one of my favorite favorite paper artists (mentioned on ThePaperGnome here, here, here and here) is back with some adorable papercrafted cameras, all made out of layered post-it notes. They are going to be part of Giant Robot’s 8th Post-it Show, and if you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can check it out December 8-16. More info on that here.
via: Heather Clements
“Rhapsody” hand-cut paper. 16″x20″. 2012.
Heather Clements’s work is new to me, and I am super impressed. I love the way she uses the striped linework as shading. Intricate, graphic, and super clean. Her other work is just as impressive. Click here to see some stunning NSFW artistic papercut nudes.
via: Dana Sanmar
How cute is that octopus face? Dana Sanmar mixes cut paper with acrylic paint illustration to some pretty charming and quirky results. This is the only piece she currently has on her online portfolio but I hope to see some new work from her soon.
via: Constanza Soria
I see a lot of this style of papercraft, but I think Constanza Soria has really got it down. I love the color (I will forever have a mint crush) and the type is beautiful even if I don’t know what it says/means.
via: Autumn Brown
I am in love with this one, y’all. It is so clean and the composition is great. I bet Autumn Brown has an impressive paper collection. Orange octopi were big this month, huh?
via: Blind, Inc.
One of many production stills from Blind Inc.’s rebranding effort for the artificial sweetner Sweet N’ Low. The attention to detail is amazing. Check out the rings on the tree and those woven lawn chairs! Love it.
via: Kevin Stanton
And last, but certainly not least, some new work from Kevin Stanton that just might be one of my favorite works to date from him. That’s a lie. I will always love his papercraft pokemon the most. But this portrait of Sade is truly stunning. The colors are gorgeous and it was actually done on spec for Rolling Stone. Kudos, Kevin!
September was such a good month for papercraft. These are some of my favorite pieces to date. In other news, I’m going to be trying my hardest to resume a normal daily blogging schedule this month. Look forward to much more original content including ThePaperGnome illustrations, free downloadable content, and invitation and decorations just in time for Halloween!
Edutopia papercraft by Jared Andrew Schorr
One of my absolute favorite papercraft artists, Jared Andrew Schorr just shared this new piece he put together for Edutopia. Since it’s that time of year where all the kiddies head back to school, Jared partnered with Edutopia who are donating money to teachers for new school supplies. You can help by liking Edutopia on Facebook. Not only will you be supporting a good cause (and Jared Andrew Schorr), but you also have a shot at winning a $250 gift card. Not too shabby, eh?
You have to act fast if you want to win though, because the contest ends August 24th.
What do you think of the piece? The illustrations are fabulous as always, and I love the limited color palette.
You might have noticed that ThePaperGnome has been a bit sporadic lately. My life has been going through a lot of changes lately, both personally and professionally, and I think that it’s time that ThePaperGnome goes through some changes of its own. I’m still working on getting the new design for the site ready and have found a design team that I’m really excited to work with to help with the coding aspects.
I’ve also been doing a lot of brainstorming when it comes to content for ThePaperGnome. A lot of what I’ve been doing for the past year (almost) of blogging is curating things that inspire me on the internet, and adding little bits of design to help convince myself that I’m still a designer even if I don’t have my dream job, and brief glimpses of my work. I feel like I’m just regurgitating things I find on the internet and there isn’t enough of me on this blog. In the future, you can expect a lot more original content.
You can still look forward to collections of papercraft goodness, but as the title of this post suggests, I’m only going to post them once a month instead of weekly. Starting today!
via: Jonathan Shackleton
I’ve seen these adorable little paper suits floating around Tumblr and Pinterest this month and I kept wondering what they were for. Now that I know, I like them even more. Designer Jonathan Shackleton was hired by Fedrigoni, an Italian paper company to create a marketing campaign that would introduce the UK market to their new paper selection tool which features 262 different paper samples. That sounds like a dream to me. Shackleton came up with the concept of printing templates onto those paper samples, so you can cut them out and assemble a dapper little suit, getting a feel for the paper and seeing how different patterns might work together for your project. It’s brilliant and adorable.
via: Zim and Zou
This is a super quirky project by French design duo, Zim and Zou celebrating the 30th birthday of the restaurant Au Bon Gîte. The chef comes up with bimonthly menus, and Zim and Zou create a mask made up of the ingredients of that menu. In this case there’s asparagus, strawberries, onions, peas, rice, and ham on the bone. After seeing this first mask, I can’t wait to see the rest of the series.
This is part of a campaign for the Colsubsidio Book Exchange, and the concept is pretty straight forward. They took iconic characters and illustrated them as minimally as possible with paper. Must be a trend going around. Only last week I featured a similar minimal illustration of Gotye from Alysse Asilo.
via: Jared Andrew Schorr
Jared Andrew Schorr just showed this piece he commissioned for a friend of Diagon Alley and I am just in awe of his talent. He’s one of my favorite paper artists, and his website is pretty much my favorite on all of the internets. And I do mean in ALL OF THE INTERNETS. You should check it out. It’s a good time.