Paper Art: It's All in the Wrist

Paper art. A skill we have all worked heartily at while in school making paper airplanes, origami pieces, and notes to pass in class. While we toiled with books and ran outside during recess, a few paper crafters got an early start on their careers. So just where are they now? Check out these incredible paper-inspired designs to see just how far they've come since the days of paper snowflakes.

Su Blackwell - Su Blackwell reforms books into 3D displays. She typically features some of her illustration along with the paper book art to capture a brief moment in the lives of children and wildlife. The design of butterflies flying out of an open book is one of her more simple designs that is still playful.

Bovey Lee - Bovey Lee does most of his work on chinese rice paper, a renewable resource, with intricate landscape scenes like this Tsunami design he created in 2008. His work is a modern take on the ancient forms of chinese paper-cutting.

Hina Aoyama - A Japanese born artist residing in France, Hina creates artistic takes on animals and lettering. Her precision is incredible, as is visible in this butterfly rendition in black. She offers classes as well to teach the art of paper cutting in Japan and has been featured in several books and exhibits.

Brian Dettmer - Brian Dettmer is a true reclaimed book artisan. He uses a variety of techniques including book bending and layering. You can even view his studio where he bends and manipulates the books on his Flik'r site.

Peter Callesen - An original when it comes to paper art, Peter Callesen has done large-scale paper art adorning full stories of buildings all the way to tiny pieces that can fit in the palm of your hand. This specific piece that features the skeleton below the tree is titled Fall.

So get out those crafting scissors and get inspired by these unique paper craft experts! There are a few videos online by the artists that feature how to dig into paper cutting, as well as resources available for the enthusiast.

Happy paper cutting!

(Images: Su Blackwell, Bovey Lee, Hina Aoyama, Brian Dettmer, and Peter Callesen)

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