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Cutting Edge: The Art of Papercraft

Paper is such an incredibly underrated artistic medium.

I'm definitely guilty of viewing paper simply as the blank slate for art to be painted, drawn, colored, or dyed upon. Paper Cut is a fantastic reminder that paper can be so much more. With the right finesse, paper can become a work of art all its own.

This book is a stunning collection of various artists' paper-based works. Some of them are so elaborate and life-like that it's nearly impossible to wrap your mind around the fact they're simply made of paper.

Check out these works of art from Jeff Nishinaka. Nishinaka prefers to use white paper only—reminiscent of classical Greek and Roman sculptures—to highlight the structural quality of the paper without distraction. His pieces feel thick and sturdy like sculptures and exist on a relatively large scale. Nishinaka says he uses a small wood dowel to manipulate the paper through rolling and curling—a technique that sounds too simple to be true.

Images excerpted from Paper Cut

The artists behind the French studio, Zim & Zou, have a completely different style and aesthetic with no less stunning results. The designers, Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmerman, like to create common objects out of paper (such as the cameras below) and reimagine them with more colorful palates.

"We found it very interesting to create as true a reflection of the original as possible, but with a totally different color scheme … our work is always inspired by a lot of things. We always try to be aware of our personal environment as well as the world in general, so everything we see can be a source of inspiration."

Images excerpted from Paper Cut

It will take you hours to peruse this incredibly curated collection of cut paper, and the medium will grow in your estimation, no doubt.

What's the most unusual artistic medium you've witnessed?

Heather Linder

Heather is a journalist and writer living in Chicago with her composer husband and art-loving puppy, Lancelot. She's on an endless quest for the city's best coffee and is endlessly inspired by Chicago's magnificent skyline. Heather is a bookworm, aspiring chef, and NPR fanatic. She's in the process of teaching her beagle to use a French press and overcoming her fear of DIY.

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